Review: Peugeot 3008 (2017)
Well-finished, stylish cabin. Well-equipped as standard. Full-colour digital instruments on all models.
No basic trim level. Panoramic roof eats into cabin headroom.
Peugeot 3008 (2017): At A Glance
- New prices start from £24,109, brokers can source from £21,562
- Contract hire deals from £211.19 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 11–24
- On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure
The Peugeot 3008 is practical, good to drive, comfortable and packed with high-tech equipment. It's also one of the best large crossovers on sale, which is saying something given the strength of the competition.
The interior is stylish and modern with neat details, plus it uses high quality materials, giving it an upmarket feel. It's a huge improvement on the previous 3008. There is enough room in the back row for adults to sit in comfort and the boot is generous at 520 litres, slightly more than alternatives like the SEAT Ateca.
The 1.2 Puretech petrol engine is very impressive and ideal if you're not going to be doing big miles. However, our pick of the original range was the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 120PS with official economy of 70.6mpg. (Now improved to the 1.5 BlueHDI 130). In real life you're more likely to see around 55mpg which is still pretty good. It’s smooth, quiet and powerful enough for all kinds of driving, plus it is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed EAT6 auto. The 1.5 BlueHDI can be ordered with the outstanding 8-speed EAT8 that in our hands averaged over 50mpg for over 10,000 miles.
On the road the 3008 impresses with its quiet cabin, neat handling and good ride quality. There’s plenty of traction despite the lack of an all-wheel drive version and body roll is well-controlled through corners. It’s also available with useful convenience features like adaptive cruise control that stops and starts in traffic jams.
Peugeot has foregone the basic Access specification for the 3008, instead offering all cars with a generous level of standard equipment including a fully-digital instrument binnacle, like the Audi Virtual Cockpit, plus a touchscreen with Android/Apple smartphone mirroring. Autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning are standard too.
Prices are slightly higher than its rivals, but the extra money buys some worthwhile gear – particularly the beautiful, clear digital instrument binnacle. The good level of equipment and stylish cabin make the 3008 stand out, plus driving dynamics and refinement are excellent.
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Peugeot 3008 (2017): What's It Like Inside?
- Euro NCAP rating of five stars
The interior is the most impressive part of the 3008. The centre console is laid out in a modern and stylish way while the material quality is very impressive. All models come with a fully digital dashboard, like the Audi Virtual Cockpit, plus there is a touchscreen system with smartphone mirroring as standard.
Peugeot has stuck with a small steering wheel for the 3008, but it is much improved over the 308 and 208. In both of those cars the wheel would, for many drivers, be at its most comfortable in a position where it obscured the instruments. In the 3008 this is much less likely, although some drivers still might struggle to get it just so.
Space is generous, with plenty of room in the back row for adults to sit. That said, opting for the panoramic sunroof eats substantially into head room, so for taller people it’s best avoided. The boot is 520 litres and, if the false floor is at its highest, the deck is flat. It is high, like in all crossovers, so lifting heavy items in can be tricky.
If the headrests are down, the middle row of seats flops forward at the pull of a lever, expanding boot capacity to 1670 litres, which is plenty for flat pack furniture or trips to a garden centre. Under the boot floor is a space-saver spare wheel, standard across all variants, along with some hidey holes to keep valuables hidden from prying eyes.
The glovebox is, in typical French car style, only half useful in UK cars, because the fusebox occupies much of the space inside. However there is a large central storage bin between the seats with masses of room, enough for drinks bottles or an iPad. Other generic tablets are available. There is also an optional wireless charging pad (standard on higher trims) that is big enough even for huge ‘phablets’ like the Samsung Galaxy Note.
The 3008 has a very generous level of standard specification, including two-zone climate control, a touchscreen system with smartphone mirroring, DAB radio, an electric parking brake, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB socket, three 12V outputs, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning – plus a full-colour, digital instrument binnacle.
Standard Equipment (from launch):
Active has 17-inch alloy wheels, auto lights, auto wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, reversing sensors, lane departure warning, auto emergency braking, touchscreen system, smartphone mirroring, DAB radio, fully-digital instrument binnacle, driver attention alert system, Bluetooth connection, cruise control and a speed limiter.
Allure adds active blind spot detection, lane keep assistance, advanced driver attention alert, auto-dipping headlights, reversing camera, leather effect upholstery, navigation system with TomTom live updates (3 year subscription) voice recognition plus 18-inch alloy wheels.
GT Line comes with “Amplify” mood system, with alternate lighting and fragrances, GT Line interior and exterior details, wireless smartphone charger, full-LED headlights and LED scrolling indicators.
GT adds adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and push button start, smart electric tailgate with handsfree opening, GT interior and exterior details, massaging, electrically adjusted driver’s seat, heated front seats, Nappa leather, panoramic glass roof along with 19-inch alloy wheels.
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What's the Peugeot 3008 (2017) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.2 Puretech Automatic to 2.0 BlueHDi 180 EAT6
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 29–62 mpg
The basic 1.2-litre PureTech petrol might sound too small for a car like the 3008, but with 130PS on tap it’s not bad at all. The fact it's turbocharged means not only is it quiet, but it produces enough torque to get past slow movers.
It's great for around town and comes with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The other petrol choice is a 1.6 THP with a power output of 165PS, but only available with a six-speed auto. It's quick but also thirsty so best avoided.
If you're going to be covering long distances in your 3008 then the 1.6 BlueHDi is the best choice. It's available in two versions - 100PS and 120PS. The lesser powered model only has a five-speed manual and comes in basic Active trim, so we'd go for the 120PS. It blends low running costs and ample performance.
Fuel economy is 70.6mpg, according to the official figures at least - you're likely to see around 55mpg in real life. Yet it has a decent amount of shove low down the rev range. This means overtaking and short slip roads aren’t a challenge. It’s quiet and smooth, plus it is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, the latter of which is very relaxing to drive.
The 2.0 BlueHDi diesel also comes in two versions - 150PS or 180PS - but while it's quicker (as you'd expect), it's hard to justify the additional cost and slightly poorer refinement, especially given how good the 1.6 BlueHDi is.
The driving experience is very good, regardless of engine choice. The controls are nicely weighted and, thanks to the colour fully-digital instruments, important information like speed is clear and easy to read. The high driving position provides a good view forward, yet the 3008 doesn’t feel particularly large or unwieldy around town.
The steering is light but precise while comfort levels are impressive, even over poorly-surfaced country roads. The 3008 does lean a little in corners but it grips very well despite the lack of any all-wheel drive variants. If you do need some extra capability, Grip Control is optional and increases traction on slippery or loose surfaces, sending power to whichever front wheel has the best traction.
Even the entry-level model comes with cruise control, speed limit recognition, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking, so the 3008 is ideal for long journeys. But for motorway driving we’d recommend the Allure variant, which gains active lane keeping to help steer the car within its lane. There’s also an adaptive cruise control system, though it is optional except on top GT variants.
This has a party trick when paired to an automatic transmission, in that it will stop automatically in traffic jams and then, with a dab of the throttle, start again and follow the car ahead. In a frustrating early-morning motorway jam it’s a real bonus, making what would otherwise be an annoying experience almost bearable.
|1.2 Puretech||53–55 mpg||10.8 s||117 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 130||54 mpg||9.5 s||117 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech 130 EAT8||54 mpg||9.7 s||118–120 g/km|
|1.2 Puretech Automatic||54 mpg||10.5 s||120 g/km|
|1.5 BlueHDi 130||67–69 mpg||10.8 s||106–108 g/km|
|1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT8||69–71 mpg||11.5 s||105–107 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 100||71 mpg||13.1 s||103 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120||67–71 mpg||11.2–11.6 s||104–108 g/km|
|1.6 BlueHDi 120 Automatic||67 mpg||11.6 s||108 g/km|
|1.6 e-THP||49 mpg||8.9 s||129 g/km|
|1.6 e-THP Automatic||49 mpg||8.9 s||129 g/km|
|1.6 Puretech 180 EAT8||49–50 mpg||8.0 s||128–131 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi 150||64 mpg||9.6 s||114 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi 180 EAT6||59 mpg||8.9 s||124 g/km|
|2.0 BlueHDi 180 EAT8||59 mpg||9.0 s||125–129 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Peugeot 3008 (2017)
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