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The Peugeot 2008 is a better car than you might expect it to be on several counts: on performance, on efficiency and not least on how it handles.

If you’re looking for an extra-useful supermini that drives with the instant, cheery responses of a small car, it might suit you very well.

There’s no lofty benchmark for the 2008 to fall glaringly foul of

But somehow it’s a bit predictable, a bit unadventurous, a little ‘me too’. If it were larger and had greater space and convenience, the 2008 would have a more obvious selling point.

Equally, were it more ostentatiously stylish, it might stand out more from a conventional hatchback.

Consequently the Peugeot 2008, even in its range-topping format, ultimately falls wide of the mark - not because it’s particularly objectionable, but because it fails in any meaningful sense to be properly memorable or praiseworthy.

As it is, the 2008 brings defunct added-value small cars to mind such as