Peugeot 3008

Handsome family car is fun to drive and cheap to run

6.6
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This is the average score given by leading car publications from 19 reviews
  • Great diesel engines
  • Comfortable and roomy
  • High quality feel throughout
  • No option for 7 seats
  • Hybrid is expensive
  • Questionable looks
 

£19,255 - £25,160 Price range

 

5 Seats

 

42 - 68 MPG

Review

The Peugeot 3008 is a mixture between an SUV and an MPV that, judging by review scores, seems to work. Its main rivals are the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Prices start from £19,255 and if you buy your new 3008 using carwow you can save £4,990 on average.

Step inside the 3008 and you’ll find a sporty dashboard that is slightly tilted towards the driver. Build quality is good an there is little cheap plastics to be found. The elevated driving position gives great overview of the road ahead and the large windows help with the all-round visibility. Some buyers might be disappointed by the lack of a seven-seater version.

The 3008 is not particularly exciting to drive and the steering receives much criticism, but in this market sector, driving feel is not a top priority for buyers. Instead, they look for a comfortable ride and a silent cabin at motorway speeds and the 3008 is very good in both those areas.

Engine wise, the 3008 gets a couple of petrols with a sporty exhaust note, a couple of diesels with impressive fuel economy figures. The automated manual gearbox, though is criticised by reviewers for it’s clunky operation.

There are only two trim levels to choose from – Active and Allure. The basic model comes equipped with air-con, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, rear parking sensors and Dynamic Roll Control, which reduces the sick inducing body roll. Notable equipment on the Allure trim is satellite navigation and a panoramic sunroof.

We have prepared handy colours and dimensions guides for you to see if the 3008 will fit in your life.

Check out our price, specs and release date article on the all new Peugeot 3008, a car that boasts off-road styling and an all-new i-Cockpit system to help it compete in the popular crossover segment.

Cheapest to buy: 1.2-litre Active petrol

Cheapest to run: 2.0-litre BlueHDi Active diesel

Fastest model: 2.0-litre BlueHDi Allure diesel

Most popular: 1.6-litre BlueHDi Allure diesel

3008 drivers get quite a sporty, driver-focused dashboard, not entirely dissimilar in style to that of Audi’s R8 supercar. Critics call it a “pleasant and plush” environment with good-looking switchgear that feels “precise” to use. There’s some neat kit in the 3008, too – all models get a head-up display, which rises out of the dashboard to give you vital data like speed without having to take your eye off the road.

Peugeot 3008 passenger space

Due to the shape of the car, passenger have lots of headroom and the seats are very comfortable for long journeys. Unlike some rivals, there’s no seven-seater option. That’s no disaster, since the rears seats are a good size and there is plenty of storage areas and cubbyholes.

Peugeot 3008 boot space

The ‘Multiflex’ boot loading system works well and draws praise from reviewers. It’s practical with a large boot which has a wide loading area. The capacity with the seats up is 512 litres and rises to 1,604 when you fold them down. For comparison a Qashqai has a 430-litre boot and a Tiguan 470 litres. 

The market has moved on a little since the 3008 made its debut in 2008, but it’s still not a bad car to roll around in. The brakes have been described as “mushy” and the steering “vague”, but most reviewers agree that it rides well and grips hard, offering an almost car-like driving experience at odds with its stilted stance.

High-speed cruising is easy thanks to quiet engines making the 3008 a great long-distance family car. It’s also refined at higher speeds and the good view out means all passengers, including kids in the back, should enjoy the ride.

The critics say it isn’t particularly fun to drive though due to the light steering, but there’s lots of grip and not too much body roll, and driving thrills aren’t usually in demand in this part of the market.

The 2.0-litre diesel versions are fitted with Peugeot’s dynamic roll control that pressurises the outside rear shock absorber to control roll; it’s a great system that motoring journalists complement.

The 3008’s engine line-up has been revitalised by a new range of PureTech petrol engines that replace the ageing 1.6-litre models.

Peugeot 3008 petrol engines

The 1.6 VTi petrols used to be the black sheep of the range, offering neither the performance nor the economy of the diesels, but the new 1.2-litre engine has proven to be a vast improvement. With 130hp, it feels more spritely than you might expect from an engine of this capacity with 0-62mph taking just 10.8 seconds. Running costs are also much lower now, with fuel economy of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 115g/km meaning that road tax costs just £30 when the car is equipped with engine start-stop.

Peugeot 3008 diesel engines

The star of the regular range is the 1.6 e-HDi. It isn’t quick – 60 mph arrives in 13.6 seconds – but equipped with an automated manual gearbox (called EGC) it returns 67.3 mpg and will cost you only £20 a year in tax thanks to a group B VED (road tax) rating. The only real fly in the ointment is the jerky nature of that gearbox, which isn’t as smooth as a traditional automatic. The 2.0 HDi has much more punch. It remains refined however hard you work it, but still achieves fuel economy of more than 50mpg. 

The Peugeot 3008 1.6 HDi reviews are generally quite positive. The experts reckon it's a decent engine that although not fast should be ok for carrying a full car load. It provides enough mid-range thrust to satisfy most owners, despite any initial reservations that they might have about buying a relatively large car with such a small engine.

In terms of performance, the figures don’t look great; the Peugeot 3008 will waddle to 62mph in seconds and go on to a top speed of 112mph. Overtaking does need some planning but most owners will find that the balance between fuel consumption and performance is adequate for the use that the 3008 will be put to.

It's fairly economical though, with an official figure of 55mpg. There's no complaints about it being noisy or not feeling refined. Owners can expect to get about 50mpg in everyday use and the CO2 emissions figure of 137g/km isn’t half bad given the 3008’s load-carrying ability.

So in summary, the reviews say that it's a a good all-round engine that suits the car well.

In 2010 the 1.6 HDi engine was made slightly more powerful (now 112 PS, was 110PS) and more efficient. It's still essentially all the same though!

The reviews of the Peugeot 3008 with the 1.6 THP engine agree that it's a fun and quite fast engine but many critics say that a diesel engine is the more sensible option.

The 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine comes in for praise, on the whole, and is noted for being a powerful and refined engine that pulls well across the whole rev range, feeling smooth even at the upper limits of its performance. It develops 155bhp and 177lb ft of torque and is an “enormously flexible’ engine according to most reviewers – and sounds good too!

It’ll propel the Peugeot 3008 to 62mph in 8.9 seconds and spin smoothly to almost 7,000rpm. Top speed is 125mph and high speed cruising is easy, with plenty in reserve for overtaking or the odd spirited dash, aided and abetted by the dynamic roll control.

The fuel consumption is likely to be around 35-28mpg for most people. CO2 emissions are 167g/km.

It has plenty of torque, responds quickly and most reviews say it's smooth. The problem is that the diesel engines offer lower running costs. However if you want a bit more driver enjoyment or regularly do long journeys then there's definitely appeal in this petrol engine.

To see reviews of the other engines in the 3008, use the drop down box above.

There's only one review so far of the 3008 2.0 HDi 150, but they are very impressed with this engine, saying it's powerful, quiet and refined. There's little lag when you put your foot down, but it cruises well at motorway speeds.

Running costs are fairly low, with low road tax and 50mpg. The review reports that it is “smooth, quiet, punchy with minimal lag, crisp-edged in its sound” – praise for a diesel engine doesn’t come any higher than that!

It develops 148bhp and 251lb ft of torque, enough to reach 62mph in 9.4 seconds. It is the mid-range urge that impresses the most, though, and this is likely to be the one attribute of any engine that most drivers will appreciate the most.

All in all it's a great engine, just make sure you don't want the Hybrid engine, which is even more economical and has more power, though it is a lot more expensive.

These are general, non-engine specific reviews. They give a nice overview of what the car is like, without focusing on just one engine/version.
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 reviews are generally really positive. All the experts come to the same conclusion that this is a very impressive engine and one of the best hybrid units on sale.

The Hybrid4 Peugeot 3008 mates a conventional diesel engine with a 27kW (equivalent to 37bhp) electrified rear axle. The result is impressive, and the driver can pilot the car in full EV mode up to 30mph before the 2.0-litre HDi engine kicks in.

The reviews say that it's fantastic at cruising on the motorway, smooth at town speeds and that the stop/start system work well. It's the most powerful engine in the 3008 and is surprisingly quick, though some experts reckon the extra weight of the electric motor means handling is slightly worse.

The diesel engine is a joy, described as “smooth, quiet, punchy with minimal lag, crisp-edged in its sound” – high praise indeed! Performance is very strong. The acceleration time of 8.5sec to hit 62mph from rest is impressive but it’s the economy that strikes you; 74.4mpg and 104g/km are incredibly impressive figures for such a big, fast vehicle.

The only big downside is the price, it isn't cheap. It costs a lot more than the other available engines and compared to other hybrids is expensive. Another issue is that if you go for the highest trim levels with this engine then it is no longer exempt from road tax or congestion charge. However, if you live outside London or don't go into the congestion charge zone then that shouldn't be a worry too much, as tax will only be £20 a year.

All in all the consensus is that it's an incredible engine, and that the only downside is the high price.

If you’re buying a car like the 3008 it’s probably to ferry your family around in, so you’ll want to know it’s safe. The good news is that when it was tested in 2009, it scored a full five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP.

All versions of the 3008 get six airbags as standard, while the seatbelts also include force limiters.

Experts say the Peugeot 3008 is good value for money and all models have decent equipment levels as standard – air conditioning is a given, sat-nav an option and all models get that natty head-up display. 

If most of your driving is done out of town, it won’t be worth spending your money on the larger engines – you’re better opting for the 1.6 e-HDi, taking the performance hit but achieving much better long-distance economy.

Conclusion

The lack of a seven-seat option may deter some buyers, but the 3008′s recent facelift means it’s now a better car than ever and easier on the eye too.

It’s a great all-round family car and well worth considering alongside the established class-toppers, though realistically it’s now lagging behind the excellent Nissan Qashqai. Pick the right engine though, and you’ll have a frugal, good-to-drive family car.