The Peugeot 2008 and its stablemate, the larger 3008 both offer an excellent value proposition for buyers that want an SUV experience that offers something a little different. But buyers new to Peugeot cars and these two models, in particular, may need some help in choosing between these two models. In this article, we will take a closer look at the new Peugeot 2008 and 3008 to help buyers make an informed purchasing decision.
Both Models at a Glance
All of the latest Peugeot 2008 2019 models now have Apple CarPlay installed as standard. The interior is still one of the coolest on the market with lots of little details to put a smile on your face. There is now a new engine and transmission pairing available to give you even more choices. Some buyers may not enjoy the tighter rear seating arrangement, and there are some cheaper plastic surfaces that detract from the otherwise excellent interior.
The Peugeot 3008 has pretty much the same cool interior that you find in the 2008. The exterior styling will turn heads and out on the road it has excellent manners. However, the 3008 is the more expensive option, and the AEB is on available at the premium end of the range.
An Overview of the Peugeot 2008
With the 2008, Peugeot has created a compact mini SUV that’s a fitting entry point for drivers that want to get on the SUV train on a more modest budget. This vehicle is an update of an earlier attempt that didn’t quite click with buyers. The earlier models caused some confusion; buyers couldn’t understand if the 2008 was a wagon or something else entirely. The mini or compact SUV segment didn’t even exist, and the choices of engines and transmissions didn’t really match the expectations. However, buyers did appreciate the stunning styling and the dynamic performance on the road, and this spurred Peugeot into returning to the drawing board to refine their ideas and the design.
Essentially the Peugeot 2008 is a five seater with a cleverly designed interior that features the latest i-Cockpit technology. The engine is a 1.2 litre turbocharged three cylinder petrol unit that generates 81kW of power and 205 Nm of torque. The power may seem on the low side, but this is deceptive because the 2008 has a relatively low kerb weight of 1,188 kg. The Peugeot 2008 can go from 0-100km/h in 11.3 seconds which is more than adequate for this type of vehicle. The power is delivered to the front wheels only via a six speed automatic transmission that we’ve previously seen on the 308. The 2008 also has stop/start technology to save fuel on congested roads and the fuel efficiency is 4.9L/100km using a combined cycle.
An Overview of the Peugeot 3008
The Peugeot 3008 is a mid sized SUV, and its genuine European styling sets it apart from much of the competition in this hotly contested segment. The 3008 is very well equipped, and it has all the technology and engine choices that Aussie SUV drivers are looking for in their next vehicle. The 3008 has won a number of awards, and it was the European Car of the Year in 2017.
The Peugeot has a pair of engines available here; they are a petrol unit that used in the Active, Allure and GT models. There is also a diesel engine available on the range topping GT models. The petrol engine is a 1.6 litre turbocharged unit that can generate 121kW of power and 240 Nm of torque. This engine is paired with a six speed automatic exclusively, and the power is delivered smartly to the front wheels only. Thanks to the modest kerb weight the 3008 can go from 0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds, and the top speed is 201km/h. The diesel engine is a 2.0 litre unit that generates 122kW of power and 400 Nm of torque to the front wheels, and it can manage 0-100km/h in a faster 8.9 seconds. The top speed for the Peugeot 3008 diesel is 207km/h.
As far as fuel consumption goes Peugeot claims a figure of 7.7L/100km using a combined cycle for the petrol engine variant. As one might expect the diesel sips its fuel and this gives it a fuel consumption of 4.8L/100km again using a combined cycle. The petrol engine emissions figure is 156g/km compared to 124g/km when using the diesel. The Peugeot 3008 SUV will make a great tourer thanks to the generous 53 litre fuel tank available on every variant in the range.
The Peugeot 2008 Active mini SUV has a decent basic safety package with stability and tractions controls, six airbags, and ABS. Upgrading to the Allure and GT specification introduces “Grip Control” which is a switchable terrain management system that tweaks the brakes to deal with sand, snow and mud surface conditions.
The major disappointment with the 3008 is the lack of AEB on the lower specced models. Aside from this omission, the Peugeot has plenty of safety tech on board, such as traction and braking controls, six airbags and a speel limit recognition system fitted as standard across the entire range. An upgrade to the GT Line grade adds AEB, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, automatic high beams, and active lane keeping.
The Peugeot 2008 styling looks a little like a 208 pumped full of steroids, this may put some buyers off initially, but it actually grows on you. The 3008, on the other hand, is the more attractive SUV by a considerable margin. The 3008 is also more comfortable for rear seat passengers on longer journeys, and it would make a fantastic weekend adventure vehicle. The 2008 is the cheaper SUV, it’s packed with fun features, and if you need a mini SUV, it has plenty to offer.