The new Peugeot 2008 is arriving in dealers now

2020 Peugeot 2008 Available To Order

The new Peugeot 2008 is arriving in dealers now
The new Peugeot 2008 is arriving in dealers now

Peugeot Ireland has announced pricing for the new Peugeot 2008 SUV, with the first models arriving in dealers this month.

The new Peugeot 2008 range will kick off at €23,900 for an entry level 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine model in Active trim. The diesel range starts from €25,900 for the Active 1.5 BlueHDi 100bhp model.

Diesel models are arriving in dealers this month with petrol models expected in March. We will have to wait until April before pricing for the electric Peugeot 'e-2008' SUV is released corresponding with this model's arrival in Ireland.

This is an all-new version of Peugeot's popular compact crossover that was first launched in Ireland and Europe in 2013. It's the follow-up to the all-new Peugeot 208 supermini that launched here in January.

The new 2008 is longer and wider than its predecessor with a maximum boot capacity of 1,467 litres. The battery in the e-2008 is positioned under the floor, so there’s no compromise to space.

There's a choice of four PureTech petrol engines to include a 1.2 PureTech 100bhp 6-speed manual, a 1.2 PureTech 130bhp 6-speed manual, a 1.2 PureTech 130bhp 8-speed automatic and a 1.2 PureTech 155bhp 8-speed automatic.

The diesel offering is a 1.5 BlueHDi 100bhp 6-speed manual.

The interior of the new 2008
The interior of the new 2008

The new Peugeot e-2008 is the brand’s first fully electric SUV and is powered by a 50kWh battery and 136 hp motor to provide a range up to 310kms from a full charge, under WLTP testing.

Active is the entry level trim and standard equipment includes 16” alloy wheels, air conditioning, 6 airbags, ESP with Hill Start Assist, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, eco LED headlights, front fog lamps, rear full LED 3D claw-effect lights, Programmable Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition, automatic headlights and wipers, two ISOFIX child seat fittings and child locking on rear doors.

The Peugeot i-Cockpit® is also standard featuring a compact multi-function steering wheel, heads up instrument panel and touchscreen. Bluetooth, Mirror Screen® with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto are standard across all versions.

The Allure trim, from €25,850 plus delivery related charges, gains the latest-generation Peugeot 3D i-Cockpit® with a configurable 3D instrument panel display, 17” alloy wheels, central front armrest, electric / heated / power folding door mirrors, front parking sensors, an electro-chrome rear view mirror, privacy glass, automatic climate control, passenger seat height adjustment, electric parking brake, modular boot (2 position boot floor) and roof bars.

The GT Line version, from €28,380 plus delivery, gains heated front seats, a 10” touchscreen with satellite navigation, dark chrome chequered grille, twin chrome exhaust, a black diamond roof and rear spoiler, a choice of eight LED mood lighting colours, full LED headlamps with Smartbeam Assist, LED front fog lamps with cornering function, LED daytime running lights with 3-claw headlight, frameless interior rear view mirror and Active Safety Brake.

The top of the range GT trim, from €34,950 plus delivery, adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Positioning Assist, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, smartphone charging plate, Alcantara upholstery, 18” alloy wheels and Peugeot Open & Go Hands Free Access.

Des Cannon, Managing Director at Gowan Distributors, said:

“The stunning all-new 2008 SUV has real road presence and I have full confidence it will gain new custom, even in its very competitive B SUV segment. Our philosophy of offering customers the option to choose the model, then choose the powertrain – petrol, diesel or electric – without compromising on space, technology, looks or driving sensations, is striking a chord with customers. We strongly believe this approach allows customers to opt for the powertrain that best suits their exact needs.”

The new Peugeot 2008 is now available from €23,900
The new Peugeot 2008 is now available from €23,900

Peugeot 2008 review ireland

Peugeot 2008 Review

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The new Peugeot 2008

The Peugeot 2008 arrived in Ireland in 2013 when the compact crossover boom was really taking hold, but since then the popular 208-based crossover has proved to hit the right spot for its chunky looks, practical interior and affordable pricing. The 2008 is Peugeot’s bestselling model in Ireland and accounts for just over 10% of the compact crossover segment here. Despite the glut of similar models from the likes of Opel, Nissan, Renault and Mazda, the 2008 has still managed to make impact here on the market.

A mid-life refresh should further strengthen the 2008’s cause, and this summer the 2008 received some updates in the styling department, new equipment, new colours and a new top of the range GT Line trim. A wide range of new ‘PureTech’ petrol engines and proven diesels keep the car fresh and competitive too.

In the metal, the 2008 doesn’t sit that much higher than a conventional hatchback, but it’s enough to give a more raised seating position inside. Some rivals have a bit more height, but the 2008’s more low slung profile has its advantages as we will get to later in this review. A new grille, with large Peugeot lion badge at the centre might not seem all that drastic, but here it actually does give the 2008 a lot more presence, and viewed front on, the 2008 looks more like an SUV than ever before.

There haven’t been any major changes to the layout of the cabin, but it still looks very smart and there is a plush feel to it. Infotainment is provided via a 7” touchscreen on all but the base trim, and the new 2008 retains the Peugeot ‘i-Cockpit’ interior - a compact steering wheel and a head up instrument panel sitting above it. A large raked back windscreen gives the cabin an airy, spacious feel, and a panoramic glass roof on Allure and GT Line trims only amplifies this.

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The interior of the Peugeot 2008 is smart and of good quality

The Peugeot 2008 packs a lot in for what is still a very compact car. There is seating for five, and despite the compact size, the space inside is good, though like many of its compatriots, the middle seat is a bit squeezed as this car is still not much wider than a supermini. The boot is a big asset here because it’s 422 litres, so significantly bigger than your average supermini, and with a very low sill for easy loading.

Power comes from the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol in three different power outputs (82bhp, 110bhp, 130bhp) and the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel (75bhp, 100bhp, 120bhp). Manual and automatic transmissions are available, including a new 6-speed automatic gearbox. CO2 emissions range from just 90g to 114g/km, and all power trains keep fuel consumption under 4.9 litres/100km.

I tested Peugeot’s 1.2-litre Puretech with 110bhp in the new 2008. It offers more zip than the entry level 82bhp owing to the addition of a turbo, and is very responsive, but refinement is a key quality of this engine. It performs like a larger engine, and there is no loss of robustness here despite its small capacity and three cylinders. While this engine is available with a manual gearbox, my test car had the new 6 speed ‘EAT6’ automatic gearbox and for a small engine, they work well together with smooth power delivery.

Yes the automatic does impact on economy, but this is small according to official figures from Peugeot. They claim 59mpg for this set-up, compared to 64mpg in the manual, but both models still fall into the same tax band (€190 per year), so this is still very economical motoring.  I got 46mpg during my test drive.

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Peugeot 2008: Off-road looks but small car running costs!

In town, the Peugeot 2008 comes into its own because it is so compact and the steering is light and easy. There is some noise on the motorway but it does well for this segment and is comfortable for the long haul trips. While the steering does weight up out on the open road, it can still feel a bit woolly through fast corners because there is no great sensation of resistance of the tyres against the tarmac as you turn the wheel, so a 208 hatchback is more fun in this regard. But because the 2008 is quite low-slung compared to other cars of its ilk, it’s less top heavy through corners.

Elsewhere, equipment levels are good and entry level Access models including air conditioning, Bluetooth, front electric windows, cruise control, speed limiter, spare wheel and roof bars, while Active trim includes automatic dual zone air conditioning, 7” touch screen, auto lights and wipers, front fog lights, 16” alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors, electrically folding door mirrors and rear privacy glass.

The Allure trim is more luxurious again with a panoramic roof, half leatherette trim, MirrorLink and Apple Car Play, rear view parking camera and some updated styling features.

There’s a new top of the range GT Line with 17” alloys, satellite navigation, aluminium sports pedals, gloss black roof bars, a body coloured spoiler with gloss black trim, and black door mirror shells. While the 2008 is not sold with a 4x4 option, a Grip Control advanced traction system improves traction in snow, mud and sand from a dial on the centre console, and that’s standard on the new trim.

Basic petrol models start at €19,400 for a 1.2-litre 82bhp in Access trim and the diesels start at €20,785 for the 1.6-litre diesel with 75bhp in Access trim. Active models are available from €20,445. Allure models (from €22,400) and GT Line (from €24,835) will stretch the budget a bit more with one of the more powerful engines under the bonnet.

Peugeot 2008 review ireland
Peugeot 2008: Ideal if you're looking for a small, efficient and refined crossover

For any buyer stepping up from a supermini, the Peugeot 2008 brings all the benefits of a compact car, but with more practicality as the boot here has great access and inside the car is a good deal more spacious too. After the facelift, the 2008 is a bit more bold in stance but the appearance of the car is still quite conservative compared to rivals.

The 2008 brings a high level of finish and maturity to this class. The cabin quality is one of the best and the design is aging well, still looking smart and with good functionality through the touchscreen infotainment system. The overall driving experience is one of refinement, and the quality of engines on offer is a big boon for the 2008. If you are looking for a small petrol crossover in particular, the Peugeot 2008 1.2-litre Puretech 110bhp has to be one of the best.

Caroline Kidd

Model Tested: Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 110bhp Automatic GT Line
Price: 
€26,435 (Range starts €19,400)
Engine: 
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
110bhp
0-100km/h:
10.3 seconds
Economy:
59mpg
CO2 Emissions: 
110g/km
Motor Tax: 
€190 per year


peugeot 2008 ireland

Revamped Peugeot 2008 Arrives In Ireland

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The popular Peugeot 2008 has been revamped for 2016

The Peugeot 208 hatchback received a revamp last year and now it’s the turn of its crossover sibling, the Peugeot 2008.

The Peugeot 2008 compact SUV has been a hit for Peugeot in Ireland, with the combination of chunky SUV looks, practical interior and affordable pricing winning over buyers since its launch in 2013.

A new model has just gone on sale here with updated styling, new equipment, new colours and a new top of the range GT Line trim.

The most obvious exterior change is a new vertical grille with Peugeot lion badge at the centre and chrome grille surround. Two new colours have been added, Ultimate Red and Emerald Crystal.

Access, Active and Allure trim levels are joined by a sporty GT Line, which comes as standard with the Grip Control advanced traction system,  17” alloys, satellite navigation, dark-tinted side windows/rear screen, aluminium sports pedals, gloss black roof bars, a body coloured spoiler with gloss black trim, and black door mirror shells.

Elsewhere in the range, equipment levels remain high with entry level Access models including 6 airbags, air conditioning, Bluetooth, 2 x 12V sockets, LED daytime running lights, LED 3D claw rear lights, aviation style handbrake, front electric windows, cruise control + speed limiter, spare wheel, roof bars, tyre under-inflation detection and height adjustable driver’s seat.

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Updated interior for Peugeot 2008

Active trim includes automatic dual zone air conditioning, a 7” touch screen, automatic headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, electrochrome rear view mirror, front fog lights, 16” alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors and electrically folding door mirrors. The new model introduces rear privacy glass on Active models.

The Allure trim adds a cielo panoramic roof with ambient lighting, chrome door mirrors, one-touch electric front and rear windows, chrome side window weatherstrips, height adjustable passenger seat, cornering assist fog lights and Mistral Oxford Black premium half leatherette trim. The new 2008 model adds a rear view parking camera, front and rear scuff plates, wheel arch and body sill extensions, special 16” Aquila alloy wheels, MirrorLink and Apple Car Play as standard to Allure trim.

Active City Brake and Park Assist are also now available as options.

In terms of engines, the new 2008 is available with the 1.2 litre PureTech petrol in three different power outputs (82bhp, 110bhp, 130bhp) and the 1.6 litre BlueHDi diesel (75bhp, 100bhp, 120bhp). Manual and automatic transmissions are available including a new 6-speed automatic gearbox. CO2 emissions range from just 90g to 114g/km, and all power trains keep fuel consumption under 4.9 litres/100km.

Petrol models start at €19,400 (1.2-litre 82bhp in Access trim), while diesels start at €20,785 for the 1.6-litre diesel with 75bhp in Access trim. Active models are available from €20,445, Allure models from €22,400 and GT Line from €24,835.

The new Peugeot 2008 is available from Peugeot’s Irish dealer network now.

Caroline Kidd