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Used test: Audi Q2 vs Peugeot 2008: costs

Buy either of these two small SUVs at around three years old and you'll make a healthy saving on the price of a new one, but should you go for the suave Audi Q2 or the striking Peugeot 2008? We h...

Used Audi Q2 2016-present side driving

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety

From new, the Q2 was the pricier car at £28,520, while the 2008 came in at £26,100. Both are now available – in the trim and engine specs of our test cars – for £20,000 at three years old. This means the Q2 boasts the bigger saving, but has suffered slightly more from the rigours of depreciation. 

In terms of fuel economy, the 2008 averaged 47.3mpg in our tests, bettering the Q2's somewhat lacklustre 39.2mpg effort. Being 2019 petrol cars, both will cost you £165 per year in road tax. 

Peugeot 2008 2021 right tracking

In this S Line spec, the Q2 required a fair few optional extras from new to get near the 2008 GT line's specification. For example, climate control was an extra while heated seats and a rear-view camera were available only as part of a Comfort and Sound Pack. And if you want digital instruments, you’ll need an example with the Technology Pack.

While both cars were awarded five stars for safety by the experts at Euro NCAP, the Q2 scored higher for both adult and child protection, with the 2008 doing a comparatively poor job of protecting children in the rear in a side impact. Both cars have with automatic emergency braking as standard.

The 2008 was absent from our latest What Car? Reliability Survey, but the Q2 placed fourth out of 20 cars in the small SUV class. As brands, Audi came 18th out of 30 manufacturers featured, while Peugeot ranked 22nd. 

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