Peugeot 2008 prices announced
Peugeot UK has confirmed that the 2008 - in effect a raised version of the 208 - will cost from £12,995 for the entry-level trim, Access+. The cheapest 208 Access+ costs £12,845, and the most basic Nissan Juke, the 1.6 Visia, costs £12,995.
However, the 2008 does look set to cost more than another of its main rivals, the Renault Captur. That car, closely related to the Clio, costs from £12,495.
The Peugeot 2008 Access+ brings air-conditioning, six airbags, electric front windows, cruise control and central locking as standard; it's available with either an 82bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 70bhp 1.4-litre diesel.
The next trim level up, Activa, adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, a multi-function touch screen, Bluetooth and a DAB radio; it starts at £13,845 for the 82bhp 1.2 petrol edition. This trim is also available with Peugeot's 1.6-litre diesel engine, with either 92bhp or 115bhp, and stop-start.
Allure brings tinted rear windows, automatic headlights and wipers, electric windows all round, dual-zone air-conditioning and Peugeot's new Grip control safety system, and starts at £14,995. It's only available with the 1.2 petrol or 1.6 diesel.
The range-topping trim, Feline, sits on 17-inch alloys and also includes a panoramic glass roof, sat-nav, an extra USB input and ambient lighting; it's available only with the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, costing from £17,450 and £18,445 respectively.
Baby SUVs are set to be a huge growth area in the next 18 months. The 2008, Captur and Juke are already facing up to the Chevrolet Trax and Vauxhall Mokka, and these contenders will all be targeted by new models from Fiat, Jeep and Ford.
By John McIlroy