The 2008’s chief dynamic advantages are its perceived compactness and agility. While it’s nothing revelatory, driving this car makes the penny drop about Peugeot’s positioning. It may not be as convenient as a Mokka, as rugged as a Yeti or as divergent as a Juke, but on the road the 2008 handles, and handles well.
Even on hybrid tyres, it steers keenly and rides lumps and bumps with fluent control. Drivers will find it more like a well sorted, light-spirited supermini than a bigger family car – and plenty of them, we suspect, will quite like that.
Just as it does in the 208, the small steering wheel works with a rack that’s quite direct just off-centre to give the car instant directional response. It turns in with immediacy and there’s little in the way of body roll to take the edge off its decent lateral grip levels.
There’s also a building sense of heft to the steering and a bit of feel to match that directness, so you don’t tend to overwork the front wheels. The effort you put in almost always seems proportionate to the response you get, which makes for an easy drive. You can’t say that about, for example, a Mini Countryman.
Peugeot's 2008 is highly competitive on rolling comfort, too. It isn’t softly sprung, but neither is it contrived in its firmness to seem artificially sporty or to create some craggy sense or purpose.
The chassis tune feels a bit more taut than the typical utility car, but quite subtle damping means that it handles most UK surfaces very comfortably and retains good vertical control even over the worst roads you’re likely to find. It’s highly compatible with British roads, then.