In the UK, most 2008s will be powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine that comes in 99bhp (manual only), 129bhp (manual or automatic) and 153bhp (auto only) flavours. The 134bhp electric version will make up a double-digit percentage of sales, considerably more than the 99bhp manual-only diesel, which thanks to Volkswagen’s diesel cheating will likely make up just one 2008 in every 20. You can try to make a good case for a clean modern diesel, Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato tells us, but “nobody’s listening”.
Prices for combusted 2008s start at around £20,000 and rise to £31,000, with electric variants £28,000 to £34,000 after government grant, though lower servicing and refuelling costs on the BEV are meant to keep overall ownership costs equivalent to a 129bhp petrol.
What’s it like?
The 129bhp model we tried was in GT Line trim, three-quarters of the way up the 2008 ladder and quite classy inside, with some faux-leather and funky contrast stitching, with silvered plastics used sparingly enough that you can almost be convinced they’re actual chrome.
Adults will be able to get seated behind adults easily – you’d hope so too, in a car 4.3m long – and behind that there’s a 360-litre boot that Peugeot says is a very strong loadspace for the class. Depending on which class you pop it in, I suppose.
At this trim grade, the 2008 gets a large central touch screen that’s nice to look at but sometimes fiddly to use – the temperature control, at least, ought to be separated from it. And there’s a new, fancier 3D take on Peugeot’s i-cockpit, which as usual features a small steering wheel that’ll probably obscure part of the instrument pack, unless you set it very low and giving yourself a karty driving position. The instrument pack now has several distinct layers, with a speedo, for example, reflected onto a screen from beneath – a bit like a head-up display, just where in the usual instrument position. The idea is that, thanks to a projector and mirrors various, the instruments are actually further away from your eyes than regular dials, reducing the time you need to refocus from the road. Can’t say I noticed that, but it is a particularly attractive, customisable display.
The mechanical layout is straightforward. CMP is a steel monocoque with MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. Combustion engines sit in the front and drive the front wheels (ditto the electric motor on the BEV, tested separately, here), and despite being a crossover, there’s no 4wd option. Such is the way of small crossovers/SUVs that you don’t even ask about four-wheel drive these days.