Peugeot 2008 Outdoor vs Nissan Juke ST-S

4 February 2014

Peugeot 2008 Outdoor vs Nissan Juke ST-S
Peugeot 2008 Outdoor and Nissan Juke ST-S go head-to-head in this comparative review.
 

Value

Peugeot 2008 Outdoor

$31,990

The top-spec diesel-only 2008 sits on 17-inch alloys and has a fixed-glass roof with sun blind, auto headlights, cloth trim, dual zone climate (no rear vents), six-speaker satnav infotainment system with Bluetooth link, sports-leather helm, cruise control, rear privacy glass, power windows and heated mirrors.

Nissan Juke ST-S

$28,390

The front-drive ST-S sits on 17-inch alloys (with a space-saver spare) and has a satnav-equipped six-speaker infotainment system has a small colour LCD display, USB and Bluetooth, rear privacy glass, cruise control, but tilt-only steering adjustment, single-zone climate control (no rear vents), keyless start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and cloth trim.

Technology

Peugeot 2008 Outdoor

Petrol or diesel, the French SUV isn't going to startle too many - 68kW and 230Nm from the turbo diesel through the front wheels via a five-speed manual, although thirst is low at a claimed 4L/100km. The switchable stability control - Grip Control in Pug-speak - implies all-terrain capability, but that's best ignored.

Nissan Juke ST-S

The little 1.6-litre direct-injection turbo cranks 140kW/240Nm. Pedallers with intent will like the punch, but opting for AWD is going to help keep it tidy. The ST-S is a six-speed manual only (Ti-S buyers only get a CVT). A fuel use claim of 6.5 litres of 95 RON PULP from a 46-litre tank could easily blow out with excessive turbo use.

Technology

Peugeot 2008 Outdoor

Jack up the 208, add a zero to the badge and Robert is your father's brother. It's a chic little machine and the interior is similarly attractive, with sound ergonomics and materials. Boot space is good (410/1400L) and flexible, although the cover not rising with the tailgate is annoying.

Nissan Juke ST-S

Far and away the funkiest thing ever to wear a Nissan badge, the Juke is - for better or worse - still a headturner, despite being five years old. The front seats safely accommodate adults but rear space is tight. Boot space of 251 litres (880 with seats folded) isn't cavernous compared to the Pug, but at least it lifts the cargo cover off for easier loading.

Safety

Peugeot 2008 Outdoor

Five stars carries over from the 208, thanks to stability and traction control, six airbags, rain-sensing wipers, rear sensors and a (sadly-sporadic) reversing camera, auto-dimming rear-vision mirror. Also on the list are the useful electric rear door and window child safety locks.

Nissan Juke ST-S

A five-star crasher, the Juke has six 'bags, stability and traction control, rear camera (but no rear sensors), rain-sensing wipers and auto headlights are among the standard bits, with the top-spec Ti-S adding all-wheel drive, something that should be teamed with the manual-only ST-S.

Driving

Peugeot 2008 Outdoor

The driving position suffers for a lowset steering wheel, close pedals and highset seat; front-seat occupants won't suffer for comfort and rear occupants won't want to be tall. Stick to the blacktop and you're off to a good start and the ride/handling compromise is better than some recent efforts from the French Lion, but the rubbery five-speed/diesel combo isn't class-leading.

Nissan Juke ST-S

A compact but useful package, the deranged bullfrog looks are backed by frenetic pace from the turbo four, although a little bit of torque steer can be disconcerting. Ride quality has been sacrificed somewhat for body control but those after funky looks will tolerate.

Verdict

Peugeot 2008 Outdoor

16/25

Better luck
next time :(

Nissan Juke ST-S

18/25

Winner winner
chicken dinner!

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Written by

Stuart Martin

Published 4 February 2014

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