The Auto Trader expert verdict: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.0

Available new from £20,150

Building on a recent run of form from Peugeot, the new 2008 inherits the sharp design language that’s made such a success of its 3008 big brother and shares foundations with the DS 3 Crossback. Launching into an intensely competitive sector filled with talented and equally style-focused rivals, the 2008’s combination of style and the choice of petrol, diesel and full electric powertrains is impressive, likewise its user-friendly controls, practicality and excellent ride.

Reasons to buy

  • Sharp looks
  • Comfortable ride
  • Economical engines and EV option
Best avoided
Entry-level Pure models
Small savings in upfront cost not worth sacrifice in safety kit or lack of features
Most economical
e-2008 full-electric
More expensive to buy but with huge savings in general running costs and BIK
Pick of the range
1.2L 130 Puretech Allure
Mid-range petrol is punchy and nippy and is the predicted best-seller

Running costs for a Peugeot 2008 4/5

The new 2008 is part of a new strategy from Peugeot offering a common package for which you then choose an engine type to suit your needs. This means at each of the four trim levels there’s the option of a petrol, a diesel or full EV version, all of them competitive in terms of running costs according to their intended use.

The petrol engine comes in three power levels according to the trim and, generally speaking, will suit those looking for an urban or suburban runabout, while the diesel’s sub-100g/km CO2 and excellent fuel consumption will suit those running one on company money or with an eye to keeping a lid on tax bills. The best of all on that score is the all-electric version though, the zero Benefit In Kind rate coming in April 2020 making this especially attractive to company drivers for whom the claimed 193-mile range is sufficient. At the moment the price of this car also benefits from the government grant encouraging people into plug-in electric vehicles, though even with this factored in the electric version carries a hefty upfront premium compared with its internal combustion alternatives. You’ll need to crunch the numbers to see if it works for you but it’s good to have the option.

The Peugeot’s pricing looks on a par with rivals like the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka, Volkswagen T-Roc and the many others in this fashionable and competitive sector. Like for like it’s also a chunk cheaper than the premium-pitched DS 3 Crossback with which it shares a platform and engines.

Reliability of a Peugeot 2008 5/5

The Peugeot 4007 representing the brand in the Compact SUV segment of Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index is from a couple of generations back but its relatively strong showing is confidence inspiring and ahead of the Volkswagen Tiguan. Peugeot also beats Volkswagen and many others in the overall manufacturers’ rankings too. And there’s more good news when you consider the 2019 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study, where Peugeot tops the table for the lowest number of ‘problems per 100 vehicles’ by which the brands are ranked. Obviously, the 2008 is a brand-new car and it’s too early to say whether there are any inherent issues to be aware of. But, as a brand, Peugeot would appear a dependable choice.

Safety for a Peugeot 2008 4/5

As a bang-up-to-date model the 2008 benefits from the latest safety equipment and comes as standard with an impressive array of technology to keep you out of trouble. Standard features include active lane-keeping assistance, which actually tweaks the steering to keep you between the white lines should you start running wide. Automatic braking meanwhile brings you to a halt should a pedestrian step out in front of the car while the screen-mounted camera relays speed limits and other traffic sign information to the dash display. This is good enough for a four-star NCAP rating, which increases to a full five-star score on Allure and up, thanks to more sophisticated automatic braking that works in dark and low-visibility situations too. The flagship GT version gets the full kit, including blind spot detection that steers you out of a collision should you fail to see a vehicle alongside and full active cruise control with stop and go function in traffic. These functions can be added as a cost option to Allure and GT Line models when you also choose the automatic transmission.

How comfortable is the Peugeot 2008 4/5

In contrast to some of the more swoopy looking alternatives the 2008 adopts a more traditional, boxy SUV-inspired shape, which is good for interior space. Given the popularity of these cars with families the legroom means plenty of space for everyone, with room behind the front seats for everyone from those in bulky child seats to lanky teenagers alike. There’s plenty of adjustment in the driving position for drivers of all shapes and sizes too while upholstery gets steadily fancier as you progress up the range.

Ride comfort, at least on the smaller wheels on Active and Allure models, is impressively assured and copes well with both twisty roads and urban obstacles such as speed humps. Top-heavy vehicles like this often suffer from significant body roll compared with more conventional hatchbacks but Peugeot has done a good job of keeping this in check, without compromising the ride comfort with excessively stiff springs. The 18-inch wheels on GT Line and GT models will be a little less refined over sharp bumps but, overall, the 2008’s ride is one of its more appealing qualities. Peugeot has also calmed the somewhat twitchy response to the steering found in its 3008 big brother, meaning it’s more relaxing to drive while still feeling direct and surprisingly agile.

Features of the Peugeot 2008 4/5

All 2008s feature Peugeot’s distinctive driving environment of a small, low-mounted steering wheel and strip-like instruments positioned above. It takes a little getting used to but soon becomes second nature, the funky three-dimensional dials (standard on all but the entry-level Active model) a true surprise and delight feature that also has real functional benefits. Configurability to include nav information, conventional dials or a ‘minimal’ display for night driving are all useful, Peugeot claiming a half-second improvement in reaction times to information.

Also standard from Active and up is a large touchscreen, mounted high in the dash and angled towards the driver and featuring TomTom-based navigation with additional CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity if you prefer to use your phone apps. In its basic form this uses a smaller display framed within the unit that houses the more sophisticated and function-rich full-screen on GT Line and GT models. Allure buyers can upgrade at a cost, this bringing with it increased connected functionality and a three-year subscription.

Power for a Peugeot 2008 4/5

Peugeot deserves praise for offering buyers the powertrain to suit their needs, be that petrol, diesel or full electric. Thankfully it’s also kept the options relatively easy to understand, the 1.2-litre petrol engine common to all versions and power increasing as you progress up the range. Likewise the 1.5-litre diesel, which is the same on all models and, again, with the electric, which has the same 136 horsepower motor on all versions.

Peugeot expects the mid-level 130 horsepower petrol to be the best-seller and, while it has a noticeable throb, it does a respectable job and its emissions figures are impressive. The diesel is actually more refined and has a smoother power delivery that will work better for those doing motorway miles, though it is more expensive like-for-like.

Then there’s the electric version. Power matches that of the petrol, the considerable extra weight shrugged aside by the effortless, instant response. Performance is more than good enough to keep pace, both in town and on the open road, and the excellent refinement means minimal intrusion on the inner calm from wind or tyre noise. The official 193-mile range is less than that offered by the equivalent Kia e-Nero and it’s less powerful too. As with all EVs, it will suit those with predictable journeys and facility to charge at home or work. Plugged into the mains it’ll charge fully in 24 hours or in 7.5 hours from a dedicated wallbox. If you are travelling further afield or for long distances it can go from zero to 80 per cent charge in as little as 30 minutes, assuming you can plan your route to include suitable DC fast-chargers. As such you could safely cover 250 miles with a single half-hour coffee stop, assuming the infrastructure is there to support it.