Peugeot 3008 (2016-present)

The Peugeot 3008 ushers a top quality interior and advanced safety equipment into the crossover market

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Economical engines
High-tech interior
Long-term reliability

Weaknesses 

Expensive list prices
No four-wheel drive
Not everyone will get on with the seating position

The Peugeot 3008 is the French company's attempt at breaking into the premium car market. It’ll most likely be unlike any other Peugeot you’ll ever have driven, as it offers levels of quality, style, and technology, not readily available in its class.

In fact, it recently won the ‘Car of the Year’ category for Auto Express’ 2018 Driver Power survey. This means that the Peugeot 3008 has been voted as the best new car to own in Britain - a very strong accolade indeed. Although Peugeot is keen to point out that the 3008 has won another 74 gongs worldwide, too.

So it’s certainly top of its class. But what class is that? Peugeot calls it an SUV (sport-utility vehicle), but in reality, it’s more like a crossover. It’s not big and capable off-road like an SUV, but it it does blend the lofty driving position of one with the comfort and frugality of a regular family car.

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 

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 09:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
591 litres
Width: 
1841mm
Length: 
4447mm
Height: 
1615mm
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 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
  • February 2018 GT Line Premium trim level introduced 
  • April 2018 Crowned as Britain's best car to own by Auto Express' Driver Power survey 

Understanding Peugeot 3008 car names 

  • 3008
  • Trim level
    Allure
  • Engine
    1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S
  • Gearbox
    EAT6
  • 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.

Type

Official fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.2 PureTech 130

Petrol

55.0 - 51.0mpg

130hp

10.5 - 10.8sec

117mph

1.6 THP 165

Petrol

50.0 - 47.0mpg

165hp

8.9 - 9.9sec

128mph

1.6 BlueHDi 100

Diesel

71.0 - 67.0mpg

100hp

13.1 - 14.6sec

108mph

1.6 BlueHDi 120

Diesel

71.0 - 64.0mpg

120hp

11.2 - 12.7sec

115mph

2.0 BlueHDi 150

Diesel

64.0 - 60.0mpg

150hp

9.6 - 10.6sec

129mph

2.0 BlueHDi 180 auto

Diesel

59mpg

180hp

8.9 - 9.9sec

129mph

Peugeot 3008 Trims 

Active, Allure, GT Line, GT Line Premium, GT

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. Plus 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, adds expensive fripperies including sports seats, LED headlights and unique 18in alloy wheels.

Whereas GT Line Premium is supposed to be a halfway house between GT Line and GT. This level brings keyless entry, as well as a foot-operated tailgate.

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 

According to the 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the Peugeot 3008 is Britain's best car to own - and by some margin too. Owners were particularly fond of the way it looks and its build quality. Particularly, it fairs well in interior quality and comfort, and the amount of safety features it has on it.

Only 11 per cent of owners surveyed reported a fault, with electrical items probably to blame if a 3008 experiences any faults.

The new 3008 feels even better-built than the 308 it shares parts with, and if it does 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 there are already plenty of used odels to choose from.

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 have filtered down onto the used market.

2017 cars with around 17,500 miles on them are popping up at sub £19,000, a useful £2,000-3,000 saving depending on spec. Delivery mileage high spec GT Line cars are available with a similar discount.