The Peugeot 3008 has bundles of standard kit and plenty of high-quality materials, but its left-field design won’t be to everyone’s taste
The Peugeot 3008’s interior looks and feels fantastic. You get a small, low-mounted steering wheel and a slick digital instrument cluster – similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit – high-up on the dashboard. The layout might feel odd at first, but you’ll soon get used to it.
The free-standing central infotainment screen, slim air vents and chrome plastic detailing all lend the Peugeot 3008’s interior a more stylish air than the bland cabins in a SEAT Ateca or VW Tiguan. There’s also an unusual combination of soft plastics and fabric on the dashboard and inside the doors – but it works well and feels posher than it sounds. If that wasn’t enough, you get a neat bank of tactile metal toggle switches on the centre console which outsmarts anything you’ll find in similarly priced SUVs.
If you think the outside looks good, jump inside and you’ll be treated to one of the fanciest cabins in the class – it’s far nicer than anything offered by Volkswagen
All Peugeot 3008 cars feature an eight-inch touchscreen mounted above the centre console and a second 12.3-inch digital driver’s display behind the steering wheel in place of conventional analogue rev-counter and speedo dials. This larger screen can display a set of digital dials or sat-nav directions in a large easy-to-read format while the 3008’s selectable driving modes allow you to adjust the graphics to suit your personal preferences.
Both screens are clear, bright and easy to read, while the tactile metal switches below the central air vents make accessing key features easier than having to navigate through numerous touchscreen menus. It’s still not quite as intuitive as VW’s system and is slightly slower to respond, too.
Climate control functions are all controlled through the infotainment system so you’ll have to hit a few more buttons than in a VW Tiguan to change the temperature or clear the windscreen. It’s not the most elegant solution, but it’s the price you pay for having such a stylish, uncluttered dashboard.
Satellite navigation is a pricey option that isn’t really needed on entry-level cars because the Peugeot 3008 comes with Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity features. These let you mirror your smartphone’s navigation app on the built-in infotainment screen without having to fork out for the expensive sat-nav upgrade. GT-Line and GT cars come with wireless phone charging – a £120 option on Active and Allure models, but worth going for if your smartphone supports it.
The standard sound system is fine but if you love your music then the punchy Focal stereo is a worthwhile upgrade. It’s not available on entry-level Active cars, however.