Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The 2008 is priced towards the more expensive end of the class; its closest rivals are the Audi Q2 and Volkswagen T-Roc, while the top-spec trim's price is truly eye watering. Once you’re in that price range, you’ll find better value if you consider cars in the family SUV class above. The same goes if you want to purchase your car through a PCP finance scheme; the 2008 commands a higher monthly rate than most rivals.
Based on official economy figures, the 2008’s engines are frugal and relatively low CO2 emissions make it a tempting company car option. Our preferred 1.2 Puretech 130 petrol engine officially returns 50.6mpg and 137g/km of CO2, which is pretty good next to its closest rivals'. And in our True MPG testing, which reflects what you can actually expect to see in the real world, the 1.2 Purtech 130 recorded 47.3mpg.
Equipment, options and extras
Active gives you the basic necessities, including 16in alloy wheels and manual air-conditioning, but we’d suggest upgrading to Allure because it gains you climate control, 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass and power-folding door mirrors, as well as the additions of rear-seat USB ports and front parking sensors we've already mentioned. It also gets the extra safety kit mentioned below.
If you don’t mind spending a bit more, GT Line trim adds some genuinely useful features, such as the aforementioned rear-view camera and heated seats, but we’d avoid the top-spec GT trim as it bumps the price up massively.
Peugeot finished roughly mid-table in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, placing 18th out of 31 manufacturers overall. That's above Audi and Citroen, but below most of its other key rivals, including Ford, Skoda and Volkswagen.
Every 2008 gets a three-year warranty, consisting of two years of unlimited-mileage cover from the manufacturer and an additional year that’s provided by Peugeot’s UK dealer network.
Safety and security
It's worth noting that entry-level Active models qualify for only a four-star rating from safety experts Euro NCAP. That's because its camera-based Automatic emergency braking (AEB) system is less sophisticated than that used by Allure models and up; with a more advanced version that's able to recognise cyclists and pedestrians better at night, these cars hold a five-star rating.
It’s also worth noting that the 2008 it isn't as good in some areas, such as chest protection and whiplash protection for those in the rear, as rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Roc.
Lane-keeping assistance is standard across the range, but blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are standard only on range-topping GT models, and optional on GT-Line. There are Isofix child seat fittings in the front passenger seat, as well as in the two outer rear seats.
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