Peugeot pulls the wraps off its 208 on stilts, the high-riding 2008 crossover, and it’s a looker

It seems you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to own a great looking crossover these days because you will soon be able to order the pretty new Peugeot 2008. Essentially a taller version of the company’s rakish 208 hatchback, aimed at those who prefer a loftier driving position and more practicality, it also happens to knock the ball out of the park in terms of style.

2019 Peugeot 2008 - Design

The all-new 2008 is certainly visually related to the 208 hatchback, but it most certainly is more than just a taller version of the city car. No panels or visible components are shared and the 2008 actually has a more rugged, masculine appearance than the 208.

Peugeot calls the 2008 “sculptural and desirable object” so it’s pretty clear that they want to market it not as a tough go-anywhere off-roader, but much more as an accessory for city dwellers who want a city car but like the look of an SUV. And it really does pull off the SUV look really well, although not so much as to suggest it’s an actual off-roader.

Is the all-new Peugeot 2008 the best looking crossover you can buy right now?
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One design feature that really gives it an SUV look is the recessed windscreen that makes the hood appear flatter and more like that of a genuine off-roader. Couple this with its bold front and rear fascias, interesting sides with plenty of shapes and depth to them and the overall result is what I think is one of the best looking high riding vehicles at any price point - it beats crossovers and SUVs many times its price for style, so we have to give Peugeot’s designers a lot of credit for the way the 2008 looks; it truly is an excellent effort.

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Granted, the cars shown in the official press photos are fully kitted out examples with all the options, and lesser trim levels won’t look as good, but even so, the overall design of the all-new 2008 is impressive. We won’t go so far as to say it looks better than the 208 hatch, but if it doesn’t beat it in this respect, it’s certainly not far off either.

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On lower grade examples, the striking vertical LED daytime running lights will be replaced by simple plastic strips (most likely finished in faux-chrome or some other material that will stand out against the bumper), it will ride on smaller wheels and, in fact, the design of the entire front bumper may differ - the orange car shown in the press photos is the more sporty-looking GT Line model.

2019 Peugeot 2008 - Powertrain

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The new 2008 rides on a variation of the same Common Modular Platform that underpins the 208. It is almost 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) longer than the outgoing 2008 crossover and it boasts much improved levels of interior space (especially for passengers in the back), according to the manufacturer.

As with the previous 2008, this is by no means an off-roader, so it can’t be had with all-wheel drive. Peugeot insists that its selectable off-road modes (Grip Control) do help the vehicle make more progress off-road, but while they may work to a point, they do not constitute a substitute for actual all-wheel drive.

The range of gasoline engines is comprised of three different 1.2-liter three-cylinder engines putting out 99, 128 and 153 horsepower respectively. One diesel is offered, a 1.5-liter with 99 horsepower.

But as with the 208, the big powertrain news has to be the addition of an electric version. Called the e-2008, it has exactly the same 136 horsepower motor and 50 kWh battery pack that you get in the e-208 and Peugeot promises it has a range of 310 km (193 miles) on a single charge (according to the new WLTP standards). It doesn’t lose a whole lot of range compared to the smaller, lighter and more aerodynamic e-208, whose claimed one-charge range is 340 km (211 miles).

Peugeot e-2008 specs
Electric motor power and torque 100 kW/136 horsepower, 245 Nm
Battery pack 50 kWh
Max range 310 km/193 miles

2019 Peugeot 2008 - Tech and Features

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Since the new Peugeot 2008 is addressed at a young city-savvy clientele, it needs to have the kinds of features that its buyers crave these days. And while its exterior is only vaguely similar to that of the 208 hatch, its interior design and layout looks almost identical.

This is not a negative point, though, because this interior is probably the most futuristic looking in its class, and if other new Peugeots are anything to go by, fit and finish will be very good for the segment.

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It therefore comes with the same i-Cockpit comprised of a fully-digital gauge cluster and a 10-inch touchscreen plated atop the center console. Lower tier models won’t get the big screen, though, and will be offered with a smaller, lower-res display instead.

Safety features are also aplenty; the new 2008 can be had with Driver Assist plus (that includes lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control with stop and go function on vehicles equipped with the eight-speed automatic gearbox), automatic parking, autonomous emergency braking, driver warning alert, automatic high beams, road sign recognition, blind spot monitoring and an electric parking brake.

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Both Apple Car Play and Android Auto are available for it and passengers can charge their devices either via the optional wireless charging pad, but also up to four USB sockets (2 of which are the newer USB-C type connectors).

Peugeot also mentions higher spec 2008s have a trunk floor that can be positioned at two different height levels and with it placed in its upper position, a fully flat load bay can be created once the rear bench backrests have been folded down.

Further Reading

2017 Peugeot 208 Active Design High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the previous generation 2017 Peugeot 208.

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