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New Peugeot 2008 SUV revealed

Car Buyer logo Car Buyer 18/06/2019 Ben Custard
a car parked on the side of the street: New Peugeot 2008 - front 3/4 static © Carbuyer New Peugeot 2008 - front 3/4 static

The new Peugeot 2008 SUV has been revealed. It has sharp new styling in keeping with the new Peugeot 208 and will be available with a choice of petrol, diesel or electric power. Full pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to the car’s launch in the first few months of 2020.

Looking like a smaller version of the Peugeot 3008, the new 2008 has morphed into a proper SUV instead of a halfway-house crossover.

It has plenty of ground clearance, big wheels and a large bonnet, and features plenty of eye-catching details.

The ‘fang’ LED daytime running lights are brought over from the Peugeot 508 and new 208, while the black rear lightbar has already been seen on those cars too. A black roof is standard on high-spec cars.

Unlike some other cars, it’s not only top-spec models of the 2008 that get the option of electric power.

The e-2008 will be available in all trim levels and, besides a body-coloured grille, different badges and the absence of exhaust pipes, there’s little to tell it apart from petrol or diesel versions.

The company didn’t want the new Peugeot 2008 to be thought of as an electric car; instead it says it’s a ‘normal car with electrification’.

a close up of a car: New Peugeot 2008 - interior © Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited New Peugeot 2008 - interior

Buyers of the e-2008 get an electric car with a 50kWh battery that provides a range of 193 miles (based on the stricter new WLTP test).

That’s less than the 211 miles available in the e-208, and much less than rivals like the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric.

Peugeot is expected to sell the e-2008 at a lower price than its rivals to offset the range difference, so we expect it to cost around £25,000. It will get fast-charging, however, so recharging to 80% will take half an hour.

For the rest of the range, there are three 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engines with either 99, 128 or 153bhp, plus a 99bhp 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engine. An automatic gearbox is available on the two most powerful petrol engines.

Peugeot hasn’t released any fuel economy and performance specifications but has confirmed that the 2008 will be available with the standard Active, Allure, GT Line and GT trim levels.

a black car parked on the side of a building: New Peugeot 2008 - rear view static © Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited New Peugeot 2008 - rear view static

While the exterior styling will immediately catch the eye, it’s the interior that may ultimately tempt buyers.

The quality of the materials is a real step up over the current Peugeot 2008, with plush-feeling soft-touch surfaces throughout. It’s easily a match for Volkswagen’s small SUVs, and comes with plenty of tech too. All cars get a 3D digital instrument cluster above the small steering wheel, and all trims except Active get a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen.

The 208 and 2008 are the first cars to benefit from the latest version of Peugeot’s iCockpit software. Wireless phone charging, smartphone screen mirroring and USB-C sockets are all available.

The car comes with plenty of safety equipment, so expect a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating when it’s tested. Adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance allow the car to drive itself in some situations, and you can have automatic emergency braking, road sign recognition, high-beam headlight assistance and self-parking ability.

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The new Peugeot 2008 sits on PSA’s small-car platform called CMA but it’s nearly as big as the 3008 family SUV. It’s bigger than the current 2008 in most ways - it’s 140mm longer, 30mm wider and there’s an extra 60mm between the front and rear wheels (called the wheelbase). As a result, there’s plenty of space for two tall adults to sit behind each other comfortably and the boot is slightly bigger at 434 litres. The boot will have a false floor, so you’ll be able to store valuables or the EV’s charging cables out of sight.

Two of the 2008’s main rivals, the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke, are both due to be updated soon. Read more about these cars by clicking the links.

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