Fully revised and totally refreshed, the new Peugeot 3008 has already made big strides over its predecessor, being praised by Auto Express for being “practical and good to drive”, and “comfortable, with a well-judged ride that’s firm enough to stop it feeling bouncy, but soft enough to glide over bumps in the road.”
The stylish new front end brings together influences from the 308 hatchback and smaller crossover entrant, the 2008, but it gets a dose of sportiness courtesy of the high-sided body and small window area.
Families will appreciate the way Peugeot has given the new 3008 SUV more space in the rear than the model it replaces, and at the same time has hiked the level of tech offered while also producing a more ‘together’ looking car than the outgoing version. The old 3008 was something of a trailblazer in the SUV arena, but as a result, didn’t truly seem to know what it wanted to be; this time around though, it seems Peugeot has really sorted the car, with the result that, according to Carbuyer.co.uk: “It has created a car that’s fun to drive, comfortable, generously equipped and shouldn’t break the bank to run.”
At the back, the old split tailgate which distinguished the previous model has been replaced by a more conventional hatchback configuration.
Other changes on the inside have resulted in it being capable of giving a comfortable ride to three rear-seat passengers, while the low boot lip and wide opening tailgate make it easy to load up. You also get a storage net so you can prevent loose items from rolling around uncontrollably in the back.
The crossover looks of the new 3008 SUV are a little deceptive, in that there’s currently no four-wheel drive version on sale. Instead Peugeot offers its Grip Control traction system, which can adjust the electronics according to the terrain, making the new 3008 SUV slightly more capable off-road than a conventional car.
All models are front-wheel drive, and engine choices comprise a 1.2 PureTech 130 petrol, a 1.6 e-THP 165 turbo petrol, 1.6 BlueHDi 100 and 120 diesels and 2.0 BlueHDi 150 and 180 diesels. Stop-start as standard on all models, while an auto gearbox is offered as an option on the 1.2 petrol and 1.6 BlueHDi 120 diesel – it’s standard with the 1.6 e-THP and 2.0 BlueHDi.
The pick of the range for the critics at Carbuyer is the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Putting out 129bhp and 230Nm of torque, there’s good pull, but the engine is also quiet at low revs, yet has enough power to make sound progress. “It’s economical enough to be a proper alternative to the diesel for those with short journeys in mind,” they reckoned.
For the best fuel economy, you should seek out the 1.6 BlueHDi diesel engine, which claims 70.6mpg and emissions of 104g/km of CO2.
Insurance groups start at 11 for the PureTech 130 Active (remember, they run from 1 to 50), and all models are in the bottom half of these classifications.
Now A Grown-Up SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 is certainly distinctive, but has successfully made the transition from MPV-style crossover to full-scale SUV.
While being impressed with the new external look, it was on the inside where the Carbuyer reviewers were really wowed. They drooled over the i-Cockpit – a feature which we spotlighted in an earlier article – highlighting its usability and the ease with which information can be read above the steering wheel.
The new 3008 SUV boasts a bigger boot than a Nissan Qashqai and plenty of space inside, while the high driving position will reward those drivers who like to be able to see all around them.
Handily, GT and GT-Line models get a wireless smartphone charger, a feature which can be added on all other models at extra cost.
Accent On Safety
The new 3008 SUV features a host of safety equipment and driver aids, including automatic emergency braking as standard. Extra kit includes blind spot detection, lane keep assist, driver attention alert and adaptive cruise control. Euro NCAP awarded the car five stars in a 2016 crash test.
To help you protect your investment, you get a standard two-year warranty, with this topped up to a third year by your local Swansway Group Peugeot dealer.