Read Caroline’s Peugeot 2008 review for everything you need to know about buying Peugeot’s small SUV in 2024.

The Peugeot 2008 has been a huge hit for the Peugeot brand since it first launched in Ireland all the way back in 2013.

Now in its second generation, it is one of the brand’s bestsellers alongside the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUVs.

Peugeot has recently spruced up the 2008 to keep it competitive against its rivals like the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma and Toyota Yaris Cross. It goes on sale priced from €30,740.

It’s available with a choice of engines including petrol, petrol mild hybrid and the full electric Peugeot e-2008, which I reviewed for this site last summer. But it’s the 1.2 petrol that’s the subject of this review.

Let’s take a closer look.

The 2024 Peugeot 2008
The 2024 Peugeot 2008 on test for Changing Lanes

What’s so special about the Peugeot 2008?

The current Peugeot 2008 launched here in 2020 but still looks fresh. It has lots of style and sophistication for the small SUV class. It now has been updated in line with the rest of the Peugeot range so it gets the brand’s new lion shield logo, larger grille and ‘three-claw’ daytime running lights at the front.

At the back P E U G E O T is now spelt across a black strip connecting the rear lights, which also have a new lighting signature.

There are three trim lines: Active, Allure and GT. Standard wheel sizes vary from 16- to 17-inch with more efficient aerodynamic design.

There’s a range of smart colours available including Selenium Grey, Okenite White, Vertigo Blue and Elixir Red. There’s also a trendy contrasting black roof for the GT model.

The upmarket feel continues to the inside.

The cabin of the 2024 Peugeot 2008
The cabin of the 2024 Peugeot 2008

Inside the Peugeot 2008

The cabin design is now an older variation of the brand’s ‘i-Cockpit’ that mixes a compact steering wheel with a cosy, driver-focused feel. The build quality feels good for this kind of small SUV and the mix of materials combine for a classy feel.

There’s a full digital driver display on Allure and GT models, and a now standard fit 10-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone connectivity. Like before, the ventilation is controlled from the screen though there are a few shortcut buttons to pull up menus quickly.

A parking camera and parking sensors come as standard. Wireless smartphone charging is standard with the GT model.

It’s a car that’s easy to get comfortable in quickly and is spacious for its size with ample legroom and headroom. There’s also a practical 434 litre boot with a two-position floor that is bigger than some hatchbacks.

The 2008 is available as petrol, petrol mild hybrid or full electric
The 2008 is available as petrol, petrol mild hybrid or full electric

Driving the 1.2 petrol

The Peugeot 2008 is a joy to drive with smooth dynamic steering and very composed handling through bends. Out on the motorway it shows the maturity of a larger car, feeling supple and comfortable at all times. It’s a solid car to drive and never gets too noisy.

The 1.2-litre petrol is the entry into the range and is available with 100hp or 130hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox. There’s also an automatic mild hybrid version with 136hp. On test was the 1.2 petrol Allure with 130hp retailing at €34,295 and it’s brilliant in the 2008. It’s lively and perky to drive, while also being quiet and economical. You couldn’t wish for more from a petrol crossover.

Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres and it costs €200 to tax per year.

Rear legroom in the 2008
Rear legroom in the 2008

There’s also the Peugeot e-2008 (from €35,610), which gets a new 54kWh battery with more range than before (up to 406 kilometres WLTP) and a more efficient 156hp electric motor.

Did you like it?

It’s an easy yes. The Peugeot 2008 remains one of the best of its kind. If you’re looking for a stylish, fun and spacious small SUV, the Peugeot 2008 definitely has to be on your shopping list. Whether you go petrol or electric, it’s a great buy.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Peugeot 2008 is one of the best small SUVs you can buy
The Peugeot 2008 is one of the best small SUVs you can buy