Peugeot 2008 long-term test review: report 2

The original Peugeot 2008 had few rivals when it was launched, but plenty of other cars have since stolen its thunder. Can this all-new version return to the top of the tree?...

Peugeot 2008 long-term test review

The car Peugeot 2008 GT 1.2L PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S Run by Alastair Clements, special contributor

Why it’s here The first-generation 2008 was a success story for Peugeot; will shifting this new model’s focus from utility to style dilute its appeal?

Needs to Do the impossible – match chic looks with ruggedness, and compact proportions with family-friendly space

Miles covered 896 Price £27,730 Target Price £26,331 Price as tested £30,695 Official economy 43.1mpg Test economy 31.8mpg

28 April 2021 – Meeting the ancestor

In my first report, I pondered whether Peugeot’s shift upmarket with the latest 2008 would have an effect on its target audience, and since then I’ve had a chance to do a bit of first-hand market research.

Peugeot 2008 long-term test review

One of my best friends, Danny, has a first-generation 2008 that he’s been very happy with, and we meet every Wednesday when we help out restocking the local food bank. That's given us a perfect opportunity to compare the practicality of the two Peugeots, and the older car has done well.

Its combination of a low tailgate lip, a wide, deep load bay and rear seats that fold flat gives it a remarkable capacity. The higher-riding new car is almost able to match it for outright load-lugging, but it takes an awful lot more planning and juggling to do so. 

Peugeot 2008 long-term test review

Danny was impressed with the new Peugeot 2008’s interior makeover and the styling, although he reckoned his wife Michelle would be less keen on the sharper, more masculine look. The revised dashboard looks and feels better, and Danny pointed out how comfortable the seats are and how much more space there is in the back. That's an important consideration when you have three kids to ferry around to their various activities. 

Peugeot 2008 long-term test review

One area where the storage in the latest 2008 has fallen short for me is the glovebox. I’m the sort of person who usually stuffs all sorts of things in there, but I can't in the Peugeot because it’s tiny. There's not even room for a handbook, as I discovered when I had to go online to work out how to turn off the child locks (they’re controlled by a switch that also disables the rear electric windows).

Peugeot 2008 long-term test review

On the plus side, elsewhere there are plenty of neat solutions, including a little removable tray in the top of the storage box under the central armrest (ideal for stashing a set of keys) and a ‘secret’ panel forward of the gearlever. The panel contains a wireless charging point and is a good place to hide smaller items you’d prefer to keep away from prying eyes.

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