2020 Peugeot 2008 first drive
The second-generation Peugeot 2008 crossover is larger, sharper looking and more desirable than ever.
The Peugeot 2008 is a compact crossover that sits below the larger 3008 and 5008 models, but mimics the same stylish design that includes a distinctive ‘three claw’ look in its lights. Whereas its predecessor was more like a jacked-up hatchback, this latest version carries a far more appealing look. It’s now longer and wider with more space inside for passengers, as well as a 434-litre boot. Peugeot has taken a big step forward with the look and feel of the materials that feature throughout the cabin and, with up to a 10-inch touchscreen display available, it is very modern inside.
How is it to drive?
It hits many of the right marks for crossover buyers, including a raised driving position that results in better visibility, although the very small steering wheel does take a bit of getting used to. There’s more to the Peugeot 2008 than its sharp looks, too. Under the skin lies an agile car that is more engaging and fun to drive than many of its rivals. The 2008 also delivers more refinement on the move, with less road noise than its predecessor.
All manual versions use a six-speed gearbox and, while it is better to use than previous Peugeot units, the eight-speed automatic provides a far more enjoyable driving experience. The latter shifts gear almost seamlessly and can be used in conjunction with an optional start-stop adaptive cruise control system to take the stress out of driving in traffic.
When is it coming to Ireland?
The Peugeot 2008 goes on sale in early 2020 and will be available in Active, Allure, GT Line and GT specification grades. There is a choice of three petrol engines ranging from 100- to 155hp, and two diesel engines with 100- and 130hp. All score well in both fuel consumption and emissions, making them all reasonably affordable to tax and run. In addition to the combustion engines, Peugeot will also introduce a fully electric version called the e-2008. The electric powertrain has no impact on passenger space inside and will have a single charge driving range of up to 310 kilometres. However, the Peugeot 2008 faces even more competition than before from models like the Hyundai Kona (which also comes as an electric version), Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, all of which are worth considering.
Any juicy technology?
One of the tech highlights of the interior is the ‘3D i-Cockpit’ digital instrument display. It uses multiple layers to present a three-dimensional look that works well without being distracting. Other available items include a wireless charging pad up front for compatible smartphones, traffic sign recognition and a park assist system to take the stress out of getting in and out of tight spaces.
Carzone.ie rating: 4/5
The Peugeot 2008 impresses in how it combines desirable design and a much-improved interior with an engaging drive and a wide choice of powertrain options. Peugeot’s good form for generous equipment levels puts the 2008 right at the sharp end of this highly competitive segment.
Words by Dave Humphreys