Peugeot 3008 (2016-present)

The Peugeot 3008 brings advanced equipment and a hi-tech interior to the family crossover market

Strengths & Weaknesses


Stylish for a crossover
Economical engines
Hi-tech interior


Mixed range of engines
Expensive list prices
No four-wheel drive

The Peugeot 3008 is an all-new car that's unrecogniseable from the old 3008 people carrier that it replaces. In fact, it's unlike any other Peugeot you'll ever have driven, offering a level of quality, style and technology that's unique in its class.

Peugeot calls the 3008 a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) but it's really a crossover, which successfully blends the comfortable ride and good fuel economy of a family car with the higher driving position and increased practicality of an off-road vehicle.

From certain angles, the exterior of the car looks similar to more expensive and upmarket models such as the Range Rover Evoque or Jaguar F-Pace. Inside, there's more slick design with a dashboard that Peugeot calls i-Cockpit. Instead of dials behind the steering wheel, there's a screen that comes as standard, displaying a virtual speedometer and a range of information that you can choose, including a rev counter or sat-nav directions.

On all but the cheapest versions, the middle of the dashboard has a touchscreen that responds to touches as quickly as a decent smartphone. This sits above a row of chunky metal toggle switches that are nicely cool to the touch. You won't find such a hi-tech, luxurious interior in any of the 3008's close rivals, including the  Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, Renault Kadjar and Kia Sportage. The soft-touch materials and sense of quality rival the Volkswagen Tiguan and Land Rover Discovery Sport - even the automatic gearlever wouldn't look out of place in a BMW.

It is reflected in the price: the list price of the 3008 is higher than a Qashqai or Kadjar, although recent Peugeot 3008 offers have pushed the cost of cheapest versions to under £20,000. For the price of the more expensive models, you could have an Audi Q3 or BMW X1 and the Peugeot doesn't quite match their standard - there are a few cheap-feeling switches towards the bottom of the dashboard, and some dashboard fittings didn't line up with the door trims as they should have done on one of the cars that we tested.

The 3008 has been designed for relaxing driving. It's comfortable, smooth and quiet on motorway journeys, remaining steady if you turn into corners quickly without too much leaning. Despite its size, it feels nimble because the 3008 changes direction sharply - that sense is enhanced by the small steering wheel, which is meant to make the car feel more agile.

The set-up gives you a sense of confidence that you're completely in control, even if the light steering feels a bit disconnected from the front wheels. Most drivers won't find it an issue in a family car, but the Mazda CX-5, Seat Ateca and Mini Countryman give you more of a feel of how much the front wheels are turning, and how much grip they have, which makes them more fun to drive and enables you to corner with extra precision.

Despite its chunky looks, the 3008 doesn't come with four-wheel drive because it's not designed for tough off-roading. It is fitted with a system called grip control, which can help prevent the wheels slipping on low-grip surfaces, such as ice, snow or mud. It's effective at preventing the wheels spinning in a wet field or on a snowy road, and is likely to be all that most drivers will need, even though it's not quite as effective as proper four-wheel drive. 

Inside, the car is as practical as a big 4x4, though, with plenty of space for two large adults to sit in the back. The 520-litre boot is what you'd expect of a crossover this size, and considerably larger than the 430 litres in the Nissan Qashqai. Fold the seats down and there’s 1670 litres to play with. For more space, the Peugeot 5008 is a larger version of this car, with seven seats.

The best engine if you’re a low-mileage driver, is the 1.2-litre petrol. It’s smooth, eager, economical and inexpensive. If your driving takes you farther afield, then the more economical, mid-power, 1.6-litre diesel with 120 horsepower, which is fairly quiet and all that you'll need to glide around wih the rest of the traffic.

The car was awarded the full five stars by Euro NCAP and standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors and Lane Departure Assist, as well as Isofix points for safely mounting child seats.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:00

Key facts 

3 years
Boot size: 
591 litres
Tax (min to max): 
£140 to £200 in first year, £140 thereafter Pre April 2017: £20 to £130 per year

Best Peugeot 3008 for... 

Peugeot 3008 Active 1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S
It’s a close-run thing between this and the more powerful 1.6 BlueHDi 120. Actually, we’d take the 120 over it because it’s the more rounded engine but since economy is the priority here, the 100 takes the tape – just.
Peugeot 3008 Allure 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S
This is where the 1.6 BlueHDi120 shines. It offers a family friendly blend of power and economy, while Allure trim has the all-important sat nav and is not too expensive.
Peugeot 3008 GT 2.0 BlueHDi 180 S&S EAT6
This powerful diesel engine shows just how far diesel engines have come in terms of outright performance. Its in-gear acceleration, as opposed to the traditional 0-60mph measure, is outstanding and leaves the most powerful petrol, the 1.6 THP 165, trailing.
Peugeot 3008 GT 1.6 THP 165 S&S EAT6
With such a strong diesel in the range (the 2.0 BlueHDi 180) it’s no surprise this thirsty petrol is relegated to ‘One to avoid’. It might be as quick from 0-60mph but between times, when you need to overtake, for example, it’s left wanting.

Peugeot 3008 History 

  • January 2017 Peugeot 3008 arrives in Britain

Understanding Peugeot 3008 car names 

  • 3008
  • Trim level
  • Engine
    1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S
  • Gearbox
  • Trim level
    This indicates the level of standard equipment you can expect to find in the car. There are four trim levels ranging from ‘basic’ Active, through Allure and GT-Line to GT.
  • Engine
    Peugeot 3008 engines are identified by their size in litres (here it's 1.6). The next sequence of letters indicate the fuel that it uses. The most efficient petrol engines are badged PureTech. Other petrol cars have the e-THP label. Dieel engines are called BlueHDi. The following number (120) is the power of the engine in horsepower and S&S refers to the engine’s stop and start function, an automatic system that automatically stops and restarts the engine, for example when you’re waiting at traffic lights
  • Gearbox
    The 3008 has a manual gearbox with six gears as standard but there’s an optional automatic gearbox available, too, called the EAT6 (Efficient Automatic Transmission 6).

Peugeot 3008 Engines 

Petrol: 1.2 PureTech, 1.6 THP Diesel: 1.6 BlueHDi 100, 1.6 BlueHDi 120, 2.0 BlueHDi 150, 2.0 BlueHDi 180

The 1.2 PureTech 130 is the cheapest engine in the 3008 range but the most rewarding to drive because it remains smooth, even when revved. It's turbocharged, which provides extra power that makes the engine feel bigger, without having a devastating impact on fuel economy. If you’re a low-mileage driver or your budget is tight, it’s the obvious choice.

This 1.2 is the reason you should ignore the larger 1.6 THP 165 petrol. It’s increasingly difficult to make a case for larger petrol engines like this when modern diesels are so good. What’s more, it’s only available with the automatic gearbox, which just makes it even more expensive.

Of the diesels, the low-powered 1.6 BlueHDi 100 is best ignored. It’s slower but barely more economical than the 1.6 BlueHDI 120. This last engine will be the most popular: it pulls well, it’s economical and cheap to tax, and it’s available with a manual or automatic gearbox.

Its bigger brother, the 2.0 BlueHDi 150, is a lot more powerful. It’s a great choice if you regularly travel fully loaded or cover lots of motorway miles. Economy in the mid 60s is reasonable, too. The most powerful diesel, the 2.0 BlueHDi180, is the performance choice. But there’s a price: its economy isn’t that impressive and it’s only available with an automatic gearbox.


Official fuel economy


Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.2 PureTech 130


55.0 - 51.0mpg


10.5 - 10.8sec


1.6 THP 165


50.0 - 47.0mpg


8.9 - 9.9sec


1.6 BlueHDi 100


71.0 - 67.0mpg


13.1 - 14.6sec


1.6 BlueHDi 120


71.0 - 64.0mpg


11.2 - 12.7sec


2.0 BlueHDi 150


64.0 - 60.0mpg


9.6 - 10.6sec


2.0 BlueHDi 180 auto




8.9 - 9.9sec


Peugeot 3008 Trims 

Active, Allure, GT Line, GT-Line

The 3008 line-up begins with Active trim. This has the virtual iCockpit with a 12.3-inch high-definition instrument display but no sat nav, so there’s no accompanying touchscreen display as there is on higher trims. Active lacks Grip Control, too, a feature that optimises the traction of both front wheels. However, it does have Active Safety Brake, rear parking sensors and Lane Departure Assist. All this and alloy wheels, a DAB digital radio and air-conditioning.

It doesn’t quite play to the 3008’s stylistic strengths, though, so if you can, go for Allure spec. This does have a sat nav and touchscreen display, as well as much more attractive cabin finishes. It makes the most sense. GT-Line, the next trim in the range, simply adds expensive fripperies including sports seats, LED headlights and unique 18in alloy wheels.

Expensive, top-spec GT trim tips the 3008 uncomfortably into expensive, premium-badge territory with wider wheelarches, 19in alloys, additional driver assist features, oak veneers, nappa leather and a panoramic glass roof. It’s best avoided.

Peugeot 3008 Reliability and warranty 

In the 2016 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the old Peugeot 3008 ranked a middling 90 out of 150 cars for reliability. The new 3008 has to do better than that if it is to compete with those SUVs such as the Audi Q3, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 that it has in its sights.

It's too early to give a definitive verdict, but Peugeot does appear to have made improvement: the 3008 shares mechanical parts with the Peugeot 308 hatchback, which was 62nd in the survey.

The new 3008 feels even better-built than the 308, but the hi-tech dashboard means that there's plenty that could go wrong: you'll be protected in the first three years by the car's standard warranty.

Used Peugeot 3008 

The first brand new Peugeot 3008s arrived in Britain at the beginning of 2017, so it will be some time until the car's price falls to bargain levels.

But there are likely to be cut-price nearly-new versions available within months. Despite the strong push upmarket, buyers aren't as willing to pay as much of a premium for a Peugeot badge as a BMW, for example, so the high lit price of the car was heavily discounted as soon as it went on sale. Those reductions will filter down onto the used market.