What's the used Peugeot 2008 estate like?
You can’t blame Peugeot for having a go at the whole small SUV thing. It’s an explosively hot marketplace right now. Take one popular 208 hatchback, add an additional ‘0’ in the middle of the name, jack up the ride height, fit chunky roof bars, raise the roof and, hey presto, you have the Peugeot 2008.
Engine-wise, the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol is available in 81, 108 and 129bhp guises, plus a thirsty 118bhp 1.6-litre. The diesel range kicks off with an underpowered 69bhp 1.4-litre (replaced with a 74bhp 1.6-litre in 2015), but it's the 1.6-litre diesels with 91 or 113bhp that are much more suitable in everyday driving (the facelift in 2016 introduced more powerful 99 and 118bhp versions of the same engine). Most models come equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, with six-speed units reserved for the more powerful engines. An unpopular five-speed automated manual gearbox served as the only automatic option until a six-speed auto came along with the facelift, but even this is a little on the jerky side.
Peugeot doesn’t offer a four-wheel-drive version of the Peugeot 2008, but it does offer something called Grip Control. Thus equipped, a 2008 will have a rotary dial by its gearlever with five pre-set driving modes: standard, mud, snow, sand and ESP (electronic stability program) off. There's an electronic differential, too, and in conjunction with the existing electronic safety aids in the car, the driver’s inputs are monitored and the engine's power is distributed between the front wheels according to the terrain and which driving mode has been selected. On the outside, Grip Control-equipped 2008s will be fitted with mud and snow rated tyres, which help maintain traction in slippery situations. Don’t imagine the system is a proper substitute for four-wheel drive, though: it isn’t.
On Tarmac, the Peugeot 2008 isn't the most composed of cars – its ride is crashy and transmits most of the initial shock of potholes through the cabin, instead of the suspension absorbing it. Handling-wise, the steering is overly light, which might be good in town but gives you very little idea what is going on with the front wheels when on faster roads. Combined with the fact that the steering wheel is smaller than in many cars, this means you might apply too much lock to begin with, which can exacerbate body roll.
The 2008 is a little bit bigger than the 208 on which it is based. The boot, for example, is 360 litres in capacity, which makes it 75 litres bigger than that of its smaller sibling. What’s more, rear seat space is better for two adults. There are also pockets in both rear doors and map storage in the backs of the front seats. However, rivals such as the Renault Captur offer greater flexibility with sliding rear seats that either improve knee space or boot space, plus, the Captur’s load capacity is greater than the 2008’s before you slide the seats forward.
The 2008’s front-seat occupants have less room to play with, and storage space isn't the best; the glovebox is very small and is only really large enough for the car’s instruction manual. Shoulder room isn’t great up front either and there’s no armrest. Instead, you get a cubbyhole with a roller cover. This is a good place to keep keys, chargers and other detritus, though.
Entry-level Access models come with air-conditioning, electric front windows, driver's seat height adjustment and cruise control. Active models add 16in alloy wheels, a 7.0in colour touchscreen, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. Allure adds 17in alloy wheels, rear-parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, passenger seat height adjustment and rear electric windows, while Feline comes with sat nav, a panoramic glass roof and leather seats. After the 2016 facelift, any model equipped with a touchscreen gained Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capabilities, while Feline was replaced with GT Line, and gained a colour reversing camera.
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