Peugeot 3008 (2016-2020) Review
The Peugeot 3008 is an SUV with upmarket looks, a big boot, stylish interior and decent levels of equipment. It dash could be more intuitive to use, though
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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.
Like a celebrity who’s transformed themselves for a particularly athletic role, the Peugeot 3008 morphed from a rather dumpy MPV to a sharp-suited SUV in 2016. It’s now one of the most eye-catching cars on sale.
The good looks don’t disappear when you step inside, either – especially if you go for the optional denim-clad interior trim. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air next to the rather sober cabins in alternatives such as the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.
It doesn’t just look good – it feels lovely, too. Most of the surfaces you touch regularly are soft and squidgy, you get a fabric-effect material on some parts of the dashboard and the premium-looking piano keys that control most of the car’s features are made from cold-to-the-touch metal.
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 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 plenty of space up front thanks to the Peugeot 3008’s tall roof and you get enough seat and steering-wheel adjustment help you find a comfortable driving position without any fuss. Although, depending on how you like to sit, you might find the small steering wheel obscures some of the dials.
There are no such foibles in the back – there’s even enough room for three adults to sit side-by-side thanks to the 3008’s flat floor and a wider middle seat than you’ll find in the back of a VW Tiguan.
Everything about the Peugeot 3008 makes it feel more expensive than it is, especially the interior
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.
Despite the Peugeot 3008’s rugged SUV looks, only top-spec Hybrid4 models can be had with four-wheel drive – although when was the last time you found yourself driving up a mud-strewn farm track anyway?
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 131hp 1.2-litre petrol – it’s perky and returns good fuel economy. The 131hp 1.5-litre diesel makes more sense on motorway journeys where it settles into a hushed cruise and costs even less to run.
Most models come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but you can upgrade to a much better eight-speed automatic that’s smoother and takes less effort to drive in heavy traffic.
Be it manual or automatic, the Peugeot 3008 is one of the easier SUVs to drive and it does a good job of smoothing out bumpy or poorly repaired roads. It’s not sporty like a Seat Ateca, but it never leans in corners to the point of making your passengers feel car sick. More importantly, the Peugeot 3008 is quiet at motorway speeds.
Also important to know is that all models get automatic emergency braking and you can pay extra to get lane-keeping assistance and a blind spot alert for even greater peace of mind.
With its spacious and funky interior, efficient engines and practical boot, the Peugeot 3008 is a hard family car to ignore. Sure, it’s not the most fun SUV to drive but if you want to stand out, it could be the car for you. Take a look at the latest Peugeot 3008 deals to see how much you could save – or get a range of offers from Peugeot dealers on our recommended model by clicking the button below.
The Peugeot 3008’s cabin is spacious enough for a family of five but its low-slung steering wheel means you might struggle to find a comfortable driving position if you’re very tall.
There’s plenty of room in the Peugeot 3008’s front seats, 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 good 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 stop you getting backache during 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 its completely flat rear floor, soft centre seat, decent shoulder room and good headroom.
On the downside, there’s not a lot of room under the front seats for your passengers’ feet – a problem that’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.
Unlike some family SUVs, you can fit three Isofix child seats in the Peugeot 3008 – two in the back and one in the front passenger’s seat. The Isofix anchor points themselves are a little tricky to access, but at least the raised roof and wide door openings make it easy to lift in the seat itself.
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 Peugeot 3008s with a manual gearbox, 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 has 591 litres of boot space 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 you can slide in a baby stroller or a set of golf clubs with ease.
You can raise or lower the base of the boot 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.
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 that car isn’t 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, though, 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 isn’t 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 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.
The Peugeot 3008 has bundles of standard kit and plenty of high-quality materials, but its infotainment system isn’t all that easy to use.