Peugeot 3008 review - Interior, design and technology
The 3008 looks good and has one of the best interiors in its class
While the last Peugeot 3008 was a bit of a mess, the current car is a handsome looking machine. The upright grille and chunky bodywork give it a unique look, and it’s certainly a big step forward from the previous model. Whereas the Mk1 was an MPV-style crossover, this latest model is a genuine SUV. The detailed headlight and tail-light designs are stand-out features, and the steep windscreen, raised ride height and hidden C-pillars all add to the look.
Inside, the 3008 gets a superb interior. It wraps around the driver from the centre console to the door and, of course, incorporates Peugeot’s latest infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen. The small steering wheel and high-set instrument cluster that we’ve already seen in the rest of the company’s range also appear.
The difference here, though, is that the 3008 gets Peugeot’s latest i-Cockpit display, which incorporates a 12.3-inch screen behind the wheel. It’s similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, and means you can change the layout of the dials, decide what is displayed and how or, most usefully, show sat-nav directions directly in front of you.
It’s an excellent arrangement, and unlike on many other Peugeot models, it’s easy to see over the top of the steering wheel. In fact, there’s not much that Peugeot has done wrong with the interior of the 3008, as it’s also one of the best-looking cars in its class.
The materials you touch are of great quality and the wrap-around design, with metal accents, gives the cabin a really upmarket feel. It doesn’t seem as spacious as a Nissan Qashqai or SEAT Ateca, but it’s much more stylish than either of those rivals, and the only minor setbacks are that the air-con controls are on the touchscreen display, which makes them hard to use on the move, and the materials lower down in the cabin are of lower quality.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
All 3008s get a 12.3-inch dash display and an eight-inch touchscreen, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Allure trim features TomTom-based sat-nav with three years of Live updates, giving traffic info, local searches, fuel station recommendations and weather forecasts. Voice control is also included, but the car’s piano key-style layout means it’s actually nice to use the stylish buttons.
Although the graphics for both the digital instrument panel and the main 10-inch touchscreen are visually appealing, the operating system itself is flawed and lags behind the slicker set-ups from rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson.
What it does lack is processing power, with slow loading times a particular bugbear. During our own test, the process of entering a postcode and loading a route took a tardy 32 seconds, while the screen takes a while to respond to touches.
The big screen isn’t used to its full potential, either. Black bars on either side of the screen provide climate-control shortcuts, but take space from navigation and smartphone mirroring pages. In other words, the screen always looks much smaller than it really is.
In this review
- 1Peugeot 3008 reviewThe Peugeot 3008 is a front-running crossover that offers a spacious, upmarket cabin and plenty of kit
- 2Engines, performance and driveEfficient engines and a composed ride both work in the 3008's favour
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsPeugeot offers frugal petrol, diesel and hybrid engines for the 3008
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe 3008 looks good and has one of the best interiors in its class
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe 3008 has a bigger boot than a Nissan Qashqai and plenty of space inside
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Peugeot 3008 offers lots of safety kit and a five-star Euro NCAP rating, while customers praise its reliability