Peugeot 3008 review
The Peugeot 3008 offers 4x4 style with MPV practicality and low running costs
The Nissan Qashqai’s crossover supremacy was under severe threat when the Peugeot 3008 arrived in 2008. Since then, the Peugeot 3008 has remained one of our favourite crossovers, despite facing competition from the much newer Skoda Yeti and Kia Sportage.
The Peugeot 3008 is available in Active, Access and Allure trim levels with a strong engine range based around 1.6 and 2.0-litre HDi diesel units. Buyers wanting the ultimate in fuel economy can opt for the 83mpg Hybrid4 diesel hybrid model.
The 3008 certainly can’t count attractive looks as a selling point, but its practicality and competitive pricing make up for that. It’s one of the leading crossover SUVs currently on sale.
Our choice: 3008 1.6 HDi Allure manual
The Peugeot 3008 arrived with forgettable styling but they’ve had a facelift since then. A smaller grille, modern looking lights with LED strips and improved taillights definitely made it sharper visually but it’s still not the last word in crossover style.
Inside, toggle switches to adjust the head-up display and a swooping grab handle on the raised centre console are nice additions but the interiors of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai are much more solid and less dated.
Other crossovers offer more thrills but spec the Peugeot 3008 properly and you’ve got a relaxing long distance cruiser. Our bumpy British roads feel smooth in the high-riding Peugeot, except on the HYbrid4 model’s suspension, which is firmed-up to cope with the extra weight.
The 1.6 litre VTi petrol engines are slow and require some effort to get decent performance, whilst the slow, jerky EGC semi-automatic is best avoided.
This makes the HDi diesels our pick of the range. The 115bhp 1.6-litre HDi is a little on the sluggish side with a 13.6s 0-62mph time but the 2.0-litre HDi is far livelier, dipping under the 10-second barrier.
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 was the first ever production car powered by both a diesel engine and electric motor. It’s incredibly efficient too. The 163bhp 2.0 litre-diesel engine cuts out and lets the 37bhp electric motor do most of the work in stop start traffic. Although noisy, it achieves a rapid 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds.
Peugeot didn’t get the best results in our 2013 Driver Power survey. It ranked 31 out of 32 in our manufacturer standings, dropping one place from the 2012 results. Reliability, build quality, braking, handling, practicality and comfort were flagged up as the biggest problems.
Although dealer service and the Peugeot 3008’s build quality have improved, reported electrical faults mean it’s not as reliable as the Nissan Qashqai or Volkswagen Tiguan.
As for safety, the Peugeot 3008 scored a full five-star Euro NCAP rating when it was crash tested back in 2009, with 86 per cent for adult occupant protection and an impressive 97 per cent in the safety assist category.
Six-airbags, seatbelt reminders, an electronic parking brake ESP and Isofix mounting points for child seats are standard. Higher spec owners can splash out on an optional ‘grip control’ system.
A long wheelbase and high roofline means three passengers can sit comfortably in the back of the Peugeot 3008. The glove box is tiny but huge door pockets and a massive compartment in the centre console make up for this.
The Peugeot 3008’s 512-litre boot tops the Nissan Qashqai’s 430-litre storage and the false floor splits in three ways adding more luggage options. Loading larger items requires little effort once all the rear seats are folded to create 1,604-litres of space.
Batteries take up some space on the hybrid versions, but maximum capacity is still a generous 1,435-litres.
The diesel/electric Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 returns 83.1mpg and emits 88g/km of CO2 when fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, making it the most efficient in the range.
The HDi diesel models are cheaper and almost as green as the Hybrid4. The1.6 HDi with the EGC auto ‘box can average 67.3mpg while emitting just 110g/km of CO2. Even the punchy 2.0-litre HDi manages 53mpg and 139g/km.
The diesels will cost you more in insurance than the petrols and have shorter service intervals, too, but are worth the extra outlay for their refinement.