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
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 £990 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 3008's cabin doesn't just look great, plenty of practical features make it easy to live with everyday, too
The Peugeot 3008’s boot will hold 591 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place – 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.