Are you tired of all the crossover clones? This one is a little different

Peugeot gave the 2008 a fresh makeover six years after it was first launched. It would now be produced as a striking SUV in its second generation. Before, it was a compact, people-carrier.

The Common Modular Platform is the foundation of the 2008, which also supports the Citroen C4, DS 3 Crossback, and Vauxhall Mokka. The 2008 isn’t another crossover vehicle in the crowd. Its bold design and easy-to-use drivetrains make it stand out.

The petrol offerings start with a 1.2-litre turbocharged, three-cylinder engine. It has three power levels: 99bhp (with six-speed manual gearbox for 62mph in 10.9sec), 112bhp (9.1sec to 62mph in 9.1sec) and 153bhp (8.2sec sprint time). The only diesel in the range, the 101bhp 1.5 litre BlueHDi, completes the same run in 10.6sec.

You can also take a step into the future by purchasing the e2008. It has a front-mounted motor and a 50kWh lithium battery. The 206-mile range of the 39kWh Hyundai Kona Electric is greater than the 180 miles, but it is still significantly less than the 273 miles provided by the MG ZS EV. At launch, the 2008 was offered in four trim levels: Active, Allure and GT Line.

The entry-level model has 16in alloy wheels, auto emergency braking, and a digital screen of 3.5in within the dial cluster. It also features a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The 2008 Allure features 17-inch wheels, longitudinal roof bars, and a gloss black rear bumper. Inside, the cabin gets leather-effect seats and a 3D digital instrument panel.

The GT Line features enhanced technology, including a 180deg reverse camera, 3D Sat-Nav, ambient lighting and heated front seats. There are also automatic LED headlights, two-tone 18in alloys, and an automatic LED headlight.

The GT’s top-tier model features adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, and lane keeping aid. Alcantara seats, lane keeping assistance, blindspot monitoring, and a panoramic sunroof will be some of the other premium features that you’ll get.

You will feel opulence when you step inside. It has premium materials and soft-touch materials, which match the Audi Q2.

The 2008 is slightly smaller than a family hatchback in terms of interior space, so practicality isn’t its forte. Some might find the lack of buttons to adjust the air conditioner settings difficult. Others may also be frustrated by the unusually-shaped and low-set steering wheel.

The driving experience is pleasant. The soft suspension handles smooth motorways and twisting A-roads well. The Skoda Kamiq is more comfortable than the Volkswagen T-Roc, but the Ford Puma is much more dynamic and responsive.

You need to be familiar with

The trim levels for 2008 have been re-aligned. They are Active Premium, Allure Premium and GT Premium if you’re looking for a used model. The equipment levels are very similar to the original trim levels.

For the smaller, 99bhp engine, prices for used 2008 cars start at PS17,000 For a 128bhp engine, expect to pay more than PS20,000 and for a 153bhp model with high specifications for PS29,000. An e2008 will run you at least PS27,000. Many models with range-topping trims cost more than PS30,000.

Euro NCAP testing gave the 2008 a respectable rating of four stars, with 91% safety for adults and 84% safety for children. The added driver aids make cars with higher specifications even safer.

Buyer Beware

Data plan GT, and GT Line cars receive a 3-year subscription to Peugeot live traffic, weather and fuel price data. You may need to consider the additional cost of purchasing this plan as some cars are nearing the end of their subscription.

Stop-start systems: The stop-start system can be overly eager to react when you slow down. It can also cause the engine to judder at a stop or make the car crawl forward in traffic.

Small boot: 2008 has 434 litres of storage space. This is less than the Volkswagen T-Cross (455 Liters) or the Renault Captur (536 Liters if you use its sliding rear bench). The boot does not have a height-adjustable floor. This allows for easy loading and unloading.

Our choice

1.2 Puretech130: This turbocharged 1.2-litre triple is more than enough to satisfy. It can hit 62mph in 9.1sec and is the most sought after motor on the second-hand market.

Our top specification

Allure This trim is the second-rung and offers a lot of kit for a very reasonable price. Mirroring your smartphone is standard, so you don’t have to spend extra on sat-nav and a larger touchscreen.

Wildcard

E2008 50kWh: While the electric e2008 might have a higher price tag, its servicing and fuelling costs should be lower than those of a Puretech 130. However, some may be dissuaded by the relatively small range.