The Peugeot 2008 is, however, one of the more unique entrants to the small SUV market, featuring a uniquely French styling package and a heap of personality to win over buyers.
Just how well does the Peugeot 2008 stack up against its major rivals and as a value proposition within the extremely competitive small SUV segment, though? Let’s take a closer look to find out.
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Peugeot 2008 (ALLURE) Specifications
|Fuel type||PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL|
|Transmission||6 SP AUTOMATIC|
|Engine configuration||VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 12 valves|
|Engine RPM||5500 / 1750|
|Fuel tank size||44.0|
|Fuel usage specs||6.1 / 0.0|
|ANCAP security rating||UNRATED|
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How Much Does It Cost?
The Peugeot 2008 lineup kicks off from $36,740 for the entry-level 2008 Allure, with prices rising to $40,940 for the 2008 GT and up to $48,290 for the range-topping 2008 GT Sport.
Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change, and do not include on-road costs.
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What Features Does the Peugeot 2008 Have?
The entry-level Peugeot 2008 Allure comes riding on 17-inch alloys, and receives a set of automatic LED headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, reversing camera with rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, cloth upholstery and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto paired with a six-speaker sound system.
Upgrading to the 2008 GT adds keyless entry, front-mounted parking sensors, revised LED headlights, dual exhaust tips, wireless smartphone charging, ambient lighting and a larger 10-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation.
Finally, the range-topping 2008 GT Sport comes packing a set of 18-inch alloys, heated and massaging Nappa leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, semi-autonomous parking and a frameless rear-view mirror.
Automatic LED headlights
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Reversing camera with rear-mounted sensors
7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Keyless entry (2008 GT)
Wireless smartphone charging (2008 GT)
Ambient lighting (2008 GT)
10-inch infotainment system with sat-nav (2008 GT)
18-inch alloys (2008 GT Sport)
Adaptive cruise control (2008 GT Sport)
Panoramic sunroof (2008 GT Sport)
Heated & massaging Nappa leather seats (2008 GT Sport)
Semi-autonomous parking (2008 GT Sport)
Peugeot 2008 Colours
The Peugeot 2008 range is available in eight colours, including Platinum Grey, Artense Grey, Vertigo Blue, Elixir Red and Ice White, while Orange Fusion and Pearl White are reserved for the GT and GT Sport variants.
Is it Comfortable to Drive?
Small SUVs need to be relatively comfortable and easy to drive around town to win over buyers, and thankfully, the 2008 is more than just a pretty-looking package.
The platform feels at home in the tight confines of the urban jungle, and remains exceptionally easy to drive.
Power is supplied by a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine throwing out 96kW of power and 230Nm of torque in the Allure and GT, while the GT Sport receives a tune up to 114kW of power and 240Nm of torque.
Power is thrown to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic in the entry-level and mid-spec 2008, while the range-topper receives an eight-speed automatic.
In spite of its small engine, on the road the 2008 feels spirited and keen to pick up speed and nimble enough to make any short-hop through the city a surprisingly engaging experience, with enough support to offer the driver confidence on long-distance trips.
The ride quality is surprisingly accommodating to some of the rough and tumble of Australian roads, and when everything smooths out closer to town, the 2008 is incredibly refined for the segment.
As a complete package, the Peugeot 2008 proves that there is indeed a heap of substance underneath its styling and very much holds its own against its fierce rivals on the road.
Is it Practical and Spacious?
Stepping inside the cockpit of the Peugeot 2008 is a refreshing taste of French styling in a segment that has become somewhat homogenous when it comes to cabin designs.
The driver and front passenger are greeted by a compact little steering wheel, hexagonal air vents and unique styling for the switchgear that make the 2008 feel miles away from its peers when it comes to personality inside.
To make things even sweeter, there’s a heap of headroom for tall drivers that make the cabin feel impressively spacious; something that is difficult to say for a number of its competitors.
The radical design is also surprisingly capable when it comes to practicality, with a decent amount of storage behind the gear lever, a pair of cupholders in the centre tunnel and storage inside the folding arm rest complemented by a pair of sizable door bins either side of the cabin.
Move to the second row of the cabin and you’ll find a bench seat with a pair of inbuilt ISOFIX anchors, and a decent amount of leg and headroom for adults in the rear seats; which is typically the Achilles’ heel of a small SUV.
Finally, the Peugeot 2008 offers a boot measuring in at between 434L - 545L, depending on the adjustable boot floor, which makes it one of the biggest for the small SUV segment and adds to the 2008’s impressive practicality package.
Is it Safe?
The Peugeot 2008 has been awarded ANCAP’s maximum five-star safety rating, scoring 93 per cent for adult protection, 87 per cent for child protection, 73 for pedestrian protection and 72 per cent for its safety technologies.
As standard, the 2008 range comes packing autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assistance, a reversing camera with parking sensors, driver attention monitoring and traffic sign recognition.
Key safety features like blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian and cyclist detection for the AEB system, lane positioning and adaptive cruise control, however, are reserved for the range-topping GT.
Is it Fuel Efficient?
The Peugeot 2008 range is relatively fuel efficient, with the entry-level 2008 Allure rated at 6.5L/100km on a combined cycle, which is bettered by the 6.1L/100km figure of the GT and GT Sport.
Our Verdict: Is the Peugeot 2008 Worth it?
The Peugeot 2008 is a great small SUV for buyers looking for all the conveniences of a fun and charismatic compact SUV while standing out from the crowd.
It confidently ticks nearly all the boxes, with the exception of some key safety equipment considerations that you might expect to be included as standard for a small SUV with a steep asking price.
Having said that, though, the 2008 platform offers just as much substance as it does style, and is surprisingly practical for buyers looking for a family-friendly small SUV.
Five Specs You Need to Know
- Five-year, unlimited KM warranty
- Up to 545L boot space
- Five-star ANCAP safety rating
- Fuel economy between 6.1 - 6.5L per 100km
- One engine available with two different power outputs
- Unique styling with practical interior
- One of the largest boots in the segment
- Perky engine with fun, nimble handling
- Steep asking prices
- Key safety equipment reserved for flagship GT variant
- Polarising styling package
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