There’s now a bewildering quantity of alternative on supply within the supermini sized SUV market. UK consumers have a minimum of 20 small SUVs to select from, with choices from almost each mainstream badge now out there. Peugeot was among the many first to leap on that bandwagon with the arrival of the primary 2008 in 2013. And within the face of a lot new competitors it’s introduced out an all-new one, utilizing an all-new recipe besides.
Beneath is a brand new platform referred to as CMP, that means petrol, diesel and fully-electric variations of the 2008 are all provided – most rivals merely follow petrol energy alone.
If that’s not sufficient of a singular lure, the newcomer’s distinctive styling may stick out in what’s turning into a traditional class, too. Trendy Peugeot traits just like the three crimson slashes inset into the black rear panel are current, whereas the metalwork to the facet is damaged up with sharp creases alongside the doorways.
It will get higher inside, too. The 2008’s dashboard seems nice, and it has the construct high quality to match; solely the Mazda CX-30 feels on its degree for match and end for this form of cash. The 2008’s spotlight is the 3D digital instrument panel. It really works through the use of two screens: one within the common place, and one other on the underside of the cowling, the latter of which displays towards the primary. The impact is that the pace readout, necessary warnings and navigation directions seem to drift in area above the remainder of the knowledge, like a hologram.
Fancy tech forward of the driving force makes the clunky infotainment system all of the extra disappointing. Graphically it’s not unhealthy, however seemingly necessary features are buried inside sub-menus, the sat nav is barely complicated, and easy acts like altering the temperature are more durable than they must be.
It’s pretty spacious inside although. Rear legroom is fairly cheap – definitely a step up over Peugeot’s supermini providing, the 208 – whereas a 434-litre boot is above common for the category.
For a category so packed, only a few contenders supply something particular from behind the wheel. Exceptions are few and much between, however the 2008 is considered one of them. The Citroen C3 Aircross is extra comfy on the transfer and the Ford Puma is extra enjoyable, however the Peugeot delivers a reasonably good steadiness between the 2. The chassis feels energetic, however the damping is effectively sorted and noise from massive bumps is impressively muted from contained in the cabin.
Peugeot reckons that the preferred engine within the vary would be the PureTech 130 petrol, and it’d be our decide, too. It’s a well-known, easy 1.2-litre turbocharged unit with 128bhp with good efficiency, refinement and financial system spectacular in equal measures. The six-speed handbook gearbox isn’t too unhealthy both, however the shifting course of is spoiled considerably by the odd square-shaped gear knob, and like different PSA merchandise the shift motion isn’t all too nice.
It’s effectively geared up, although. The 2008 is available in a alternative of 4 trim ranges, with base Lively fashions providing 16-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen, air con, LED daytime operating lights and rear parking sensors as commonplace. The Attract+ provides 17-inch wheels, computerized air conditioning, entrance/rear parking sensors and black roof bars; upgrading to satellite tv for pc navigation is a £650 choice. The GT Line pushed right here jumps one other inch in wheel measurement, and in addition provides a reversing digital camera, navigation and heated entrance seats. The highest finish mannequin, merely badged GT provides a number of driver security tech and a panoramic roof, over the robust commonplace tools discovered on Attract and GT Line.
However right here’s the issue. Sure, the 2008 is effectively constructed, good to drive, effectively geared up and pretty sensible, however so is the brand new Renault Captur, and that’s vastly cheaper, too. Costs for the 2008 begin from £20,150 for a 99bhp petrol mannequin in Lively trim. Against this, a Renault Captur in Play trim, providing the identical energy from its turbocharged petrol engine – plus bigger 17-inch wheels – prices simply £17,595.
And given Renault’s present zero p.c finance supply on the entry-level Captur, the 2008 loses additional floor within the finance stakes. Place a £1,082 deposit (a determine that Renault will contribute an additional £500 to) and the Captur Play TCe 100 will value £219 per thirty days over a two 12 months settlement. Now that’s low-cost in comparison with any automobile on this class, but it surely highlights the Peugeot’s increased rate of interest and preliminary value; on related phrases, the 2008 will set you again £343.96 per thirty days.
The highest spec 2008 GT, fitted with a 153bhp petrol and eight-speed computerized gearbox prices £31,575 – a Captur with the identical energy output prices a whopping seven grand much less, and there’s merely no competitors on month-to-month phrases.