A major criticism of the old 3008 was its interior – its design meant that the steering wheel could block the driver’s view of the dials. But Peugeot’s resolved that with the new model and done a smashing job on the design in the process – it’s now one of the most stylish you can find in the class. Leather, metal and unusual forms focused around two large screens make for a dashboard that is far more interesting than the corporate atmosphere you find in, say, a VW Tiguan.
This eye-catching design hasn’t dented the practicality credentials, because with its huge boot (complete with standard, electrically operated tailgate), and spacious rear seats, the 3008 is just as good at the boring stuff as it is at turning rival parents’ heads on the school run.
Out on the road, the new car’s connection with the 308 hatchback – with which it shares a platform – is undeniable. The steering is precise, the car is predictable and surefooted, plus the ride quality nears the top of the class. It’s a nice balance between the best of both worlds.
As with its platform, the 3008 shares its engines with other models from the Peugeot range. You get a pick ‘n’ mix of petrols and diesels no bigger than 2.0 litres in size, all of which put fuel economy ahead of performance.
The Peugeot 3008 is one of the best SUVs you can buy – and I love the electric scooter it can come with
All cars get full-LED headlights with Audi-style scrolling indicators, a panoramic glass sunroof and the aforementioned automatic tailgate that can be operated with a wave of your foot beneath the rear bumper.
GT Line and GT models represent the top of the range with wider wheelarches, 19-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof bars and twin exhausts. GT Line models have sports front seats trimmed in a mix of cloth and leather effect materials while GT models get electrically adjustable, heated leather seats with a massage function.
Even though Peugeot (extremely tenuously) claims that the original 3008 sparked the soft-roader craze, the original missed the opportunity to become the raging success that the Qashqai is to Nissan.
This new model looks to make the impact the old car never did, then, and it seems to answer all the questions posed by SUV buyers – it looks stylish, yet tough; it’s practical, yet full of technology; and it drives no worse than a family hatchback while using similar amounts of fuel. Be ready to see lots of them on a school run near you.