The 2008 SUV is an SUV with that offers room for five passengers in its plush cabin. A selection of frugal engines helps to ensure that the cost of refuelling is always manageable. The 2008 SUV is available in four trim levels: Access, Active, Allure and GT Line.
A black chrome radiator grille stands out on the 2008 SUV’s distinctive front-end. Other features of note include smart-looking roof bars that provide extra load-bearing opportunities. Body-coloured elements comprise door handles and power-operated, heated and foldable door mirrors, along with a debonair rear sports spoiler. LEDs are represented by daytime running lights and striking claw-styled rear lamps, while further illumination is provided by rear fog lights.
A well-appointed cabin features an attractive Berlin Black trim. A height-adjustable driver’s seat and a rake and reach-adjustable steering wheel are featured, the latter offering power-assisted steering. A refrigerated glovebox, air conditioning, power-operated front windows and remote-controlled central locking are all standard inclusions. Rear seats can be folded with just one touch, enabling a 360-litre boot to increase in capacity to 1,194 litres.
Access grades feature a choice of two engines. A 1.2-litre petrol unit produces 81bhp and 118Nm of torque, and returns up to 57.6mpg and a CO2 emissions figure of 114g/km. A 1.6-litre diesel option produces 74bhp and a peak torque of 230Nm. It also returns an impressive 76.3mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 97g/km.
A four-speaker sound system includes a radio, and audio controls are steering wheel-mounted to facilitate safer driving. Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity are included too.
Among the range of driver aids featured are Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Electronic Stability Programme, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Hazard lights activate automatically whenever emergency braking is applied. Passive safety features include ISOFIX child-seat anchor points, childproof door locks, seatbelt reminders and six airbags.
The compact crossover market is crammed with models; should you be considering the Peugeot 2008 SUV?
The Peugeot 2008 SUV is the sister car to the Citroen C3 Aircross. The two crossovers share platforms, engines and other tech, but – in line with Peugeot’s positioning as the up-market arm of the PSA Group – it’s a bit more mature. The formula is pretty standard, with a range of perky turbocharged petrol engines, some diesels, exclusively front-wheel drive and a compact interior packed with tech. There are a few Peugeot touches too, with the quirky ‘i-Cockpit’ dial arrangement the most obvious.
The 2008 SUV was last facelifted in 2018, when it gained a bold, upright front end and the Peugeot badge moved from the bonnet to the grille. That makeover brought it in line with the rest of the Peugeot range, which now has a pleasingly cohesive aesthetic throughout.
The facelift also upgraded the lights, bulked up the wheel arches and added skid plates front and rear for a more rugged look. Make no mistake, though, this car only has front-wheel drive and isn’t an off-roader – though Peugeot’s ‘Grip Control’ does a fair approximation, sending torque to whichever front wheel has the most traction.
Buyers can choose between 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel, with six power outputs between them. The diesel range offers up 74bhp, 99bhp and 118bhp power outputs, all of which are very efficient and quite smooth.
We reckon the car suits one of the peppy petrols better, though. Avoid the entry-level 82bhp petrol, which feels sluggish, and opt for either the 108bhp or the 128bhp units. Our test car was fitted with the latter, and with just 1,045kg to lug around performance was pretty effortless, especially when compared with the heavier competition such as the Kia.
Economy is strong even in the petrol cars, too. Though the diesels are capable of over 70mpg, the 55mpg we averaged in the most powerful petrol was very impressive.
The 2008 SUV drives a lot like the 208 on which it’s based – not a bad thing, but that doesn’t necessarily endow it with class-leading driving dynamics. A SEAT Arona will offer more agility, for example, though the 2008 hits back with a good ride, even on the 17-inch alloy wheels of our test car. The 2008 SUV has a tiny steering wheel and perhaps slightly over-assisted steering, which has the twin result of improving agility around town, but making motorway cruising a little twitchy. The engines cope well with long distances, though; opt for a model with a sixth gear and they’re barely idling, improving refinement and leaving plenty of power in reserve for an overtake.
The 2008 SUV aims to be the opposite of its C3 Aircross cousin. Where the latter car is quirky, with ‘upside-down’ headlights, brightly coloured paint schemes and swathes of plastic cladding, the 2008 is sensible and classier.
It’s smart, premium and definitely a Peugeot. Those after something a little more eye-catching would probably be better served by the Citroën C3 Aircross or perhaps something totally different, altogether.
The interior uses Peugeot ‘i-Cockpit’ system. This lifts the dials and gauges up from their usual position and places them above a smaller, oval steering wheel; ostensibly to reduce the distance the driver’s eyes have to move. Whether it’s comfortable for you will depend very much on your size and driving position.
The quality is decent, if not class-leading, and certain aspects of the cabin, especially the infotainment, feel a little dated. That said the 2008 SUV is roomy, with space for adults in both rows and a 360-litre boot.
All 2008 SUVs gain the essentials, with front electric windows, six airbags, LED daytime running lights and air-conditioning, but most will likely opt for mid-range Allure spec which gains parking sensors, tints the rear windows and adds dual-zone climate control and mood lighting to the interior.
Our car was in top-spec GT-Line trim, though, which is the stylish one of the group. It has a blacked out grille and no-cost optional black alloys, plus a panoramic glass roof. Considering the price, though, we were disappointed to see active emergency braking relegated to the options list across all grades – albeit at a reasonable, £250 extra cost.
If you’re in the market for a likeable compact SUV with decent manners on the road, the Peugeot 2008 SUV is a quiet contender. It doesn’t shout like its Citroën sibling, and it won’t divide opinion nearly as much as a Nissan Juke or Hyundai Kona, but its plain-but-smart exterior hides a selection of great engines and a well-equipped interior. Add in rock-bottom running costs and the 2008 SUV could be the pick of the compact SUV crop for some.e compact SUV crop for some.
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