What's the used Peugeot 2008 estate like?
The 2008 has been Peugeot’s small SUV offering since 2013. The classy and well-equipped first-generation 2008 gained plenty of praise, but was ultimately overshadowed by flashy new rivals as the years went on. So, in 2019, the French manufacturer introduced this second-generation car, aimed at giving the model a new lease of life.
To find out whether it’s a great used buy, let’s first dive under the bonnet. There you’ll find either a 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre diesel. If you go for the petrol-powered variety, you can have 99bhp, 129bhp or 153bhp. With the latter fuel, you have the choice of 99bhp and 108bhp. All-electric is an option too, but you’ll have to spring for the e-2008 for that.
We believe your starting point should be Allure, though, because 2008s in this trim come with smarter seats (over Active Premium), 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass and a more advanced emergency braking system. Allure Premium adds some extras, including a 3D effect for the digital instruments and a cornering function for the front foglights.
GT and GT Premium top the range, and will be the most well-equipped models on the used market. GT comes with a 10in touchscreen, wireless phone-charging, heated front seats and blind-spot monitoring, while GT Premium gets adaptive cruise control and keyless entry.
On the road, the 2008 isn’t particularly entertaining, though it inspires enough confidence in the corners. It’s very well-suited to urban environments because it has a relatively tight turning circle, as well as quick steering. Its ride is comfortable rather than class-leading, though, as the soft suspension doesn’t soak up larger road imperfections particularly well.
Interior-wise, it looks fantastic, and those swish looks are backed up by plush-feeling materials and (mostly) good build quality. There’s also plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel and driver’s seat, but it's a shame adjustable lumbar support isn’t available on all models.
The cheaper 2008 trims get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with shortcut buttons on both sides of the screen. The larger 10.0in touchscreen comes as standard on GT and GT Premium trims, with shortcut buttons lower down the dashboard. Both systems are a bit slow to respond to prods and generally fiddlier to operate than the more intuitive systems. Fortunately you get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring on all cars.
Front passenger space is good, while rear passenger space is about average for the class. The boot size doesn’t quite stack up to super-spacious rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Roc but there’s still a praiseworthy amount of storage on offer – enough for a family’s small holiday.