New Peugeot 2008 vs Audi Q2: interiors
Peugeot is building some fantastic cars at the moment, but does its new 2008 have what its takes to beat the poshest small SUV of them all, the Audi Q2?...
Behind the wheel
Driving position, visibility, build quality
Although the 2008 feels more like a proper SUV to sit in than the low-slung Q2, it has an unconventional driving position that forces you to look over the top of the steering wheel to see the instrument panel. And while the dials are set higher than usual, some drivers will still struggle to see them properly – a problem that simply doesn’t exist in the conventionally arranged Q2. Add in the fact that the 2008’s clutch pedal sits too closely to the footrest and it can be tricky to get completely comfortable behind the wheel.
You have a good forward view in the 2008, but its rising window line and shallow rear screen restrict rearward visibility. Thankfully, GT Line trim gets front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard.
The Q2 is fractionally better, with thinner front pillars and taller side windows. However, it, too, has thick rear pillars that obscure over-the-shoulder visibility. Rear parking sensors come as standard, but you have to go for the Comfort and Sound Pack (£1195) to get a rear-view camera.
Given that the Q2 is the best in its class for interior quality, the fact that the 2008 feels almost as upmarket is quite a feat. The upper surfaces of both look smart and feel soft, and while the Q2’s switches and buttons operate with a more satisfying click, the 2008 features a more eclectic mix of materials that work harmoniously to enhance the ambience. Some of the gaps between panels – the dash and the doors, for example – aren’t as tight as in the Q2, though.
Although the Q2 doesn’t feature Audi’s latest touchscreen infotainment system, that’s actually a good thing. The older system in the Q2, with its standard 7.0in screen and rotary controller between the front seats, is easier to use on the move, responds quickly to inputs and benefits from decent graphics. That said, we would recommend upgrading to the larger, 8.3in screen (pictured) as part of Audi’s £1495 Technology Pack.
GT Line trim comes with a 10.0in touchscreen that sits high up on the dashboard, making it easy to see without taking your eyes too far from the road. The system, however, can be sluggish to respond to commands and it’s hard to tell when you’ve actually pressed the touch-sensitive shortcut buttons. The menus can be tricky to navigate, but you can bypass Peugeot’s system by using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring instead.
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