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Review: Peugeot 3008

Review: Peugeot 3008

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The mid-size 3008 SUV debuted its second generation at the end of 2016, and particularly impressed with its classy look and interior. Can an updated version continue that upward trend, though?

Is the updated PEUGEOT 3008 worth the money?

In recent years Peugeot has truly transformed its fortunes around, no longer being classed as mainstream but now premium and upmarket, and it means that the firm’s latest models have proven to be superb choices in their class. Not least the mid-size 3008 SUV which debuted in its second generation at the end of 2016, and particularly impressed with its classy look and interior. Can an updated version continue that upward trend, though?

In this review we cover:


PEUGEOT 3008

What’s new?

Given how good the 3008 was anyway, you can forgive Peugeot for not making huge changes. Most notable, though, are the way it looks, with this SUV adopting the striking front end, frameless grille and ‘Claw’ headlights which we’ve seen on models like the 508 and 208. It also gets LED lighting, a new ‘black pack’ that helps to bring a stealthier look, as well as upgraded interior technology thanks to a larger touchscreen. 


What’s under the bonnet?

Peugeot prides itself on choice, and it’s why a range of powertrain options are available here, including petrol, diesel and two plug-in hybrids. It’s also important to note that the vast majority of models come with an automatic gearbox, with only the entry-level 128bhp petrol available with a six-speed manual option. 

Here we’re testing the top-spec ‘Hybrid4’ option, which combines a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine with twin electric motors for a combined 296bhp. It’s the only four-wheel-drive 3008 model available, and also the most powerful as well – with the model having a superb amount of punch available when required. A 36-mile electric range is impressive, too, and allows for CO2 emissions of just 29g/km. 


What’s it like to drive?

Peugeot has aimed to tread the thin line between sportiness and comfort, and it largely succeeds as the model is a comfortable cruiser, and also quite nimble on a twisty back road. The steering is also quick and responsive, and it’s generally a good all-rounder that offers minimal compromise. 

The only slight downside is the ride wasn’t the most comfortable on our test car, though it was in the sportier GT trim and with larger alloy wheels. Settling on a smaller set of alloys could improve matters. 


PEUGEOT 3008

How does it look?

Peugeot’s design language is bolder than ever, and while some might find the design a bit excessive, to our eyes, it looks fantastic, bold and modern. It really stands out on the road, particularly with the front-end that features the aforementioned frameless grille and ‘Claw’ headlights that certainly attract attention. 


What’s it like inside?

That stylish design also carried on with the interior, echoing the bold and cutting-edge design of the exterior. 

You get a cool gear shifter, along with funky toggle switches that replace traditional buttons. You also now get a larger 10-inch touchscreen and it carries on with Peugeot’s somewhat divisive i-Cockpit, which includes a digital dial screen and a small steering wheel. Some might find the wheel blocks the views of the dials at first, but some light adjustment sorts the issue out. 


PEUGEOT 3008

What’s the spec like?

The 3008’s jump upmarket means that prices aren’t the cheapest in this segment – starting from £27,160 for an Active Premium model, which features 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and a reversing camera. 

Step up to the Allure to get a larger 10-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels and additional safety kit. The Allure Premium brings keyless entry and start, blue interior lighting and aluminum roof rails. 

Sporty-looking GT models come with full LED lighting, Alcantara seats and adaptive cruise control, while the flagship GT Premium brings large 19-inch alloy wheels, a Focal sound system and a 360-degree camera, though are rather pricey at £35,260. 


Verdict

In the crowded mid-size SUV segment, the Peugeot 3008 continues to be a breath of fresh air, bringing unique style and a cool interior to this segment. It also offers a premium feel that’s knocking on the door of the upmarket German brands. 

The hybrid’s mix of performance and efficiency means it’s not style over substance, either, though cheaper petrol and diesels continue to be offered as well. If you’re considering a model in this segment, the 3008 should definitely be on your shopping list. 


New PEUGEOT 3008 SUV