What's the space like inside?
The 2008’s edgy, sharp exterior lines give the car real road presence. Especially in the sexy Onyx Black paint of our test car. The SUV’s cabin is just as modern and eye-catching as the exterior.
Peugeot’s ‘i-Cockpit’ cabin setup is polarising to say the least. The idea is to engage the driver and help them focus more on driving. The steering wheel is smaller and sits lower than in other cars. The instrument cluster sits above the top rim of the steering wheel (depending on how high the wheel is adjusted to), so you don’t have to peer through the wheel to look at the speedo. The multimedia screen sits immediately next to that.
While a lot of people find it difficult to adjust to the setup, we think it’s brilliant. The smaller wheel does make for a more engaging drive experience.
Thankfully, the semi-premium pricing does indeed come with some premium flourishes. The materials used throughout feel a step above any other small SUV in its class. Soft-touch materials throughout, carbon-fibre dash inserts and cool green stitching add to the vibe.
Peugeot’s unique switchgear, particularly the air-con controls, exudes retro cool. The gorgeous looking Nappa leather front seats are incredibly well bolstered, and the pattern is striking. The driver’s seat is power adjustable and has a massage function. It’s all very chic.
The 3D instrument cluster feels like a bit of a gimmick but it’s also pretty cool. The 10-inch touchscreen is angled towards the driver for easier access. The menu itself takes some time to get used to. There’s no real ‘home’ button and it’s not as user friendly as systems from the likes of Kia and Hyundai. During our week with the car, the multimedia screen froze and was unusable. We turned the car off and left it for an hour and still wasn’t working. That meant there was no display for the reversing camera. It eventually came good when we started the car later that day.
In terms of storage, large bottles fit easily into the door pockets, the central bin is small but deep and the cup holders are narrow. There’s room for devices and there are USB-A and USB-C ports.
Rear-seat legroom is good, but headroom is tight for taller folks on the two outboards rear seats. Air vents, flat seats, two USB-C ports, map pockets and decent bottle storage can be found back there.
The 2008’s boot swallows a decent 434 litres with the rear seats up, expanding to 1467 with the 60/40 split rear seats folded. Under the boot floor you’ll find additional storage and a space-saver spare wheel.