Used Peugeot 3008 review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Peugeot 3008 focusing on the 3008 Mk1 (2008-2016)

The current Peugeot 3008 is an eye-catching SUV/crossover that blends practicality with undeniably handsome styling. This, along with an array of other positive attributes, earned the 3008 a European Car of The Year gong at its launch in 2016, followed by a variety of subsequent awards - it also finished as the best mid-size SUV in our very own 2018 Driver Power survey voted for by owners.

The previous version of the 3008, which first arrived in the UK in 2009 has a less illustrious history, and its relatively frumpy style lacks the newer model’s fashion credentials. Nonetheless, it made a big impact on drivers when it landed, and Peugeot initially struggled to keep up with demand for a car that nobody could quite place in the traditional vehicle segments.

Was the 3008 an MPV that looked like an SUV, or a family hatchback that looked a bit like both? In truth it is a classic ‘crossover’ model and whatever you want to call it, the first 3008 delivered the goods for many families. Thanks to its combination of a relaxed, comfortable drive, a roomy cabin and impressive efficiency from a range of punchy engines with low running costs, the car was a big sales success.

The original 3008 also majored on safety, another critical factor for families, and although its reliability reputation isn’t as rock solid as certain rivals an array of winning characteristics still make it a practical and cost-effective used car purchase today. For its blend of comfort, generous specification and all-round versatility, it looks good value with 2016 examples available for less than £7,000 at dealers.

Modes covered

The Peugeot 3008 first hit dealerships in 2008, and was on sale for six years before being replaced with the current model in 2016. It’s this Mk1 car that we’re focusing on in this review. 

  • Peugeot 3008 Mk1 (2008-2016) - After eight years, this is still a reliable all-rounder from Peugeot. 

Peugeot 3008 Mk1 

History

The 3008 arrived in 2008 with 1.6-litre (120bhp or turbocharged 150bhp) petrol engines and 110bhp 1.6-litre or 150bhp 2.0-litre diesel engines. There were three trim levels (Active, Sport, Exclusive), but by January 2011 there were SR and Envy specials available, too.

From June 2010 there was a 163bhp 2.0 HDi auto option, then in October 2010 the 1.6 HDi was updated, becoming the 1.6 e-HDi 112. The diesel/electric Hybrid4 of summer 2010 was rated at 99g/km; this was cut to 91g/km in autumn 2012. A facelifted 3008 arrived in January 2014 with more equipment and a more efficient 1.6 HDi engine, now rated at 115bhp and 125g/km. The Hybrid4’s CO2 emissions were also cut to just 88g/km.

Peugeot 3008 Mk1 reviews

Which one should I buy?

Peugeot’s HYbrid4 looks good on paper, but the high purchase costs probably won’t be offset by amazing economy; a regular diesel is cheaper and likely to be almost as frugal. There are few HYbrid4s to choose from, and its clunky EGC transmission also spoils the driving experience, which is why we’d avoid it in any 3008.

All 3008s come with electric front windows, air-con, ESP and remote central locking. Sport adds alloys, rear parking sensors and cruise control, while Exclusive comes with a glass roof, automatic lights and wipers, head-up display, tyre-pressure sensors and climate control. We’d also recommend a 3008 with the optional Dynamic Ride Control.

Alternatives to the Peugeot 3008 Mk1

The 3008’s toughest adversary is the Skoda Yeti, which is more expensive but always does well in our Driver Power surveys.

Another more costly option is the Volkswagen Tiguan, which is conservatively designed but shares most of the Yeti’s attributes. The Nissan Qashqai is another excellent all-rounder; the original was an impressive machine but the Mk2, while very talented, is proving to be less reliable.

The Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35 are more dependable, and they’re also good value with lots of standard equipment and long warranties. Meanwhile, the Citroen C4 Picasso and Renault Scenic are good value and in plentiful supply. 

What to look out for: 

TPMS issues

The tyre pressure monitoring system can work erratically, because the valves are either faulty, or may just need to be calibrated. 

Space-saver

Some 3008s come with a space-saver spare wheel, while others are fitted with just a compressor and a can of foam. Check what’s there.

LED check

Make sure the LED daytime running lights work; replacing them means removing the bumper, and failures aren’t all that rare.

Parking brake

The electronic parking brake can play up, with error messages appearing on the dashboard even when everything is working properly.

Interior

The dash is appealing, but it takes some getting used to because it’s very busy. The seats are comfortable, but space is tight if everyone is over six feet tall. The 432-litre split-level boot is well designed; drop the seats and capacity rises to 1,604 litres.

Running costs

All petrol-engined 3008s need servicing every 16,000 miles or 12 months; for diesels this is annually or every 12,500 miles. The first two are priced at £170, then from three years old they alternate between minor and major, at £140 and £250. There’s an ‘Essentials’ option using pattern parts that cuts these bills to £115 and £195.

The timing belt needs to be changed every 10 years or 112,500 miles, although it’s better to cut this to eight years or 100,000 miles because they aren’t always as durable as Peugeot reckons. The brake fluid should be changed every two years (at £49) and fresh coolant is required after four years or 80,000 miles, then annually. 

Prices

See the latest prices for used Peugeot 3008 models on our sister site BuyaCar or use our free valuation tool below to value a specific model. 

Recalls

Seven recalls isn’t bad for a car this old. The first came in October 2009, because the windscreen wiper could fail. In February 2011, 2.0 HDi models were recalled because of potential fuel leaks, then in January 2013 cars were recalled because the rear brake caliper could work loose.

Further campaigns were launched because of faulty spot welds (March 2013), a problematic driver’s airbag (April 2014), fuel leaks (December 2015) and oil leaks that could lead to engine damage (March 2016).

Driver Power owner satisfaction

The 3008 made its Driver Power debut in 2013, in 78th place. By 2015 it had dropped to 105th, so it’s impressive that by 2016 it reached 69th. Practicality (24th) and running costs (47th) boosted its score, but 115th for build quality and 90th for reliability are less impressive.

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