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 small SUV class, so its closest rivals are the Audi Q2 and Volkswagen T-Roc. The same goes if you're planning to buy using a PCP finance scheme; the 2008 commands a higher monthly rate than an equivalent Ford Puma, Renault Captur or Skoda Kamiq.
Disappointingly, the 2008 isn't predicted to hold onto its value as well as many rivals, including the Q2, Puma and Kamiq. However, thanks to relatively low CO2 emissions, it does make much more financial sense for company car drivers paying benefit in kind (BIK) tax.
And in our True MPG tests, which demonstrate the fuel economy you can expect to see in the real world, the 1.2 Purtech 130 averaged an impressive 47.3mpg.
Equipment, options and extras
Active trim gets you the basic necessities, including manual air-conditioning and 16in alloy wheel, but we’d suggest upgrading to at least Allure because this gains you climate control, 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass and power-folding door mirrors, as well as USB ports in the back and the front parking sensors we mentioned earlier.
We reckon Allure Premium is the pick of the range, though, because this adds the larger 10in touchscreen system we described in the infotainment section.
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.
The 2008 was too new to feature in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Peugeot as a brand finished 18th out of 31 manufacturers in the overall league table. That's above Audi and Citroën, but below most of its other key rivals, including Ford, Skoda and Volkswagen.
Every 2008 comes with a three-year warranty, consisting of two years of unlimited-mileage cover from the manufacturer and an extra year provided by Peugeot’s UK dealer network.
Safety and security
It's worth noting that entry-level Active models have a less sophisticated automatic emergency braking system than the posher trim levels. That explains why the experts at Euro NCAP awarded two separate safety scores for the 2008 range: a disappointing four stars (out of five) for Active models and five stars for Allure models and above.
However, it's worth noting that no 2008 is as good in some areas, such as chest protection and whiplash protection for those in the rear, as some rivals, including the Volkswagen T-Roc.
Lane-keeping assistance is fitted across the range, but blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are standard only on range-topping GT trim. There are Isofix child seat mounts on the front passenger seat, as well the two outer rear seats.
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