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Summary

The mid-size crossover and SUV class continues to be as popular as ever, and Peugeot’s bold 3008 brings extra flair to this segment. But is it worth choosing?

Pros 

  • Striking design

  • High-quality interior 

  • Plenty of equipment included

Cons 

  • Funky cabin design isn’t the easiest to use

  • Small steering wheel won’t suit everybody 

  • Touchscreen can be fiddly at first

Model review

The mid-size family SUV segment is undoubtedly one of the toughest to compete in, with the huge range of models on offer including best-selling cars like the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson. 

This puts pressure on manufacturers to make their cars stand out from the crowd – and that’s exactly what Peugot’s second-generation 3008 does. Bringing bold styling and a dramatic new interior, this new crossover signalled a change for the French manufacturer as it moved its cars upmarket – something that’s continued ever since. 

Latest model

While a facelifted Peugeot 3008 is on the way shortly, the outgoing car is still impressive and feels fresher inside than plenty of its rivals. 

Arriving in showrooms in 2017, the latest 3008 was a huge step up from its predecessor, with an almost unrecognisable design inside and out, as well as being a far more tech-focused offering. It introduced the full version of the firm’s ‘i-Cockpit’, which brings full 12.3-inch digital dials as standard – the first car in its class to come with this. 

Later down the line Peugeot would introduce a new high-spec GT Line Premium trim level, while the brand would also introduce a pair of plug-in hybrid powertrains in 2019.

Driving feel

The 3008 ticks all the right boxes for a family SUV. It offers the all-important high ride height, and it’s a comfortable ride. It’s also very easy to drive, with good visibility.

This Peugeot isn’t the sportiest car in this segment – the softer suspension setup means it leans through corners a bit more than the Seat Ateca. However, its small and nifty steering wheel helps the 3008 to feel quite agile, as does its sharp handling.

A good choice of powertrains, whether it’s petrol, diesel or hybrid, also adds to the appeal. 

Looks and image

Peugeot was certainly brave with the 3008’s styling, as it’s a brilliantly unique model that stands out on the road. With its intricate front grille, 3D-effect rear lights and two-tone colour combination (offered on all models containing a ‘GT’ badge), this SUV has more style than most. 

That impressive design is also carried over to the cabin. That’s thanks to the small steering wheel, superb 12.3-inch digital dial system (which can be configured to show a range of displays) and cool switches that feel like they’ve been lifted straight out of an aircraft. A range of materials used throughout help to give this Peugeot a really upmarket feel, such as metal switches and fabric on the dashboard.

Space 

You might expect the 3008 to focus on style over practicality – but that’s far from the truth. In fact, this Peugeot’s 520-litre boot is one of the largest in its segment, while rear seats that fold flat increase the room on offer to 1,482 litres. 

Rear space is also plentiful, with two adults being treated to plenty of headroom and legroom in the back – though some might find the cabin a touch more cramped than in rivals like the Seat Ateca. 

Engines and running costs

Whether you’re looking for a petrol, diesel or hybrid the 3008 has plenty to offer. 

Petrol options consist of a well-rounded 129bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol, available with a six-speed manual or smooth eight-speed automatic, or a more powerful 178bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol that comes with an automatic transmission instead. 

If you fancy a diesel, there’s a 128bhp 1.5-litre unit (sold as both a manual or automatic) or a 175bhp 2.0-litre option that just comes with an automatic gearbox. 

As for hybrids, both models use a 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to a 13.2kWh battery and electric motor, with the standard front-wheel-drive version producing 222bhp in total. However, an additional electric motor on the rear axle on the more powerful model means it produces 296bhp, while also being four-wheel-drive. The hybrid models are the quickest in the range, and can travel for up to 40 miles on electricity.

As for running costs, the hybrids will be the cheapest to run, but you pay a heavy premium to have them in the first place. Therefore a standard petrol or diesel could be a better option for some. The diesels will return up to around a claimed 56mpg, though even the 1.2-litre petrol is good on fuel – with Peugeot claiming you can expect 47.2mpg. 

Powertrains

  • 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol (129bhp)

  • 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol (178bhp)

  • 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel (129bhp)

  • 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel (175bhp)

  • 1.6-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid (222bhp)

  • 1.6-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid (296bhp)

Rivals

  • Ford Kuga

  • Honda CR-V

  • Hyundai Tucson

  • Kia Sportage

  • Mazda CX-5

  • Renault Kadjar

  • Seat Ateca

  • Skoda Karoq

  • Toyota RAV4

  • Volkswagen Tiguan

Trim levels

You’ll find 5 well-equipped grades offered on the 3008, with kit highlights as follows. 

Active

  • Autonomous emergency braking

  • Lane departure warning

  • Dual-zone climate control 

  • 7-inch touchscreen

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • Automatic lights and wipers

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror

  • Digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster

Allure (in addition to Active) - from £422 per month with Smart Lease

  • Peugeot Connect SOS emergency assistance

  • Blind spot monitoring

  • Lane keep assist

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Tinted windows

  • Front and rear parking sensors

  • Auto folding door mirrors

  • Reversing camera

  • Keyless entry and start

  • Satellite navigation

GT Line (in addition to Allure)

  • Self levelling headlights

  • Wireless smartphone charging plate

  • LED interior lighting 

  • LED headlights with sequential indicators

  • LED fog lights

  • Black roof

GT Line Premium (in addition to GT Line)

  • Electric boot

  • 19-inch alloy wheels

  • Panoramic sunroof

  • Heated front seats

  • Massaging driver’s seat

GT (in addition to GT Line Premium)

  • Adaptive cruise control 

  • 360-degree camera system

  • Focal sound system

  • Leather upholstery

  • Electric driver’s seat with memory functions

The Peugeot 3008 is now available in the Smart Lease range for a limited time from £422 per month. Click here for details.

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