Peugeot 3008 (2009 – 2017) Review
Peugeot 3008 (2009 – 2017) At A Glance
The Peugeot 3008 was one of the first cars to capitalise on the demand for SUV-style crossovers, arriving soon after the sector-defining Nissan Qashqai. As the name suggests, it’s based on the Peugeot 308 hatchback, but the taller, bulkier and more rugged body delivers more interior space, while the raised driving position gives a commanding view of the road ahead. Launched in 2009, but facelifted in 2014, the Peugeot 3008 is a well-priced and practical crossover, with the earliest models available for less than £2000.
You know the drill. Take a family hatchback, raise the ride height, give it funky SUV styling, but retain the efficiency of the donor vehicle. The result: a family crossover. This is precisely what Peugeot did when it launched the original 3008 in 2009.
It’s based on the 308 hatchback, so you get similar driving characteristics and the same broad range of engines. It was one of the first of the new breed of crossovers, following in tyre marks of the Nissan Qashqai, and rivalling other cars like the Kia Sportage and Ford Kuga. Today, almost every carmarker has an SUV in its stable, but things were different a decade ago.
Not that we’d recommend buying one of the early cars. A 2014 facelift introduced smarter styling, an improved cabin and more efficient engines. The result is a car that, while hardly exciting, should be easier to live with, not to mention slightly easier on the eye.
Practicality is a real strong point. The boot is large enough to rival some estate cars, especially if you fold the rear seats. There’s also enough space in the back seats for two adults – three at a push – with plenty of headroom and legroom throughout the cabin.
This practicality is enhanced by a clever split tailgate design, which allows for easy access to the boot. The lightweight upper section can be opened independently, or you can fold the lower half of the tailgate to support up to 200kg in weight. It can function as a place for a family picnic or somewhere to sit if you need to change your shoes. You also get a handy three-level boot floor for extra flexibility.
Throw into the mix the split-folding rear seats, flat-folding front passenger seat and clever storage options, and it’s not hard to see why so many people were turned on by the idea of a family crossover. Even today, a used 3008 is more appealing than a contemporary 308 hatchback.
On the road, the driving experience is a tad forgettable, but by majoring on ride comfort, Peugeot ensured that the 3008 would appeal to as many people as possible. The soft suspension and raised driving position combine to make this a great car for long distances, especially once you factor in the efficient engines.
The 1.6-litre diesel – badged e-HDi or BlueHDi – is a particular highlight, offering a terrific blend of punchy performance and fuel economy.
The 2.0-litre diesel feels less refined, and we’d also avoid the 1.6-litre petrol, preferring the later 1.2-litre PureTech engine. This three-cylinder unit offers fizzy performance in the city, surprisingly punchy acceleration on the open road, with the fuel economy to rival some diesels.
A budget of £5000 is enough to secure a post-facelift model, but you don’t need to spend more than £10,000 on a 3008.
If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Peugeot 3008 review.