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.
The tiny steering wheel might suggest the Peugeot 3008 is sporty to drive but it’s not. It’s happier zipping up and down motorways rather than storming down country lanes
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. It’ll set you back £470 on cars fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and £770 on cars with 17-inch wheels. 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 it’s not 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 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’s not 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 3008 received an impressive five-star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2016. It’s worth noting that the testing regime was made significantly stricter from 2015 to 2016, meaning the 3008 is one of the safest family cars on sale. 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.