Renault Captur Versus Peugeot 2008

peu_capSmall in stature but big on space the Urban Crossover has been steadily gaining fans since Nissan launched the Juke in 2009.  We test drive two recent French arrivals, the Peugeot 2008 and Renault’s Captur

What is it? More hatchback and less SUV the urban crossover  blends MPV like interior versatility with a high driving position. The Renault is based on the Clio while the 2008 is a beefier version of  Peugeot’s 208.

Who is it aimed at? If you are after practical family transport with a go anywhere appearance outside and a bit more space inside then one of these urban crossovers just might be the car for you.

Styling? Pronounced ‘capture’ Renault’s new Captur is essentially a Clio on steroids, with chunkier SUV styling it shares styling features with its smaller sibling including a wide black grille and sharper  and more aggressive-looking headlights. Similarly conceived the Peugeot 2008 is based on the award winning 208 but is higher, longer and wider than its hatchback sibling. With smart styling and numerous personalisation options the Captur is a real head turner and makes the conservative styling of the 2008 almost dull by comparison.

Under the Bonnet: Our Peugeot test car was powered by  a  1.4-litre diesel. There is plenty of power for city driving but when overtaking it lacks some punch and its noisy with quite a bit of road and wind intrusion.  Other options include a 1.2 petrol or two 1.6 diesel units. Under the bonnet  of the Captur lurks either a 1.4-litre diesel or a tiny 898cc petrol engine. Our test car was the petrol version and on the road its surprisingly good .

Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008

What about Inside? Behind the wheel there is great view in both thank to the raised driving position. Inside the 2008 the chic styling from the 208 is carried over and it is spacious, comfortable and very plush. The boot is larger than the 208 with all seats in place but it can stretch to 1,193 litres with the seats folded. In the Captur funky is the buzzword and there are some really nice details and clever touches. Families with small children will love the zip off seat covers that you can remove and wash and features like the sliding rear seat will only add to the appeal of this car. The quality of the 2008 is better throughout but for sheer quirkiness we preferred the unique styling of the Captur.

On the Road?  The Captur is good around the city, while the spaciousness and high driving position gives the impression of a larger car its compact proportions make it perfect for zipping around town and you can park it just about anywhere. The light steering makes easy work of city manoeuvres. Negotiating the urban jungle it soon becomes apparent Peugeot’s 2008 is neat and nimble. It is good to drive, there is little body roll on corners and it’s very easy to manoeuvre. Both cars are set up for comfort rather than sport but they are engaging to drive.

And Safety? The Renault Captur scored a max of five stars when it was tested by the EuroNCAP and  has a  variety of adult, child and pedestrian safety options. There’s no Euro NCAP rating for the 2008 yet but there’s no reason to think it won’t achieve five stars. It  comes well equipped with ESP, 6 airbags, child safety locks and cruise control-speed limiter as standard.

Options?  Two trim  are available on the Captur,  Life and Intense. There is also a long list of personalisation options including a contrasting roof. Three versions of the 2008 are offered, Access, Active and Allure.  Like the Renault Captur, the 2008 does not have four-wheel drive but it does however come with an optional grip control system that can be fitted on Allure models For an extra €255. This system gives you maximum traction on slippery or muddy conditions so it is a very credible alternative to traditional 4WD systems.

Renault Captur

Renault Captur

What about fuel economy?  The Peugeot 2008 delivers an excellent 4 litres per 100 kms (70.6 mpg) on combined driving of motorway and city while the tiny little petrol engine  in the Captur manages 5 litres per 100 kms (56.5) over the same roads. Co2 emissions are 104 and 115 g/km respectively so motor tax is  €190 for the 2008 and €200 for the Captur.

Okay so the Verdict? Both cars combine space, style and practicality and you will not be disappointed with either. The Captur is a very tempting proposition if you’re looking for a stylish car with attitude that delivers economical driving on a budget while Peugeot’s 2008 has a very chic interior and good handling. The 2008 just nudges ahead in our opinion.   Overall it’s better to drive and with the option  of grip control it’s the  more practical of the two.


Peugeot 2008 Renault Captur
Active 1.4 HDi 5dr Intense Tce 90 S&S
No of Doors 5 5
No of Seats 5 5
Price Range €18,595 – €23,945 €19,390- €22,490
Euro NCAP – Overall Not tested Yet 5
Engine Size cc 1398 898
Power bhp 68@4000 90@5250
Torque Nms
Fuel type Diesel Petrol
Combined MPG 70.6 56.5
CO2 Emissions (g/km) 104 113
Max. speed 99 106
0-100 kph 14.9 13.1
Boot capacity
Seats Up (litres) 360 377
Seats Down (litres) 1235
Length (mm) 4159 4122
Width (mm) 1829 1778
Height (mm) 1556 1566
Wheelbase (mm) 2538 2606



For more information

on the Captur check out Renault Ireland or the  Renault Ireland Facebook page.
on the 2008 check out or the Peugeot Ireland Facebook page.


Geraldine Herbert

9th October, 2013


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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