Review: Peugeot 3008 (2009 – 2017)
Practical cabin and spacious boot. Split tailgate is a nice touch. Comfortable and easy to drive.
Hybrid4 model is expensive. Some elements of the cabin are showing their age. Infotainment system could be better.
Peugeot 3008 (2009 – 2017): At A Glance
With its blend of crossover and MPV styling, its space-age cabin and some nice high-tech features there is a lot to like about the Peugeot 3008. It’s practical, too, with space for a family and their luggage. It’s not without its problems, though - the infotainment system is showing its age and driving dynamics aren’t up to the standard of rivals from the likes of Ford.
The engine range is broad but the diesel versions offer the best blend of performance and economy. The most frugal model (aside from the hybrid) is the 115PS HDi with the EGC automatic gearbox. However, this is a slow-witted and jerky automatic - the manual version is a better bet. There’s also a diesel-hybrid model, which offers low emissions of 88g/km, but is expensive at more than £27,000 new.
Practicality is good. The back row of seats offers a generous amount of head and leg room, plus there is a capacious boot with a volume of 512 litres - or 1604 litres with the seats folded. There’s a split tailgate, the bottom of half of which folds down into what can be used as a bench seat for picnics. There’s a false boot floor to hide valuables and the load deck is flat - handy for heavier items.
The 3008 is easy to drive and offers a good degree of comfort on the road. The suspension is soft over speed bumps and potholes, while wind and tyre noise are both well suppressed. Fortunately the soft suspension doesn't equate to poor handling and there's not too much body roll, although the steering lacks feel and feedback. A Ford C-MAX is better to drive, but it costs more and lacks the pseudo-SUV styling of the 3008.
Standard equipment is good and upper models get nice extras like a colour head-up display, which gives the classy dashboard some extra style. Paired with a good level of comfort and plenty of practicality, the 3008 has a lot going for it. It has its flaws, but for many buyers these will be easy to overlook.
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Peugeot 3008 (2009 – 2017): What's It Like Inside?
The interesting exterior styling continues in the cabin of the Peugeot 3008. The dashboard is smartly laid out with some aircraft cockpit inspired touches, especially on upper trim grades, which get a snazzy-looking colour head-up display. The gear lever is mounted high up with an electronic parking brake behind it, freeing up space for a deep storage bin.
The infotainment screen rises up out of the dashboard top in a theatrical flourish, but the system itself isn’t very easy to use - the controls are fiddly and the navigation system doesn’t accept full UK postcodes. The volume control has been designed for left-hand drive cars, so you have to reach quite far to turn the sound up and down. The glovebox suffers for the right-hand drive conversion too, with half of its capacity taken over by the fusebox.
There’s also an intrusive traffic announcement system that comes on at every opportunity. It can be turned off, of course, but the command to do it is buried behind several settings menus.
The back row is spacious enough for two adults to sit in comfort, with plenty of head room - though knee room is less generous. The middle seat is a little tighter, but it’s fine for short trips or smaller children. The boot offers a useful 512 litres of space with the seats in place and there is a neat split tailgate, with the bottom half folding down flat. This is handy for loading bulky items and it doubles as a seat for picnics.
The load deck is quite high though, which could pose problems for dog owners or for loading particularly heavy items. Folding the rear seats forward liberates more space - up to 1604 litres. There are some nice practical touches like a false floor that can be set at three heights, which is great for dividing up the boot when travelling or shopping. Another nifty feature is a courtesy light that can be removed and used as a torch.
Access models get 17-inch alloy wheels, clother interior trim, electric parking brake, hill assist, electronic front and rear windows, LED running lights, LED indicators and rear lights, tyre pressure monitor, air conditioning, Bluetooth and USB connection.
Active trim adds colour coded exterior trim details, 'Adventure Pack' exterior styling, leather steering wheel cover, under seat storage, height adjustable passenger seat, rear parking sensor, dynamic roll control (2.0 HDi), front fog lights, auto head lights, auto wipers, an auto dimming rear view mirror and electric folding door mirrors.
Allure adds aluminium exterior details, 18-inch alloy wheels, front parking aid, reversing camera, parking space measurement system, navigation, head up display, two-zone climate control, panoramic glass roof and second row sun visor curtains.
Crossway gets Crossway interior and exterior styling plus xenon headlights.
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What's the Peugeot 3008 (2009 – 2017) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.2 VTi Puretech to 2.0 HDi Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 28–64 mpg
Peugeot offers two 1.6-litre petrol engines in for the 3008, the first with 120PS and another with 156PS. These are fine for town driving but most buyers will appreciate the extra torque and lower fuel consumption of a diesel 3008. There are three to choose from, with outputs of between 115PS and 163PS, plus a diesel hybrid model with 200PS.
The hybrid is the most powerful car in the 3008 range, but it's also the most efficient. Emissions are 88g/km and official economy is 83.1mpg, so it qualifies for free annual VED. It has all-wheel drive, with an electric motor powering the rear wheels and the diesel engine power the front wheels. However, it’s not really designed for off roading and it is also very expensive.
Buyers are better off with the 1.6-litre 115PS or 2.0-litre 150PS HDi diesel engines. Despite offering the lowest power output of any model in the range, the 115PS diesel will be fine for many owners. It has enough torque for motorway sliproads, plus it’s economical with an official figure of 58.9 mpg and emissions of 125g/km.
The more powerful 2.0 HDi 150PS engine is better suited to long haul work - those who cover distance on the motorway will appreciate the extra refinement and torque. Those who want an automatic should choose the 163PS diesel, which uses a traditional automatic transmission instead of the jerky automated manual in the 115PS automatic.
The 3008 has been designed with comfort in mind as oppose to sharp handling. The suspension does a good job of absorbing lumps and bumps, while refinement is good. Wind and road noise is kept at bay and the controls are lightly weighted and well placed for a relaxing drive. The 3008 uses an electronic handbrake but it’s impressively unobtrusive, plus there is hill-hold assist to make life easier.
Surprisingly, despite the comfort-oriented set up, there’s little in the way of body roll. Through corners and turns the 3008 is neat and predictable, but it’s not the last word in driver enjoyment due to ponderous, numb steering which doesn’t inspire much confidence when pressing on at speed - though it’s fine in town.
|1.2 Puretech||54–58 mpg||10.8 s||120–123 g/km|
|1.2 VTi Puretech||54 mpg||10.8 s||120 g/km|
|1.6 Blue HDi 120||66–69 mpg||12.0–12.4 s||108–113 g/km|
|1.6 e-HDi EGC||58–67 mpg||14.0 s||110–127 g/km|
|1.6 HDi||53–69 mpg||12.0–13.6 s||108–137 g/km|
|1.6 HDi Automatic||66 mpg||12.4 s||112 g/km|
|1.6 HDi EGC||58 mpg||12.2–14.0 s||129–130 g/km|
|1.6 THP||40–42 mpg||8.9 s||154–167 g/km|
|1.6 THP Automatic||37 mpg||9.3 s||178–182 g/km|
|1.6 VTi||40–42 mpg||11.8 s||155–162 g/km|
|2.0 Blue HDi 150||67 mpg||9.7 s||109 g/km|
|2.0 HDi||52–67 mpg||9.7–13.6 s||109–142 g/km|
|2.0 HDi Automatic||44–51 mpg||10.2 s||145–169 g/km|
|Hybrid||71–86 mpg||8.5 s||85–104 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Peugeot 3008 (2009 – 2017)
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