Peugeot 3008 Review
The Peugeot 3008 has upmarket looks, a big boot, stylish interior and decent levels of equipment. It would be perfect if the interior design was a tad easier to understand
This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
- Interesting design both in and out
- Cheap to run
What's not so good
- No four-wheel-drive option
- Disappointing manual gearbox
- Oddly positioned instruments
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If you’re on the search for a family SUV with great space and practicality, bags of style inside and out and decent levels of equipment, then look no further than the Peugeot 3008.
The Peugeot 3008 was an MPV in a past life, but in 2016 got a complete makeover. The result was the bold SUV looks you see here, as well as a funky denim-clad interior that’s a breath of fresh air next to more sober interiors in alternatives such as the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.
It’s not just looks, either – most of the places you touch are soft and squidgy, you get a fabric-effect material on some parts of the dashboard and you also get premium-looking metal piano keys that control most of the car’s features.
Every 3008 features an 8-inch touchscreen mounted above the centre console and a second 12-inch digital driver’s display behind the steering wheel in place of conventional analogue rev-counter and speedo dials. This larger screen can display a set of digital dials or sat-nav directions in a large easy-to-read format. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range, too.
There’s plentiful space upfront thanks to a tall roof and a paired back windshield, while enough seat and steering-wheel adjustment ensure you quickly set-up a comfortable driving position, although depending on how you like to sit, you might find the small steering wheel obscuring some of the dials. Space in the back is also great – there’s even enough room for three adults sitting side-by-side thanks to a flat floor and a wider middle seat than you’ll find in the back of a Tiguan.
Even better news is that the boot space hasn’t suffered as a result of the roomy back seats – drop the adjustable boot floor to its lowest position and the 3008’s load bay is just a carrier bag shy of the giant space in the VW Tiguan.
Everything about the Peugeot 3008 makes it feel more expensive than it is, especially the interior
Despite the rugged SUV looks of the Peugeot 3008, you can’t actually get it with four-wheel drive. If you do lots of town driving, it’s best to stick to one of the petrol engines – the pick of the range is the 130bhp 1.2-litre petrol for its enjoyable performance and fuel-efficient nature. The 130bhp 1.5-litre diesel makes most sense on motorway journeys where it settles into a hushed cruise and can be impressively economical.
All models come with a six-speed manual gearbox that’s a bit vague and unpleasant to use but you can upgrade to a six-speed automatic that’s smooth and quick-shifting, making the manual almost obsolete.
Be it manual or automatic, the Peugeot 3008 is one of the easier cars of its kind to drive and is also does a good job of smoothing out poor, bumpy roads. It’s not sporty like a Seat Ateca so it rolls more in corners and has a little less grip, but you’d rarely do such speeds in a family SUV anyway. More important is that the Peugeot 3008 is quiet at motorway speeds.
Also important to know is that Euro NCAP awarded the Peugeot 3008 with the full five-star safety rating when tested in 2016. All models get automatic emergency braking and you can spec up assists such as a lane-keeping aid and a blind spot alert.
With great safety, a spacious and funky interior, efficient engines and big boot, it’s hard to ignore the Peugeot 3008 as a very strong family car proposition. It’s not the most dynamic to drive but if you want to stand out, this is probably the car for you.
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The Peugeot 3008 has bundles of standard kit and plenty of high-quality materials, but its left-field design won’t be to everyone’s taste
The Peugeot 3008’s cabin is comfortable and spacious enough for a family of five but its low-slung steering wheel means you might struggle to find your ideal driving position
The 3008's cabin doesn't just look great, plenty of practical features make it easy to live with everyday, too
There’s plenty of room in the front even if you’re quite tall, but the low-mounted steering wheel can slightly obstruct your view of the instrument display if you’re much over six-feet tall. There’s a fair range of seat adjustment to help you get comfortable and all but entry-level Active cars get lumbar support for the driver as standard, which helps improve comfort on long drives.
Top-spec GT cars come with eight-way electric adjustment for the driver’s seat with two memory functions and massage features, but passengers have to make do with manual adjustment across the range.
Rear passenger space is fair, but a Toyota RAV4 is roomier. You can easily fit three rear-seat passengers in a Peugeot 3008, thanks to a completely flat rear floor, a soft centre seat and decent shoulder room, knee room and headroom. On the downside, there’s not a lot of room under the front seats for your passengers’ feet. The problem’s made worse if you have the front seats in their lowest position. Also be aware that rear-seat headroom isn’t great for six-footers if you buy the optional panoramic glass sunroof, because it lowers the height of the roof slightly.
If you live down a muddy lane you’ll appreciate the fact that the 3008’s doors extend all the way down to its sills, too, so even if the outside of the car is covered in grime you can get in and out without wiping it on your legs.
The Peugeot 3008 has a good selection of handy cubby holes throughout its cabin. The front door bins are big enough to hold two bottles of water and both come with felt lining to stop items rattling around. The rear pockets have enough space for a single bottle while the spacious storage compartment under the armrest is ideal for hiding away a few phones or other large valuables.
A small tray beside the gearlever is ideal for storing your keys, but in manual 3008s the central cupholders are too close to the gear lever – meaning it’s all too easy to knock your latte over when going for that overtake.
The glovebox is rather small too – Peugeot hasn’t relocated the fuse box for right-hand-drive models – and you’ll struggle to fit more than a litre bottle inside. Thankfully, you can tuck the owner’s manual in a dedicated slot under the passenger seat to free up a little space.
The Peugeot 3008’s large doors make fitting a child seat fairly easy and the car’s height means you don’t have to bend your back when fitting it. The Isofix mounting points are clearly marked and Peugeot’s even fitted a pair of anchor points to the front passenger seat.
The Peugeot 3008 has a boot capacity of 591 litres with the rear seats in place. That’s more than the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, but not quite as much as the 615-litre VW Tiguan. Fold the 3008’s rear seats down in a 60:40 split using the easy-to-reach catches in the boot and you’re left with a vast 1,670-litre space.
Okay, size isn’t everything but the Peugeot 3008 boot is incredibly well thought out too. With the rear seats up there’s enough room to carry two large suitcases and two small boxes without removing the parcel shelf, and a baby stroller or a set of golf clubs will slide in with ease. You can raise or lower the boot floor to create a flat load lip and a completely flat floor with the rear seats folded – this makes it easy to slide heavy items in and out. With the boot floor in its raised position, there’s even enough room underneath to store the parcel shelf and hide away a few valuables.
A standard-fit ski hatch in the rear seats makes it easy to carry long, thin items while you can fold the front passenger seat forward to load even longer luggage – such as flat-pack furniture. A few hooks for shopping bags, a set of tie-down points and a handy 12V socket in the boot round off the impressively practical Peugeot’s handy features.
The Peugeot 3008 is easy to drive and irons out bumps fairly well, but it won’t put a smile on your face in corners
The tiny steering wheel might suggest the Peugeot 3008 is sporty to drive but it’s not. It’s happier zipping up and down motorways rather than storming down country lanes
You can get the Peugeot 3008 with a range of petrol and diesel engines fitted with either a five or six-speed manual gearbox, or a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic. Every version comes with stop/start technology as standard to help you save fuel when you’re stuck in traffic.
Pick the 130hp 1.5-litre diesel model if you regularly cover lots of motorway miles. It’s economical on a run and doesn’t feel too sluggish once you fill up the 3008 with people and/or luggage. It isn’t as noisy as the less powerful 100hp model when you accelerate hard, and it’ll be cheaper to run than the 180hp 2.0-litre diesel.
Planning to use your Peugeot 3008 around town? Go for the 130hp 1.2-litre petrol – it’s smoother and quieter than the 1.5-litre diesel, especially when you accelerate, but won’t prove quite as economical at motorway speeds. Peugeot claims it’ll return 55.4mpg but you’ll more likely achieve a figure in the low to mid-forties.
A more powerful 181hp 1.6-litre petrol is also available in Allure and GT-Line cars that has brisk acceleration but it’s a tad expensive and, unless you want to be the first car off the lights, the 1.2-litre should serve you just as well most of the time.
You can’t get a 3008 with four-wheel drive, despite its chunky off-road appearance. You can, however, get an optional advanced grip control feature that’ll help maximise traction on slippery surfaces, but there’s really no need to get it unless you often drive the car on slippery surfaces or live somewhere that gets snow.
The Peugeot 3008 isn’t exactly fun to drive but it doesn’t lean excessively in tight corners or wallow over large bumps. It soaks up rutted road surfaces fairly well and softens the blow of large potholes without too much fuss – even with the larger 18-inch alloy wheels fitted. If it’s a sporty SUV you’re after, however, you’d be much better off with a SEAT Ateca – but it’s not as comfortable as a 3008.
The view out of the Peugeot 3008 is a bit compromised. The thick pillar between the windscreen and front door creates a sizeable blind spot at junctions. The large side windows offer decent over-the-shoulder visibility so you’ll have no trouble checking for passing traffic on motorways, but the tiny rear window can make parking tricky. Thankfully, rear parking sensors are offered as standard on the Peugeot 3008 and a reversing camera is fitted to all but entry-level Active cars.
There’s not much tyre noise at motorway speeds, but you’ll hear a noticeable whistle coming from the door mirrors. It’s no more apparent than in most SUVs, however, and you can easily drown it out with the radio.
The 3008 received an impressive five-star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2016. It’s worth noting that the testing regime was made significantly stricter from 2015 to 2016, meaning the 3008 is one of the safest family cars on sale. The Peugeot 3008 comes with automatic emergency city braking as standard while top-spec GT models are fitted with adaptive cruise control, too, which can brake and accelerate the car on its own in traffic.