1.6L GT Line BlueHDi
Combining a unique design with a high spec and plenty of practicality, the Peugeot 3008 looks good and feels great to drive. The 3008 is such a good package, it’s no wonder it won a European Car of the Year award.
It’s also pretty roomy which is great for carrying around passengers. The whole family will be happy with the amount of space it has in the back. The design inside and out is wonderful and stands it apart from rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Toyota RAV4 and other SUVs.
Efficient petrol and diesel engines make it a cost-efficient car to run and, for extra peace of mind, Peugeot was named the most reliable manufacturer in one of the latest 2019 independent reliability surveys.
The driver’s area in the latest generation looks really sharp and is super practical. There are hardly any buttons with most controls moving to the large touchscreen on top of the dashboard.
Traditional instrument dials have been replaced by the i-Cockpit digital speedometer even on entry-level models. It has plenty of adjustable views and menus which are controlled by buttons on the steering wheel. This design setup can mean that the steering wheel slightly obscures the view of the instruments.
The infotainment system is better than most rivals, with features such as Apple CarPlay which allows the screen to be a display and a controller for an iOS device. This is also where you can access climate control.
The rest of the interior features chrome details and lots of chunky, solid materials, although there are still a few hard plastics. The boot can hold up to 591 litres of space, which is enough room for several suitcases. It also has an adjustable floor so you can store things out of sight or remove a panel to increase the height of the storage space.
Like the first-generation, it's all about comfort. The 3008 hasn’t been engineered for dynamic handling, but it can be fun to drive with its responsive engines and great steering. It’s well-suited for city driving, but it’s still great on country roads and the motorway.
The petrol and diesel engines are both excellent, but the diesel has the best fuel economy figures. Go for the range-topping GT and you get a 2.0 BlueHDi diesel that delivers sufficient power and an impressive claimed fuel consumption of up to 64 mpg. Turbocharged petrol engines are smooth and deliver great economy in town and on longer journeys.
The manual and automatic gearboxes both make driving the 3008 easy to drive and comfort levels on the road are excellent. Its good suspension set up can make it feel like you’re driving over a much smoother road than you actually are. The Grip Control system gives the car a better grip, which will be useful in winter months when the roads can be slippery or if you venture off-road occasionally.
The 3008 is a popular car and its values are holding well. You should expect to pay more than you would for an equivalent Nissan Qashqai, but you’ll also get more for your money.
Running costs are very good. Peugeot says that its fuel-efficient diesels can deliver up to an impressive 70 mpg. Insurance costs are similar to rivals as are most servicing and parts prices.
Peugeot topped the 2019 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study so you can expect the 3008 to be reliable.
Safety is good and the car received a five star Euro NCAP crash test rating. There was also a safety pack available which includes blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and driver fatigue alert which alerts you if it thinks you’re feeling tired. It’s worth looking for used 3008s that include these features, especially if you do a lot of long-distance driving.
Best for economy - 1.6 BlueHDi Allure
Best for family - 1.2 Allure PureTech 130
Best for fun - 1.6 GT-Line Puretech 180
All models are generously equipped, even the entry-level Active version which offers really good value. Allure models are probably the pick of the bunch with the widest range of equipment. This model includes a sat nav, although with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted, you can use your own phone’s navigation system on any model. Go for the GT-Line and GT models if you want the highest levels of equipment.
The diesel engines are very efficient but the petrol versions still give good economy, especially if you do most of your driving in town.