Peugeot 3008 review

Our Rating: 
2009 model
By Auto Express Test TeamComments

Peugeot has broken into the crossover market with the 3008. The quirky lines won’t appeal to everyone, but it is practical

There’s no denying the 3008’s exterior is eye-catching – although not necessarily for the right reasons. With its gaping grille, bulbous wheel arches and awkward angles, the Peugeot’s styling is an acquired taste. Entry-level Active trim level doesn’t include alloy wheels, but is otherwise visually identical to the better-equipped Sport. The range-topping Exclusive gets a panoramic sunroof and 17-inch alloy rims.

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Climb behind the wheel and you can’t fail to be impressed by the Audi R8-inspired wraparound dashboard. The instruments are set in a smart contoured binnacle, while Exclusive versions gets neat heads-up display for speed and sat-nav information. However, the materials and build quality can’t match rivals such as the Skoda Yeti. Occupants in the rear get a decent amount of space, and a sliding bench frees up legroom at the expense of luggage capacity. A spilt rear tailgate takes the strain out of loading, while the boot has a useful three-position boot floor for added flexibility.

Buyers get a wide choice of engines, including the smooth 1.6-litre petrol unit in normally aspirated 120bhp and punchy turbocharged 155bhp forms. Diesel fans can pick from the refined 110bhp 1.6-litre HDi and the larger 2.0-litre unit with either 150bhp or 163bhp. The latter is coupled with semi-automatic six-speed gearbox that increases CO2 emissions and blunts fuel economy. All versions get a six-ratio manual transmission, apart from the entry-level 1.6-litre petrol, which makes do with a five-speed ‘box.

Driving experience
Go for cars equipped with the 156bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and you’ll benefit from a roll control system, which helps the 3008 strike a decent balance between ride comfort and handling. All other versions do without this kit and so lacks precision in corners and can crash over bumps. All models suffer from numb steering and unprogressive brakes. Despite its SUV-inspired looks, the Peugeot is two-wheel drive only. However, the optional Grip Control helps boost traction in slippery conditions. A high-set driving position delivers a commanding view of the road, while refinement at motorway speeds is strong.

Ownership Costs
Stacked-up against its rivals the 3008 looks expensive, while disappointing residuals mean it’ll be worth less when it’s time to sell. Standard kit on the entry-level version is adequate rather than generous, and the options list is short. Buyers looking for low running costs should choose the 1.6-litre diesel mated to the six-speed semi-automatic transmission. This combination results in excellent claimed fuel returns of 57.7mpg. Servicing costs are higher than for the group-leading Renault Scenic, but insurance costs are similar

The Peugeot rates highly for safety, securing a coveted five star rating from EuroNCAP. Six airbags and ESP are fitted as standard throughout the range. The 163bhp diesel and 150bhp petrol engines are the least green of the range, producing 176g/km and 173g/km of CO2 respectively. Eco-friendly owners will favour the semi-automatic gearbox-equipped 1.6 diesel, which emits only 130g/km. Low rolling resistance tyres are fitted to all versions.

Our Choice: 3008 Sport 1.6 HDi 110

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Last updated: 12 Apr, 2010