Peugeot 3008 Review 2023
Peugeot 3008 At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 11–24
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure
When the latest Peugeot 3008 arrived on the scene in 2017 it really shook up the family SUV sector. With its striking design inside and out, upmarket cabin and impressive technology it showed that cars such as these could be both stylish and practical. It also made the previous Nissan Qashqai look decidedly old-hat.
Since then there's been a number of newer competitors arrive such as the latest Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Ford Kuga, which have upped the ante in those departments. Peugeot has reacted by freshening up the 3008 with a revised exterior look and some even better tech.
The striking frameless grille certainly makes a statement, but from the rear you'd be hard pushed to spot any changes over the pre-facelift car. Still, design was never a weak point on this car. It still cuts a dash in the supermarket car park, that's for sure - even the Vauxhall's closely related (and also recently refreshed) Grandland doesn't compare in the style stakes.
The interior hasn't changed a great deal either, which again is no bad thing as it's still a competitive SUV in terms of the smart design and high quality feel. But you do get fresh materials and trims and a new, larger infotainment system. The Peugeot 3008's unusual 'iCockpit' driving position remains, however, and although it works much better here than in some of Peugeot's smaller models drivers of certain shapes and sizes might not get on with it.
The 3008 is still a pretty practical car, but there are roomier alternatives out there now. Sure, it'll be big enough for most families and the 520-litre boot is a good size, but rear space isn't the most generous and speccing the panoramic sunroof eats into headroom.
The diesel version used to be our favourite engine in the Peugeot 3008, and the latest 1.5 BlueHDI unit remain both punchy and frugal. But these days the pick of the range has to be the entry-level 1.2 Puretech petrol, which really punches above its weight.
Plug-in petrol hybrid models with two-wheel or four-wheel drive were added to the range in early-2020, giving the 3008 an advertised 217mpg and a pure-electric range of 36 miles. They offer punchy performance, too, but the four-wheel drive version in particular is rather expensive.
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, a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a reversing camera. Autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning are standard too.
Prices are slightly higher than some rivals (including the related Grandland and Citroen C5 Aircross), but the extra money buys extra equipment and a more premium ambience. The good level of equipment and stylish cabin make the 3008 stand out, plus strong driving dynamics and refinement.