Peugeot 2008 review - is it just another supermini crossover? - Design

Peugeot's smallest SUV is a solid and efficient, if completely forgettable option in a crowded class.

Evo rating
Price
from £16,300
  • Efficient, practical and attractive...
  • ... but outclassed in the areas that matter to us by the normal 208

Design

Originally launched back in 2013, the 2008 is one of the French firm's older models still currently on sale and you can see that in its early iteration of Peugeot’s current design langauge. The 2008 was given a refresh in 2015, transplanting a bolder grille from the larger 3008 and introducing darker finishes to the head and tail lights. The odd stepped roof has remained, garnering no improvement in rear headroom thanks to the fact it is only the edges of the roof which are raised. 

Still, the design is more resolved than the ancient, yet still popular Juke, and remains a relatively practical, if slightly contrived four-ish meters of car.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

The 2008’s biggest problem is the slew of fresh sub-compact SUV rivals that have either already hit, or are about to hit the marketplace. In the company of the new VW T-Roc or the Mazda CX-3, the 2008 does have its aesthetic challenges, not least its inabillity to distinguish itself from the sub-compact SUV crowd. 

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/caterham/201924/caterham-620r-v-ariel-atom-35-v-elemental-rp1
Caterham

Caterham 620R v Ariel Atom 3.5 v Elemental Rp1

Flight Club - lightweight track day toys with heavyweight powertrains, Steve Sutcliffe compares them on track at Anglesey circuit in Wales
5 Nov 2019
Visit/toyota/yaris/201932/toyota-yaris-gr-4-hot-hatchback-teased-successor-to-the-grmn-and-a-true-wrc
Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris GR-4 hot hatchback teased – successor to the GRMN and a true WRC homologation special

Gazoo Racing to follow up its 2019 WRC championship with an all-new car based on the GR-4 hot hatch
6 Nov 2019
Visit/news/18843/car-pictures-of-the-week
Toyota

Car pictures of the week

This impromptu trip to Germany included the unlikely chance to drive a rare Japanese icon
8 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019