Peugeot 2008 (2013 – 2019) Review

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Peugeot 2008 (2013 – 2019) At A Glance

4/5

+Decent space for adults in the back. Low load sill. Significantly improved by 1.2 PureTech engine. EGC replaced by excellent EAT6 torque converter auto.

-Original EGC automatic gearbox jerky and unpleasant. Four reports of faulty spark plugs during 2018.

Insurance Groups are between 10–23
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

With an upmarket cabin and neat SUV-like styling, the Peugeot 2008 is a small crossover that competes with the likes of the Nissan Juke. As a family car it's usefully practical, despite its small size, with a decent boot and good interior room, especially in the back. Thanks to a raised driving position it's also easy to drive in town while all the engines are economical, making the 2008 cheap to run.

It originally shared its engine range with the 208, with two petrol and three diesel options. Fuel economy and emissions are impressive across the board with the 1.4 and 1.6 HDi engines capable of more than 70mpg according to the official figures. It’s a similar story with CO2 emissions – most models come in with below 110g/km, which means cheap VED and low overall running costs - helped even further by the affordable Just Add Fuel leasing scheme. 

The cabin is neat and classy, with well-finished materials giving a quality feel. The unusually small steering wheel - a Peugeot trademark - can take some getting used to because it feels almost toy-like, plus it means you look over rather than through it, to see the instruments.  Interior space is reasonable, with enough rear leg and headroom to seat adults, which is more than can be said for rivals like the Nissan Juke.

The huge advantage for anyone living in a country area was and is the availability of 'Grip Control', a trick electronic differential that, along with Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons tyres, enables a 2008 to ascent a snow and ice covered 1:3 bank with astonishing ease. For that job it's better than most 4x4 systems with standard summer tyres. 

Unfortunately the original 2008 wasn't the best small crossover to drive. Easy around town thanks to light steering and good visibility, but the 5-speed gear change was sloppy and the automated manual 'auto' was not up to standard.

This all changed with the mid 2016 facelift that brought with it the 1.2 PureTech engines. The 6-speed that comes with the 1.2 Puretech 130 engine is fine and the lower powered PureTech 110 is available with the EAT6 compact 6-speed torque converter automatic. These cars now ride and handle very well and PureTechs come with Grip Control that gives them better than 4x4 capability in snow.

The 2008 is a good looking both inside and out, plus it offers more or less all the practicality you could need from a smaller family car. Add in low running costs and some impressive engines, especially the 1.2 VTi petrol Puretech units, and it makes for an appealing choice.

Peugeot 2008 Road Test and video of Grip Control

Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 110 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Peugeot 2008 (2013 – 2019)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

79%

Real MPG

25–75 mpg

MPGs submitted

428

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I discovered a car I bought had a badly fitted replacement windscreen - should the dealer replace it?
"I recently purchased a 2017 Peugeot 2008 from a main dealer. When I got the vehicle home I noticed a chip in the windscreen. I reported this immediately to them, they advised that I use my insurance and that they will pay the excess. Autoglass came and advised the chip has been repaired (badly) and that it is 'moving'. My Insurance company will not fit an OEM part which I want them to. I've reported this back to the dealer, can you advise if they are liable to fit the correct OEM part? The other option offered by the insurer is for them to pay the cost of a non-OEM screen and I pay the difference in the cost of an OEM screen."
The dealer is 100 per cent liable for selling you a car with an MoT failing fault and is 100 per cent liable for replacing the screen with a genuine Peugeot part, not an aftermarket one. If he kicks up a fuss tell him you will get the screen repaired at another Peugeot dealer and will use Small Claims to sue him for the cost. The dealer is also prima facie guilty of enticing you into insurance fraud, which was to replace a part that was broken before that policy was taken out.
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I’m looking to buy a car which I’m able to fit my son's BMX in - what do you suggest?
"I’m looking to buy a car which I’m able to fit my son's BMX in. I currently have a Focus. He’s not 11 and due to the boot lip he does struggle getting it in and out easily. I’m disabled so can’t help him. I will mostly be using the car around town, I’ve been looking at a Peugeot 2008 as the boot is quite roomy and it doesn’t have a bot lip so he should be able to manage it better."
A 2008 makes a lot of sense and they do a good 6-speed torque converter auto with the 1.2 Puretech 110 engine: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/peugeot/peugeot-2008-puretech-110-eat6-2016-road-test/ Otherwise wait for the new Peugeot Rifter that will be available with a 1.2 Puretech 130 and 6-speed auto from early next year: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/peugeot/peugeot-rifter-2018-road-test/
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I'm having engine issues with my two-year-old Peugeot - do I have any rights?
"I have a 2016 Peugeot 2008 1.2 petrol and it has had problems with the engine spluttering on climbing a hill. The first time the dealer changed the leads and the second time they re-programmed the CPU. It happened again but this time it was only firing on two cylinders. The dealer found one of the spark plugs had a bit broken off in the cylinder head. A compression test showed the cylinder down 2 bar but Peugeot says this is within tolerance. What is your opinion of this and what rights do I have to request a new engine? "
It's very rare for problems to occur with the 1.2 PureTech. If they won't automatically fit a new engine then write a letter to the dealer principal of the supplying dealership stating that you find it unacceptable that your engine should have had these problems as a result of a broken spark plug, that you are very concerned that there has been "consequential damage" and that you hold the dealership fully responsible for any engine problems you suffer for up to six years from the date of purchase. Send this letter by Post Office Special Delivery, keep a copy, and staple the certificate of posting to the copy so it becomes a 'matter of record' admissible in court.
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I'm looking for a small automatic 4x4 - what do you suggest?
"I own a Dacia Duster 4x4 manual and due to a troublesome left hip find using the clutch pedal painful. I chose this car because being a little ancient I could easily climb in and easily climb out.I thought an automatic would make life easier and have considered the new auto Duster. Is there anything else I should consider?"
The 1.5 dCi automatic is not available (yet) in the new shape Duster, but a dealer might be able to find an old shape for you. A good alternative is a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 110 EAT6 that has a proper 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
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What does a Peugeot 2008 (2013 – 2019) cost?

Buy new from £19,446 (list price from £21,665)