Peugeot 3008: road test

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by James Luckhurst

The best-driving car Peugeot has yet produced, and it’s practical, too.

Peugeot 3008: road test

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What is it?
A French interpretation of a stylish modern SUV. The most successful example yet of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit driving position.

How safe is it?
Five-star rated by Euro NCAP. There are six airbags, and automatic emergency braking to guard against you hitting a vehicle that suddenly stops ahead.

Who should buy one?
A family driver who wants some enjoyment while keeping the kids safe and comfortable in the back, as well as carrying all their kit in a largish boot.

Road test by Sue Baker 6 February 2017

 

 

DRIVING AND PERFORMANCE
Peugeot 3008: road test
One of the best things about the new 3008 is the way it drives, with a distinct leap forward over its predecessor. It has a friendly, focused feel behind the wheel that is more engaging than you might expect of an elevated SUV. If not at the top of its class for driveability, it comes pretty close.
With a 1.2 litre, 128bhp petrol engine that will be the choice of many private buyers, the car is perky and a strong performer, it doesn’t feel underpowered as you might expect of such a modest motor in a biggish car. Our test car’s 1.6 litre, 120bhp diesel unit is arguably the best option, with its combination of flexibility, strong pull through the gears and good economy. It is well up to the job of hauling a vehicle weighing 1,300kg.
The 3008 handles very tidily, without much body roll on the bends, and with a grippy and engaging feel on a twisty country back road. Ride quality is well-judged for the kind of car it is, likely to be a family transporter with a bias towards comfort over sporty cornering. Even so, there’s enough tactile feedback to engage a keen driver while keeping the equilibrium of any passengers. Perhaps surprisingly, the car rides on quite big wheels as standard kit, with 19-inch rims. Often in other cars this can mean a hard unyielding ride, but not this time.
General noise levels are fairly subdued, you aren’t particularly aware of the engine doing its work, and wind noise is minimal apart from a bit of bluster around the door mirrors at motorway pace. There is some mild road rumble over a coarse surface, but it isn’t too obtrusive. The overall impression is of a well-engineered, likeable car to drive and travel in.

SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
Peugeot 3008: road test

Like other SUVs, the 3008 has elevated seating that gives everyone a good view out of the car. That’s particularly helpful with small children who may be prone to motion sickness.
Space-wise, the 3008 is well-endowed, with ample headroom all round, even for tall passengers, and pretty decent legroom including in the back seats. Boot space is excellent for the car’s overall size, with 591 litres available back there when all five seats are in place, extendable to a generous maximum of 1,670 litres with the rear seats folded down. The boot sill is at a sensible level, lower than that of some comparable SUVs, and so quite convenient for lifting in heavy items without a stretch.
There are plenty of useful cubbyholes around the cabin for stowing minor items, including a particularly useful deep compartment under the centre armrest in the front of the car. The glovebox, though, is a bit on the small side.

SAFETY
Peugeot 3008: road test

The car comes six airbags. Automatic emergency city braking is standard across the range, and is part of the safety provision that has earned the 3008 a high five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests. All but base trim models have blind spot monitoring, active lane keeping, speed limit recognition and a driver attention monitor to warn if you’re becoming distracted or fatigued at the wheel.

EQUIPMENT
Peugeot 3008: road test

Standard kit includes the digital i-Cockpit that gives the dashboard such a modern look. All versions come with standard dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, an eight-inch touchscreen in the dash, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink connectivity. Allure trim adds satnav, front parking sensors, auto headlights and a folding front passenger seat.

COSTS

Peugeot 3008: road test

The Peugeot looks a little on the pricey side, but that is balanced out by its being better equipped than others. The 1.2-litre petrol models look the best value, priced from just over £21,000, and with modest running costs and 65mpg economy on the combined cycle. Diesel models start from around £22,200 and the most frugal have an official average fuel figure of just over 74mpg.

WE SAY
The best-driving car Peugeot has yet produced, and it’s practical, too.

AT A GLANCE:
Price: £27,345
Performance: 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds
Economy: 70.6mpg combined
Insurance: Group 18
Tax: £140 first year and standard

Figures for 3008 GT Line Blue HDi 120

Road test by Sue Baker