Let’s face it, cars are a big part of our lives and whether we like them or not, oftentimes they’re a necessity more than a luxury. However, sometimes the need for a vehicle can be fulfilled with both practicality and style. If you’re considering the Peugeot 2008 as your next car, then you probably have a tasteful eye. But ultimately everything comes down to Rands and cents. So is Peugeot’s 2008 a good value proposition?

What is good value?

At the heart of it, price is the biggest determining factor when looking at whether a car is a good buy or not, but of course, there are other equally important things to consider. Like what you’re getting for the money you’re paying – no point in buying it for a steal when it’s a heap of scrap metal covered in paint. Features that are standard and come at no additional cost will certainly earn it some points on the “good value” scale because these days not much comes free. The build quality of a car, including the materials used in its interior, is also something to consider because some cars appear nice from the outside only to find that corners have been cut inside, and this is where you’ll be spending most of your time.

Finally, depreciation and resale value are other critical elements to consider when assessing whether the car you’re about to buy is a good purchase. The last thing you want is to pay a good amount of money for a car only to be offered peanuts for it when you decide to sell it. Ouch!

In the past Peugeot has dealt with issues concerning the reliability of their vehicles, and obviously, it left a bad taste in customers’ mouths. But that was the past, and in the same way that people evolve and become better individuals, so do brands. The Peugeot brand now falls under the Stellantis group, along with a few other car brands. Even before this merger, the French firm has worked hard to clean up its reputation and shake off the stigma of unreliable cars. Under the Stellantis group, Peugeot South Africa is in the process of expanding its dealer network, rebranding its dealerships and increasing its parts availability. This is important because it means as a customer, once this process is complete you’ll have a Peugeot dealer near you, where you can have your car checked and repaired, and be on your way without any major disruptions.

Should you consider the Peugeot 2008?

Does the new 2008 tick any of these boxes? Well, let’s take a look at what you’re getting – the car is priced at R359 000 for the entry-level Active. We tested the range-topping GT Line which comes in at R479 900. At this price, the GT Line comes full-house with every feature on offer from the French brand. You’ve got front and rear LED lights, while inside, you’re treated to a quality interior with quality soft-touch panels all around. Not only that, but this interior is designed to impress with its contoured dash, ambient lighting and a variety of materials used. You also get driver and passenger heated seats, and with winter fast approaching, you’ll probably use this function every time you start your car. There’s so much more to mention including three different charging options for your smartphone (including wireless charging) and a 3D digital instrument cluster. We would take the whole day listing everything. The only optional item in this car is the panoramic sunroof. 

To sum it up, the 2021 Peugeot 2008 is not only a very good looking SUV, but you also won’t get as much car and features from its competitors at the same asking price, which is what makes the 2008 a great value. Included is a 5-year 100 000 km warranty and a 3-year 60 000km service plan.