The Peugeot 2008 is one of the most popular small SUVs in Europe, thanks to its eye-catching design, spacious interior, and efficient engines. Now, the French brand has given it a mid-life facelift, adding a new hybrid option, a longer range for the electric version, and a refreshed look inside and out. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Peugeot 2008, which is open for orders now.
A new hybrid powertrain for the Peugeot 2008
The biggest news for the new Peugeot 2008 is the introduction of a new 48V hybrid powertrain, which will join the line-up in 2024. This system combines a new-generation 134bhp 1.2-liter petrol engine with an electric motor that’s integrated into a new six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The electric motor can provide up to 15kW of extra power and torque and recuperate energy during braking and coasting.
The hybrid system is designed to improve efficiency around town, with a claimed 15% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the equivalent petrol-only version. The 2008 hybrid can also run on electric power alone for short distances, up to 25mph. Peugeot says that the hybrid system adds only 15kg to the weight of the car and does not compromise on boot space or interior room.
The hybrid option will be available on all trim levels of the Peugeot 2008, except for the entry-level Active. Peugeot has yet to reveal the official CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures for the hybrid model, but we expect them to be significantly lower than the petrol-only versions.
A longer range and more power for the e-2008
The fully electric Peugeot e-2008 has also been updated for 2023, getting a new, more powerful electric motor and a larger battery. The motor now produces 154bhp, up from 134bhp before, while the battery capacity has increased from 50kWh to 54kWh. This results in a longer range of up to 252 miles on a single charge, according to the WLTP cycle. That’s an improvement of 40 miles over the previous model and puts the e-2008 ahead of some of its rivals, such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Skoda Enyaq iV.
The Peugeot e-2008 can be charged at rates of up to 100kW via a public rapid charger, which means it can replenish its battery from 10% to 80% in around 30 minutes. Using a typical 7kW home wall box, a full charge takes around seven and a half hours. An optional 11kW three-phase onboard charger is also available, which can reduce the charging time to five hours using a compatible wall box.
The Peugeot e-2008 is visually identical to the petrol and hybrid versions of the Peugeot 2008, except for some subtle details, such as a body-colored grille, blue accents on the badges and logos, and specific alloy wheel designs. The e-2008 also gets an exclusive Alcantara upholstery option for the interior.
A refreshed design and more tech for the Peugeot 2008
The rest of the Peugeot 2008 range has also received some cosmetic and technological updates for 2023. The most noticeable change is the adoption of Peugeot’s new logo, which features a stylized lion’s head in a shield shape. The new logo is displayed prominently on the front grille and on the tailgate, where it replaces the traditional badge.
The front end of the Peugeot 2008 also gets three vertical LED daytime running lights on each side instead of the single strip from before. The GT trim level gets full LED headlights as standard, while other versions get halogen headlights with LED signatures. The rear lights have also been revised and now feature six horizontal LED strips that create a distinctive claw-like effect.
The interior of the Peugeot 2008 remains largely unchanged but gets some new features and options. The digital instrument cluster now has a new design, with a 3D effect that makes it easier to read. The cluster can be customized with different colors and layouts, depending on the driving mode and preferences. The infotainment system also gets an upgrade, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available across the range. The system features a 10-inch touchscreen with physical shortcut buttons below it.
The trim levels for 2008 have been simplified for 2023, with four options available: Active, Allure, GT, and First Edition. The Active trim is only offered with the base petrol engine or the electric version, while the other trims are available with all powertrain options. The First Edition is a limited-run model that comes with exclusive features and colors.
Some of the standard equipment in Peugeot 2008 included 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning, cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and speed limit recognition. Higher trims add features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a reversing camera, leather seats, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and a wireless phone charger.
How much does the 2023 Peugeot 2008 cost?
The new Peugeot 2008 is open for orders now, with deliveries expected to start in early 2024. The prices for the petrol and diesel versions start from $32,000 for the Active trim with the 99bhp engine and manual gearbox and go up to $41,500 for the GT trim with the 153bhp engine and automatic gearbox. The hybrid version will be priced from $36,000 for the Active trim to $45,500 for the GT trim.
The electric Peugeot e-2008 starts from $48,300 for the Active trim and goes up to $57,800 for the First Edition trim. These prices include the government grant of $2,000 for zero-emission vehicles. The e-2008 also benefits from lower running costs, such as cheaper electricity tariffs, lower maintenance fees, and exemption from road tax and congestion charges.
Is the new Peugeot 2008 worth buying?
The Peugeot 2008 is one of the best small SUVs on the market, offering a stylish and versatile package that can suit different needs and preferences. The 2023 update makes it even more appealing, with a new hybrid option that adds efficiency and flexibility, a longer range and more power for the electric version, and a refreshed design and more tech for the whole range.
The Peugeot 2008 is not the cheapest option in its class, but it offers good value when considering its equipment levels, interior quality, and performance. It also stands out from the crowd with its distinctive looks and character. If you’re looking for a small SUV that can do it all with a green twist, the 2008 might be the one for you.