The Peugeot 3008 Compact Family SUV
The second generation, of Peugeot's successful family crossover, is here. The original 3008 was not the best looking car and was also more MPV than family SUV. Peugeot has recognised this and used their new advanced platform to design and build the 3008 to look like a genuine crossover SUV.
The new Peugeot 3008 now has a lighter chassis, stronger frame to help with stability and handling along with a longer wheelbase to give a better-proportioned car. Peugeot has also upgraded the with new high-quality interior materials and the latest technology systems.
The Compact Family SUV market is very competitive. Peugeot has worked tirelessly to ensure the 3008 is right up there, as one of the best in class. The new Peugeot 3008 offers superior looks and high-end build quality, to rival the likes of the top-selling Nissan Qashqai or the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Why do you want a family SUV? Do you want it to be spacious, easy to drive and offer a high, comfortable ride height? If so, then the Peugeot could be the car for you. If you want an SUV which excites and handles in a more aggressive, sporty way, then you're better off opting for the BMW X3 or the Audi Q3.
The 3008 is currently only available in FWD. For an SUV, this is a little disappointing. However, a plug-in hybrid version is due to be released in October and will offer AWD. The Peugeot is a great family car offering an array of engines, trim selections and optional extra's. Although, the standard kit fitted to all models is fairly extensive too.
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Peugeot Petrol and Diesel Engines – efficient and smooth
Peugeot offers a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines for the 3008, along with a choice between a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
There is a 1.2L Pure Tech 130 and a 1.6L Pure Tech 180 turbocharged petrol engine, developing 131 and 181HP respectively. The later is paired, as standard, with Peugeot's eight-speed efficient automatic transmission (EAT8).
Both engines provide punchy performance, with the aid of being turbocharged. Opting for the smaller petrol engine is useful if most of your driving is short distances, around town or doing the school run.
The two diesel engines are the 1.5L BlueHDI 130 and the 2L BlueHDI 180 matching the petrol HP's of 131 and 181. Again as with the petrol, the more powerful engine comes fitted with the EAT8, as standard. Peugeot's EAT8 works well, changing gears smoothly and seamlessly.
Both provide impressive economy figures ( 56.3 and 47.1 MPG), to place amongst the most efficient SUV in its class. The smaller of the two diesel engines is probably the best all-round choice. It is likely to be the most popular, due to offering the best all-round performance. If you are thinking of using the 3008 to tow, then the more powerful diesel engine is the one for you, with a tow weight of 2000kg.
Innovative Peugeot i-Cockpit leads the way
Peugeot began introducing their i-cockpit back in 2012. Since then, it has advanced and revolutionised the Peugeot car interior by focusing on the driving environment. This is to give you control and a greater connection to the road. The second-generation 3008 receives all of the latest software and digital advancements, with the latest i-cockpit.
As standard, you get a fully configurable 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. It is 100% digital and customizable, to suit the driver's needs, with various display modes. A compact multi-function steering wheel, slightly smaller than the previous model and re-designed shape. This allows for better visibility of the vehicle instruments and also improves ease of steering, especially when manoeuvering in small spaces or around town. It also comes in leather as standard. You also get an 8-inch, colour touchscreen, with bright graphics. Along with an array of accessible features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, along with automatic dual-zone climate control. The Capacitive touchscreen is one of the best on the market.
All Peugeot 3008 models come with the above i-Cockpit styling and technical features. The entry trim is the Active, which includes 17-inch wheels, aluminium roof bars. The standard kit includes DAB radio, automatic headlights and rear parking sensors.
As the trim level increases, so does the basic level of kit, including 18 or 19-inch wheels, sat-nav and Peugeot's Safety plus pack.
The 3008 scored the top 5-star rating in its most recent Euro NCAP crash testing. All 3008 models come with distance alert system, V-AEB (automatic emergency braking system), lane departure warning system and traffic sign recognition. All, except the base models, get the Safety Plus Package, which adds a host of extra safety features like active blindspot detection (ABSD). Peugeot also has the optional 'Advanced Grip Control' feature. This acts as a traction control system and also incorporates a new Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC), for the very first time.
Space and Practicality
The Peugeot 3008 is very practical and will comfortably fit five adults inside. There is a variety of storage areas, of varying shapes and sizes, throughout the cabin. One note of caution is that if you opt for the glass-roof, you lose a bit of headroom, as such taller occupants may find this uncomfortable. The rear doors open wide, giving excellent access to children and car seats. The Nissan Qashqai and SEAT Ateca both offer more significant space, for passengers in the back.
The boot features an adjustable level floor, which at its lowest setting achieves an impressive 591-litres, making it one of the largest in its class. Set the floor to the highest level, and you still get 520-litres. This is even more impressive when you compare to the rival SEAT Ateca, which only manages 510 litres maximum.
Is a Peugeot 3008 a good buy?
The Peugeot 3008 is one of the best looking family SUV's currently on the market. It is stylish and sporty in appearance. The interior design is pure quality and up at the top of its class. The dashboard is modern and contemporary, with soft-touch plastics, adding a premium brand finish.
The 3008 is a car for those who enjoy cruising endless miles in comfort, taking in gorgeous countryside scenery. It wants you to enjoy yourself, your journey and make you feel as fresh when you get out as you did when you got in.
With pricing starting at a little over £25,000, increasing to nearly £40,000, it is certainly not cheap. With additional extras, it could come closer to £45-50k. Even with this rather high price tag, you do get a large amount of standard equipment across the various trim levels. Whereas many of these would be extra's in competitor models. The choice is yours, but if you are in the market for a family SUV, then the Peugeot 3008 is most certainly a strong contender.