Peugeot 2008 offers stylish crossover with five-star protection
The Peugeot 2008 is the latest in a string of compact crossover from small car manufacturers. Walk into any car showroom these days and you’re likely to see one. With SUV-styling, higher driving positions and more room in the back, they are a great way to make a small car more practical and attractive for families. However it’s not clear that they provide a lot more safety than the superminis they are based on. And while many get five-star safety ratings, it’s worth looking at the details to understand which provides the best basic package for safety-conscious family buyers.
The Peugeot 2008 is one of the latest to catch onto the trend. The mini-SUV is based on the Peugeot 208 supermini – so much so that in Euro NCAP’s safety assessment, the organisation did not crash test the 2008. After analysing data from Peugeot on the two models’ structures and safety systems, Euro NCAP accepted that it could just re-use the results from its 2012 crash test of the 208.
That means that although the 2008 may look beefier than its sister model, Peugeot has not upgraded the safety. The seats still provide only marginal protection against whiplash, for example. Nonetheless, the 2008 has received a five-star safety rating, which is getting harder for small cars to achieve.
Child protection is solid and it is straightforward to fit most child restraints in the car. There are two ISOFIX points on the rear seats and the front airbag can be disabled if you choose to put an infant rear-facing on the front seat. There are no seatbelt reminders on the rear seats, however.
In terms of driver assist technologies, the 2008 has little to offer. Electronic stability control is a legal requirement, but there is a speed limiter that the driver can set manually.
With prices starting at £12,995, the Peugeot competes against models like the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and Renault Captur. All three have five-star ratings and are good, safe cars, but looking at the details, it seems the Suzuki has put more effort into doing the basics brilliantly.