Peugeot 3008 review
The Peugeot 3008 is a striking and practical family SUV — although it is not the comfiest for those in the back seats.
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As far as SUVs go, the Peugeot 3008 is a bit of a glamorous starlet, but as any Hollywood A-lister will (quietly) tell you, to keep looking good you may need the occasional update.
Now, the Peugeot 3008 hasn’t quite been to a Brazilian back street clinic, and it’s always been nicely designed, but it’s had a series of nips and tucks for 2021 in a bid to help you distinguish it from the likes of the VW Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and Nissan Qashqai.
The old Peugeot 3008 had a fairly conventional front grille, but this new version gets a sweeping array of square chrome trim that stretches from one headlight to the other. There’s also a pair of new vertical daytime running lights on higher-spec cars – just like the ones on the new Peugeot 2008.
The interior is a familiar sight compared with the old Peugeot 3008, but that’s definitely no bad thing. It’s one of the most interesting-looking cabins of any SUV, and the quality is just as impressive as the way it looks. In front of the driver remains a 12-inch digital driver’s display in place of a traditional instrument panel, although all but entry-level Active models now get a 10-inch central infotainment screen, rather than the old car’s 8-inch system.
Controls are laid out in a fashion that wraps around you. Physical buttons to control the infotainment are pointed towards you, while a high-set centre console creates a comfortable, cocoon-like effect. Materials are of a very high standard as well, and everything feels solidly built. There’s plenty of choices to make your 3008 a little more you as well, including the option of red Nappa leather or black Alcantara-trimmed seats, with top-spec GT models also coming with lime-wood inserts.
Seat adjustment is fantastic, but the tiny, squared-off steering wheel can make seeing the digital display a bit of a nightmare for some — so you should definitely take a Peugeot 3008 for a test drive before committing to a purchase.
There’s lots left to be desired in the back row as well, where having three passengers might be a little too close for comfort.
Boot space for the Peugeot 3008 comes in at a competitive 520 litres and it’s all very usable too, with a boxy shape and the lack of a lip makes sliding cargo in and out without having to lean down dead easy.
With plenty of kit on board, like the larger touchscreen and keyless go, Allure Premium is the trim to have
There’s a choice of two petrol engines, a sole diesel and two plug-in hybrid models in the 3008 range.
As a car primarily for town driving, the Peugeot 3008 ticks most of the boxes. Light steering makes manoeuvering dead easy, plus the suspension is so good that you’ll only notice the roughest of bumps. Visibility isn’t great though, with giant pillars creating blind spots and a tiny rear window making it hard to see out of the back.
The Peugeot 3008 is perfectly fine on the motorway, too. Even with the dinky 1.2-litre petrol equipped, power is enough for brisk overtaking and there’s very little in the way of road noise beyond a tiny bit from the tyres and wind around the mirror. As you’d expect, fuel consumption is light.
It’s no sports car, though, so don’t expect much from the Peugeot 3008 if you want something that’s going to be fun when things get twistier. If that’s what you want from your small SUV, take a look at the Seat Ateca.
Much like your mid-life Hollywood A-lister, a bit of a refresh really has improved the Peugeot 3008 without spoiling its core. If you’re in the market for a small SUV, you should definitely take a look at one. It doesn’t lead the way in practicality or driving experience, but it’s certainly very good — and is undoubtedly one of the best-looking SUVs out there as well.
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The Peugeot 3008 has a large, boxy boot that’s one of the best in its class, but rear passenger space leaves a lot to be desired
While finding a comfortable position from the driving seat of the Peugeot 3008 should be easy (steering wheel visibility potentially aside), the same can’t be said for passengers in the back.
Though headroom is decent and a flat floor makes finding space for your feet reasonably easy if you’re the middle passenger, legroom isn’t great and the rear row is rather narrow — so expect to be rubbing shoulders.
Easily locatable Isofix points make the Peugeot 3008 a great option for those with younger kids, and there’s even a point located in the front passenger seat — just in case your newborn demands to ride shotgun.
One thing the Peugeot 3008 certainly doesn’t lack is storage compartments. Under the central armrest is a huge space that will easily swallow up a large water bottle, while spacious door bins provide a little bit of extra practicality. There’s even a nice, big spot for your smartphone below the infotainment.
The glovebox of the Peugeot 3008 isn’t fantastic on UK-spec right-hand-drive models, though. Peugeot didn’t go to the lengths of moving the electrical gubbins located on the left-hand side of the car for our shores, so they take up about a third of the glovebox space.
The Peugeot 3008 has one of the best boots in its class, with a healthy 520 litres on offer. That’s level with the VW Tiguan and just one litre behind the Skoda Karoq.
It’s incredibly usable, too. The boxy shape makes suitcase Tetris pretty easy (you can get seven average-sized ones in there), and the lack of a boot lip makes it effortless to slide things in and out.
If you need an extra bit of space, it’s easy to fold the seats down flat thanks to a latch located in the boot of the Peugeot 3008 that simply drops them down. Just watch you don’t trap the seatbelts when you lift them back up, as there’s nothing fixing them in place meaning it’s quite easy to get them accidentally caught behind the seats.
As far as town runarounds go, the Peugeot 3008 ticks the boxes. Just don’t expect much in the way of fun.
There’s a choice of two petrol engines, a sole diesel and two plug-in hybrid models for the Peugeot 3008
The petrol engines on offer are a 130hp 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine and a 180hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. The former can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. The 180hp versions get an automatic ‘box as standard, which offers a great blend of performance and economy without coming in at an extortionate price — though the 1.2-litre offers more than enough if you’re mostly driving around town.
The single diesel option is a 130hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine, but it’s worth a miss unless you’re covering huge amounts of motorway miles regularly.
As for the hybrids, there’s a 225hp front-wheel-drive model and a more powerful 300hp four-wheel-drive car. The latter uses an extra electric motor under the boot floor to power the rear wheels. Both come with a 13.2kWh battery and can drive for around 35 miles in pure electric mode.
Charging both using a three-pin socket will take around seven hours, but you can pay extra to fit the car with an upgraded 7.4kW charging system that’s compatible with 7.4kW wall boxes. This lets you completely charge the 3008 in around 75 minutes.
Though the hybrids do offer the added benefit of EV driving and lower fuel costs, prices range start at a touch over £37,000 and up to as much as an eye-watering £47,000 for a fully-kitted out car.
If you want something to potter around town in, the Peugeot 3008 ticks most of the boxes. Light steering makes navigating tighter roads and roundabouts effortless, plus the suspension is so good that you’ll only notice the roughest of bumps. Visibility isn’t fantastic though, thanks to giant pillars creating blind spots and a tiny rear window making it hard to see out of the back.
The Peugeot 3008 is reasonably good on the motorway, too. Even the dinky 1.2-litre offers enough power for brisk overtaking and there’s very little in the way of road noise beyond a tiny bit from the tyres and wind around the mirror.
This doesn’t put the ‘Sports’ in ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’, though, so we wouldn’t suggest going for the Peugeot 3008 if you want something that’s going to be fun when things get twistier. If that’s what you want from your small SUV, take a look at the Seat Ateca.
The interior of the Peugeot 3008 oozes style and character, with build quality just as good, but the infotainment system is average at best
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