Peugeot 3008 Review 2022

Peugeot 3008 At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Peugeot 3008 might not be the newest kid on the block, but it's still a very competitive model with a stylish design, upmarket interior and good all-round driving experience. Granted, some newer rivals offer even greater practicality and more dazzling tech, but overall there's a lot to like about Peugeot's family SUV.

+Stylish inside and out with a well-finished cabin. Well equipped as standard. Good range of engines.

-Panoramic roof eats into cabin headroom. There are cheaper alternatives. The infotainment isn't the best on the market nowadays.

New prices start from £37,310, brokers can source from £32,225
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. 

We lived with a 3008 for six months - find out how we got on with it in our Peugeot 3008 long term test. Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Peugeot 3008 review

Ask Honest John

Peugeot 3008 ECU replacement delay - is this a common issue?
"Is it unusual to have to wait over six weeks for a replacement ECU ordered via a main dealer? They don't seem to be able to give me a delivery date so I don't know if this is a common issue with electrical parts with all manufacturers ."
Peugeot has said that the on-going global shortage of semiconductor chips has caused some delays on a small number of components for high-technology products. The spokesperson said: "This is an industry issue and a continually evolving situation, but we have implemented a number of tools to assist our retailers, as best we can, of estimated delivery times for parts that are on back order." If you require any further support with this parts order, Peugeot said their customer care team are on hand to assist: https://www.peugeot.co.uk/tools/contact-us.html
Answered by Sarah Tooze
Garage has damaged my car's windscreen - what should I do?
"I bought a Peugeot 3008 from a dealer about six months ago. The car developed a problem recently and the dealer agreed to fix it last week. However, after collecting my vehicle, I noticed a big chip on the windscreen on the drive home. The garage is denying liability and says I should make an insurance claim. What should I do? Is the garage liable for this repair?"
The garage is liable but only if you can prove they caused the damage. Sadly, for something small like a stone chip, it will be very difficult to do this. In some cases, your insurer will repair a windscreen chip and it will not affect your no claims bonus. So I would suggest checking your policy documents to see if this is a viable solution.
Answered by Dan Powell
Do I have to adjust the LED headlights on my Peugeot 3008 GT to drive in Europe?
"I cannot get an answer from Peugeot on what I have to do, if anything, to adjust the headlights on my 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Premium for driving on the Continent. My model has automatic levelling so I can’t 'turn them down'. In forums, some say LED gets too hot for stickers, some say the LED projection is 'flat' so do nothing. I don’t want to drive illegally so would be grateful if you can help. "
This varies between car manufacturers. Check your vehicle manual to see if this is mentioned. Generally speaking, LED lights produce a flat beam so there is much less chance of dazzling oncoming vehicles when driving on the other side. However, in some cars you can adjust the beam for driving on the right via the car's infotainment system.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
Can you recommend an SUV available on the Motability scheme?
"We've followed you advice over the years which guided us to a second hand 09 plate Mazda 5, and a beautiful brand new 18 plate Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav. Due to illness we are now eligible for the Motobility scheme. We are looking for a similar family SUV that will take 2 kids easily as well as the occasional trip with the mother-in-law. Unfortunately, Mazda aren't on the scheme. Having test driven the SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan they seem nice cars but the specs on the Motobility scheme vehicles are low. Due to neuropathy a heated steering wheel is vital, as are reversing cameras. The Ford Kuga felt cheap, and the S-MAX was lovely but too big in our opinion. Most of the other contenders feel like a step down from the spec we have currently. The new Hyundai Tucson plug-in-hybrid Ultimate was mentioned on your page as a comparison to the Mazda, the spec looks great (£5,000 upfront though). Our driving is mainly short trips with the kids, with a longer 400 mile round trip to visit northern parents (we are London based) every other month. We can't go fully electric, but plug-in would work for charging outside shop, etc. Obviously we could just stick with the car we have (we wouldn't be looking if it wasn't for the scheme) but with the cost of servicing, insurance being covered by the Motobility scheme it seems too good to be true. Have I missed any obvious contenders? I see the Skoda Karoq is well regarded, but isn't on the scheme."
As you say, the Mazda CX-5 is a very good car that even today is nicer than many new rivals. However, given the savings offered on the Motability scheme there are some other choices worth checking out. Vauxhall has just updated the Grandland (formerly Grandland X) to make it a much more competitive car. Ultimate spec comes with lots of kit including a heated steering wheel and seats. The Peugeot 3008 is essentially the same car as the Grandland underneath, but with a classier interior, although the driving position won't suit all tastes. The Citroen C5 Aircross also shares its engines and platform with the Vauxhall and Peugeot and is exceptionally comfortable, but you might find the interior lacking in quality. We also see that the latest Nissan Qashqai is offered on Motability. It's a much better car than the old one, although perhaps still not as nice to drive or sit in as the CX-5. There are also raised-up hatchbacks that aren't quite as tall as full SUVs: check out the Kia XCeed and new DS 4 (the DS 4 in particular has a plush interior with lots of equipment). They may not offer the desired ease of getting in and out, however.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
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What does a Peugeot 3008 cost?

Buy new from £32,225(list price from £37,345)