When French designers set out to build the new Peugeot 2008, they did some extensive homework beforehand. You see, after conducting surveys in different markets including our very own, one of the key things they discovered was that consumers primarily based their purchasing decision on looks and that this outweighed everything else. With this valuable information in hand, they set out to build what is arguably one of the most stylish SUV’s of 2021.

Styling & design 

The new Peugeot 2008 is a completely new machine and bears no resemblance to its predecessor. There’s no denying its eye-catching styling, which when viewed from the front looks bold and ultra-modern. In GT Line guise the new 2008 makes grown men weak at the knees. This trim includes full LED projector lamps with Peugeot’s 3-claw signature light design, and what the brand refers to as ‘sabre-tooth’ designed daytime running LED’s flanking the grille. If ever you doubted the French’s artistry, the new Peugeot 2008 should put your uncertainties to rest. At the rear, they’ve incorporated their 3-claw design into the streamlined set of rear taillights. To finish off its attractive design, the 2008 is also available in a two-tone colour combination consisting of a gloss black roof, the same treatment is applied to the pillars. The black roof can be paired with a body colour of your choice, and mind you, there’s an assortment of vibrant colours on the menu.

What you do to the outside you do to the inside – a simple principle really. Step into the Peugeot’s interior and it feels like you’re climbing into a spaceship of sorts, or something belonging to the future. Everything in this space has received special attention to detail in design and presentation. The seats aren’t merely objects built to support passengers, they’ve been sculptured to look the part in line with the rest of the vehicle. Small details like colourful stitching on the seats bring this space to life. The compact aircraft-like steering wheel seen in other current Peugeot models like the 3008 has found its way into the 2008. What’s more, is that in this model Peugeot has introduced the first-ever 3D digital instrument cluster in a vehicle of this segment. The cluster is built into a well designed rectangular-like space and will display the specific info you need. You can toggle between different themes and settings, depending on what you’d like to see. Of course, a media display on the dash which gives you access to many of the 2008’s settings is included. Overall, the new 2008 offers a well-built, quality interior which also happens to look good.

Peugeot 2008 specs

Here’s where this compact SUV gets interesting. Beneath the bonnet lies a little 3-cylinder 1.2 turbo engine. Sounds rather odd for an SUV doesn’t it? Do not be deceived by its size because the most volatile things are generally disguised in compact packaging. With 96 kW and 230 Nm, the 3-cylinder punches way above its weight in both power and performance. On the road the Peugeot produces that pleasant 3-cylinder growl when prodded, but what makes this motor special is how it delivers its power. Unlike most cars which deliver the bulk of their performance at the bottom end and choke at higher speeds, the 2008 is consistent in its delivery of lively performance and doesn’t seem to run out of steam. When driving at highway speeds the engine is very tractable and will pick up serious momentum with no hesitation. It’s this type of engineering that converts even the staunchest of big block fanatics. There is an all-electric version of the 2008 available in overseas countries, however, the brand’s local representatives have no intentions of introducing it to our market.

Peugeot 2008 price

Well well, if it isn’t the second most important consideration when purchasing a new car – how much it costs. When stacked up against competitors such as the VW T-Cross, Renault Captur and possibly even the BMW X1, the 2008 strikes the perfect middle ground from a price perspective, coming in at R359 900 vs the BMW’s R645 934 or the Renault’s R284 900. If looks are truly the number one deciding factor for new car buyers, then the Peugeot takes this trophy. 

With the launch of the new 2008 concluded, the French brand isn’t quite done yet. In fact, they’re only just beginning their 2021 assault. You can look forward to three more model updates/introductions, including that of the eagerly anticipated Landtrek pickup. 

2021 Peugeot 2008 range & pricing:

Peugeot 2008 Active 1.2T 74 kW MT6R359 900
Peugeot 2008 Active 1.2T 96 kW AT6 R399 900
Peugeot 2008 Allure 1.2T 96 kW AT6R429 900
Peugeot 2008 GT 1.2T 96 kW AT6R479 900

By Gugu Masuku