Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 130 2019 Road Test

The new Peugeot 2008 is a sophisticated alternative to the new Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Skoda Kamiq. It’s got the substance to back up the style, even if it doesn't quite manage to live up to its £20,150 starting price.

One of the most impressive features of the new 2008 is its cabin. Not only is it satisfyingly premium, with lots of well thought out features and soft-touch materials, it’s also much more interesting than the cabin you get in a Skoda Kamiq, for example.

Allure models and above get Peugeot's clever 3D virtual instrument panel as part of the i-Cockpit setup. This takes a little getting used to, projecting information in hologram form within the driver's eyeline, but Peugeot claims it cuts reaction times. While we're not entirely convinced its practical benefits, it's certainly funky and modern to look at.

There's also a 7.0-inch touchscreen display as standard across the range (increasing in size to 10-inch on GT-Line models), featuring TomTom-based navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, providing access to features on your phone. This is easy enough to use, although responses can be a little slow compared to slicker systems used in premium rivals.

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The 2008's quite a practical choice too, with a 434-litre boot and little in the way of a lip, making loading bulky items easy. If you need more space, the rear seats drop to provide 1467 litres of room - pretty good for a crossover of this size, and slightly better than the latest Nissan Juke and Skoda Kamiq.

With the seats left up, there’s a generous amount of room for rear passengers, including ISOFIX points for two child seats. Access to the rear is good too, thanks to wide-opening rear doors.

The 2008 shares a platform with the recent 208 meaning, like the 208, it’ll be available with petrol, diesel or electric power. It’s the Puretech 130 petrol we’ve driven here - and that’s expected to be the most popular with buyers. Like all the petrol engines in the range, it’s a 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit, and it’s very good.

It’s a little noisy in a characterful three-cylinder way but it’s eager enough to almost make the more powerful 155 engine redundant (although you can only buy that in top-spec GT trim, anyway). Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. The manual isn’t the slickest gearbox on the market - a long throw means it feels quite stodgy to use.

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As such, we’d recommend the EAT8 automatic gearbox. This is a torque-converter gearbox that responds quickly and adds to the premium feel of the Peugeot 2008.

Around town, light steering and excellent visibility makes the 2008 easy to manoeuvre into tight spaces. That small steering wheel means it feels surprisingly agile on the open road, too, although - like other Peugeot models - it can make it feel slightly darty on the motorway.

That said, it’s quite refined on the open road, and the ride quality is pretty good, although we’ll wait until we’ve driven it in the UK for final judgement.

We really like the new Peugeot 2008. It’s a massive improvement on the outgoing model, and now up there with the best in the segment. Its interior is superb, it’s very practical and there’s an engine for everyone. The catch? That’ll be the price, with entry-level cars starting £20,150 at higher-spec models reaching more than £30,000.

The new Peugeot 2008 is available to order now.

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