Peugeot has a good reputation for innovative engineering, but the 3008 HYbrid4 isn’t the quantum leap forward the figures suggest. Its advanced diesel-electric powertrain doesn’t deliver the fuel economy returns to justify its price premium over ordinary diesel 3008s.
If efficiency is your priority and you regularly drive into London’s Congestion Charge zone, then the cheaper entry-level 3008 is worth a look, as it also emits less than 99g/km of CO2. But in this trim, the Peugeot can’t compete.
The VW Tiguan has the edge in our first contest with its sharp dynamics, style and price, while the refined, comfortable and high-quality Mercedes takes victory in our second match-up.
3008 vs Tiguan
VW Tiguan ★★★★
It's not perfect, but the Tiguan is still one of the best crossovers around. Its uninspiring interior and understated looks can’t detract from the superb driving experience and versatility, so it takes a well deserved victory in this contest.
Peugeot 3008 ★★★
The 3008 HYbrid4 tries to do too much at once, and struggles as a result. It’s more efficient than any of its rivals, but the poor ride and lack of refinement are a real letdown. And it’s not as practical or as rugged as its looks suggest.
3008 vs C-Class
Mercedes C-Class ★★★★
A fine cruiser, the Mercedes edges in front thanks to its superior real-world performance and badge appeal. What it lacks in practicality it easily makes up for in cabin quality and comfort. But the new BMW 320d ED will be even cleaner.
Peugeot 3008 ★★★
Cheaper and better-equipped than the C-Class, the Peugeot is hampered by its flawed dynamics. Predicted residual values are also poor, with the 3008 expected to retain around a third of its new price after three years’ ownership.