Peugeot 3008 Review
The Peugeot 3008 is a striking, comfortable family SUV that seats five and comes with efficient engine options.
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As far as SUVs go, the Peugeot 3008 is a bit of a glamorous starlet, but as any Hollywood A-lister will tell you (on the quiet), appearances need to be ‘updated’ occasionally.
Now, the Peugeot 3008 hasn’t been to back street clinic in Brazil, but Peugeot’s made a few changes for 2021 to try and tempt buyers away from the likes of the VW Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and Nissan Qashqai.
The old Peugeot 3008 had a fairly conventional front grille, but this new car gets a sweeping array of square chrome trim that stretches from one headlight to the other. There’s also a pair of new vertical daytime running lights – just like the ones on the new Peugeot 2008 – and a new front bumper with revised black inserts and a shiny chrome bar instead of the old car’s contrasting silver trim.
This new car looks pretty much the same as the outgoing model from the side, besides some new alloy wheel designs, and Peugeot hasn’t changed much at the rear. The brake lights get the same claw-effect design as in the old car, albeit with new full-LED technology, and you’ll spot a set of familiar fake exhaust trims on GT models.
The outgoing Peugeot 3008 had one of the most interesting-looking interiors of any SUV, and thankfully the same holds true for this new model. You get the same 12.3-inch digital driver’s display as before, but Peugeot’s upped the size of the central touchscreen from eight to 10 inches in all but entry-level Active models.
The Peugeot 3008 is looking sharper than ever, and now offers more engines choices, such as a plug-in hybrid.
The swoopy dashboard with polished metal piano-style switches has been carried over unchanged, along with the small low-slung steering wheel. You can choose from a range of new interior trims for the latest car, including red Nappa leather or black suede-like Alcantara for the seats, and lime-wood inserts with chrome details for the doors in GT models.
Peugeot hasn’t drastically changed the 3008’s engine line-up so you’ll be able to get the new car with two petrol engines, one diesel engine or as one of two plug-in hybrid models.
The petrol engines on offer are a 130hp 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine and a 180hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. The former can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. The 180hp versions get an automatic ‘box as standard.
The diesel option is a 130hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine – the new 3008 won’t be available with the old car’s 180hp 2.0-litre diesel engine.
As in the outgoing model, there are two plug-in hybrids to choose from – a 225hp front-wheel-drive model and a more powerful 300hp four-wheel-drive car. The latter uses an extra electric motor under the boot floor to power the rear wheels. Both come with a 13.2kWh battery and can drive for around 35 miles in pure electric mode.
Charging both using a three-pin socket will take around seven hours, but you can pay extra to fit the car with an upgraded 7.4kW charging system that’s compatible with 7.4kW wall boxes. This lets you completely charge the 3008 in around 75 minutes.
Peugeot has fitted the new 3008 with an optional night-vision system. This uses an infrared camera to help detect pedestrians, cyclists and large animals at night and display this video on the digital driver’s display.
Cars fitted with an automatic gearbox can also be specced with a new adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality. This means the car can maintain a safe distance from traffic ahead, even in heavy traffic. There’s also a lane-positioning assistant that’ll steer to help keep you in the centre of your lane on motorways.
Peugeot hasn’t confirmed UK specs for the new 3008, but it’s likely the range will mirror the 3008’s European specs:
Entry-level Active models come as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, an 8-inch touchscreen, dual-zone air conditioning and rear parking sensors. The Active Pack adds electrically folding wing mirrors, front parking sensors and smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android phones.
Allure models add 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, a 10-inch central touchscreen with built-in satellite navigation. Picking the Allure Pack also gives you roof rails, ambient lighting and a front passenger seat that can be reclined all the way backwards.
High-spec GT cars come with unique 18-inch alloy wheels, a black-painted roof, full LED headlights, Alcantara seat trim and additional driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control. The GT Pack adds larger 19-inch alloy wheels, an electric-opening bootlid, an upgraded Focal stereo and massage seats in the front.
There’s also a new ‘Black Pack’ on offer for the 3008. Essentially, it replaces some of the standard car’s chrome with gloss black trim – most noticeably the badges, the roof bars and the inserts on the front and rear bumpers.
The new Peugeot 3008 will go on sale in Europe in late 2020. You can expect to pay a little more across the range than for the outgoing model, so entry-level cars will likely cost from close to £30,000 while top-spec hybrid versions will almost certainly cost more than £45,000.
We’re yet to drive the new Peugeot 3008, but as soon as we do you’ll be the first to know.