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Used test: Audi Q2 vs Peugeot 2008: interiors

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...

Audi Q2 dashboard - blue 19-plate car

Interiors

Driving position, visibility, build quality, practicality

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 models received front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard from new.

Peugeot 2008 2021 RHD dashboard

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 seek out an example with the optional Comfort and Sound Pack if you want 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.

The Q2 infotainment system, with its standard 7.0in screen and rotary controller between the front seats, is easier to use on the move than the 2008's, responds quickly to inputs and benefits from decent graphics. That said, we would recommend finding a car with the upgraded 8.3in screen (pictured). The 2008's 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. The menus can be tricky to navigate, but you can bypass Peugeot’s system by using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring instead.

Audi Q2 2020 boot

Both of our contenders offer plenty of space for front seat occupants. Leg room is extensive in both, and despite the fact that the 2008 comes with a panoramic glass roof in GT Line trim, even really tall people won’t find their heads brushing the roof lining.

Both offer plenty of front storage space, too, including deep door bins and small trays at the base of their dashboards. Meanwhile, in the 2008, there’s also a compartment between the front seats that houses a wireless charging pad.

Peugeot 2008 2021 boot open

In the rear, the 2008 has more leg room, allowing longer-legged passengers to stretch out more, but the Q2 has a bit more head room, extra width and taller side windows, so it’s preferable for three sitting side by side. Getting in or out of the Q2’s rear seats is easier, too, because its sills aren’t as wide as the 2008’s. However, the Q2 doesn’t have any USB ports in the rear, whereas the 2008 does – something worth bearing in mind if you have tech-obsessed kids.

Both cars’ boots are a decent size – the 2008’s is quite a bit bigger than the Q2’s when the 60/40-split rear seatbacks are folded down, though. Each has a height-adjustable boot floor that, in the highest setting, virtually eliminates any load lip.


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