Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The petrol engine line-up starts with a 99bhp 1.2-litre turbo (badged PureTech 100). We haven't tried it in the latest 2008, but it's our favourite choice for the closely related Peugeot 208 so it should be up to the job.
The 129bhp 1.2 PureTech 130 is the most popular engine, though, and it's a great fit for the 2008. It offers impressively flexible performance, meaning there's plenty of oomph when you put your foot down at low revs. It makes the eye-wateringly expensive 1.2 PureTech 155 seem pointless, especially as even the 155 doesn’t have enough straight-line pace to genuinely entertain.
It's advisable to avoid range-topping GT Premium trim if ride comfort is a priority because it comes with relatively large 18in alloy wheels. Lower spec models have smaller wheels and a smoother ride.
If you’re looking for country-road entertainment, the Peugeot 2008 won’t do much to put a grin on your face.
The Audi Q2 and Ford Puma are much more agile and feel better tied down, plus they have more communicative, naturally weighted steering. Still, the 2008 inspires more confidence through faster bends than the Citroën C3 Aircross.
In any case, when you're pottering around in urban environments, the 2008 behaves very well thanks to its relatively tight turning circle and quick steering (you don't need to turn the wheel too much to get around tight corners).