What's it like?
Unfortunately, this GT Line isn't as exciting to drive as its name and unique black and red accents suggest. Our car's range-topping Puretech engine is certainly stout enough to cope with town and motorway work, but it often needed a lower gear to access its sweetest band on our hilly test route. It feels a little less well installed in the 2008 too, compared with Peugeot's 308, say, sending more vibration back through the controls under load. There's also a fair amount of wind and tyre noise heard in the cabin at higher speeds.
Peugeot's trademark small steering wheel remains a feature, but the 2008's relatively aggressive steering doesn't really suit its chassis. It's a little vague around its centre, but weights and speeds up rapidly just a few degrees beyond it, returning to the straight-ahead briskly while never communicating much of what's happening at the front wheels. Subsequently, it feels slightly nervous on the move, often forcing you to adjust your line in sharp bends. Push hard, and it's not long before the 2008's front wheels give up grip.
There are no suspension modifications for the GT Line, and its soft set-up ensures noticeable body lean through corners. It also allows vertical movement over undulations and the 2008's nose to dip more than you'd like under braking. It does help the 2008 soak up large obstructions well, although the GT Line's range-largest 17in alloys transfer edges to the cabin more readily than in lesser models with more rubber.
Inside there's better news. The GT Line's front seats provide decent support and both they and the steering wheel adjust generously. Two tall adults will have no problem with head or leg room, either. The back seats will struggle to sit three adults abreast comfortably, but two will find good head room, and enough leg room if the front passengers aren't too gangly. 410 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place is impressive, and it's an easily accessible, practical space at that. 60/40 split-folding rear seats open the space to 1400 litres.
The 2008's cabin quality was close to class leading when it was launched, and it still looks and feels right up there; hence there haven't been any changes. A more welcome addition can be found on the 2008's 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system found as standard from Active trim, although it remains a little less responsive than the class's best efforts. Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link (for non-Apple devices) is now standard from second-rung Active trim, and transforms the user experience for the better.
Should I buy one?
The Peugeot 2008 remains a solid choice among the UK's many small SUV options. Its cabin still feels plush next to its closest rivals', and it offers competitive space for people and luggage, too. That its handling inspires little fun is unlikely to be a big concern to most buyers, but this GT Line has to be marked down for its uncomfortable ride and considerable price. At £19,215, we're well into bigger and dynamically superior (albeit less well equipped) Qashqai and Yeti SUV territory.
In truth, our back-to-back experience of this 129bhp Puretech and its slightly less powerful 109bhp guise suggests that there's better value in the lesser unit. The latter feels only slightly less alert, is as clean and frugal and costs less to buy. While we're at it, Allure trim retains many of the 2008's stylish features, comes very well equipped and slashes the 2008's price to a level that helps this small SUV make even more sense.