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 more easy to understand
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 funky denim-clad interior that’s a breath of fresh air next to more sobre interiors in alternatives such as the Skoda Kodiaq.
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.
Okay, the small, low-mounted steering wheel and high-mounted digital instrument cluster take a bit of getting used to, but the digital screen that replaces traditional dials looks so good you likely won’t care. The screen can be configured in several view modes but none are as impressive as the sat-nav map you can bring up on a VW Tiguan’s digital dials.
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. 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. You can fit a lot in the 3008 by folding down the seats and you can also fold the front passenger seat as well which allows you to transport a bike without removing its wheels.
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. You can, however, get it with an optional off-road traction control that also comes with special grippier tyres which should be enough to get you up the occasional wet meadow or snowy driveway.
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 it’s enjoyable performance and fuel-efficient nature. There’s a 181bhp 1.6-litre petrol which is decently quick, but most will find the 1.2-litre nippy enough.
The 130bhp 1.5-litre diesel makes sense on motorway journeys where it settles into a hushed cruise and can be impressively economical. The bigger 2.0-litre has plenty of pulling power for confident overtakes but it’s louder than the 1.5-litre on the move and uses a tad more fuel as well.
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 to drive in class 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 tad less grip, but you’d rarely do such speeds in a family SUV anyway so it’s not so bad. More importantly the Peugeot 3008 us 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 in class but if you want to stand out, this is probably the car for you.
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