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Auto Express gives the 2008 a 4/5 review

The Peugeot 2008 is one of the newer additions to the compact crossover class that now includes models like the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka. It takes the 208 supermini as its base, sharing engines and many of the interior components. It's front-wheel drive only and all variants weigh just over a tonne, so as a result fuel economy is as high as 74.3mpg in the 1.6-litre e-HDi 92 model. There's a hint of 208 in the styling, but the 2008 is both wider and longer, as well as riding 96mm higher. Peugeot is hoping to draw buyers away from cars like the Juke, but it's also worth looking at the 2008 if you're thinking about buying a 208 ""“ Peugeot says the price gap between the two models is only about £800.

There's a range of eight different engines for buyers to choose from but we'd recommend the 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel ""“ either with 91bhp or 113bhp. Both provide more than enough punch and both are incredibly refined or motorway ""“ even more so than the 1.6-litre petrol engine, which can sound a little strained. As of early 2014 a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol will replace the 1.6 petrol, improving refinement, performance and emissions. The 2008 rides comfortably, despite a hint of firmness at slow speeds, and handles with a little more verve than you'd expect of a high-riding car. The steering is quick but a little lifeless, meaning the 2008 manages to corner well but lacks a bit of the fun factor.

Measuring in at 200mm longer than the 208 supermini, the 2008 is a whole lot more practical. The boot is 75 litres larger, at 360 litres, and the back seats are more than spacious enough to seat tall adults. Peugeot has concentrated on making the boot loading lip nice and low, and you really notice it when you're putting heavy bags in to the back.

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