This slightly updated and new version of the second generation Peugeot 3008 is still an appealing option for buyers in the market for a mid-sized SUV.
If you're in the market for a mid-sized SUV, Peugeot's lightly revised 3008 SUV is a serious contender and one of the cars that you'll definitely need to shortlist The second generation version first introduced in 2017, has now been slightly updated, with a couple design tweaks for a smarter look along with familiar attributes from an SUV like a large, versatile boot and a quality cabin interior. You have to really want a car like the 3008 to appreciate what it is all about but if you do, then you'll probably like this car a whole lot. There's premium pricing though, particularly for the clever HYBRID PHEV models that top the range but we'll detail this further below.
Any manufacturer wishing to develop, build and sell a competitive SUV in today's crowded market knows that the product really is needing to stand out to be successful. There are, after all, so many brands jostling for space in this segment with nearly every manufacturer having at least 1 SUV type vehicle within their lineups. Has this improved version of Peugeot's second generation 3008 model got what it takes to compete with the best? This 3008 slots nicely into the middle of Peugeot's SUV line-up, just above the 2008 model and just below the larger and more luxurious seven-seat 5008. The first generation 3008 competed directly against the most affordable Nissan Qashqai and SEAT Ateca-shaped mid-suzed SUVs from competitors, this newly introduced MK2 model, first launched in 2017, was moved a little more up-market to compete with slightly larger and more sophisticated mid-sized models like Volkswagen's Tiguan, Ford's Kuga and the Mazda CX-5. It shares its chassis and engineering with the PSA Group's other mid-sized SUVs, like the Citroen C5 Aircross, the Vauxhall Grandland X and the DS 7 Crossback.
Under the attractive bodywork, most of the mechanicals are shared with the 308 family hatch which Peugeot also offer, including the sophisticated EMP2 platform, which means that, as ever, the 3008 is built around a front wheel drive platform. The engine line-up is carried over from other models in the brand's range. That means the majority of customers will continue to choose the 130bhp three cylinder 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine, offered with either a traditional manual gearbox or automatic transmission. There's also an auto-only 1.6-litre PureTech 180hp petrol unit. And a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engine with 130hp, also only available with the EAT8 auto transmission. Peugeot also offers a pair of plug-in 'HYBRID' versions which use a 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine mated to an 80kW electric motor, resulting in a combined total output of 225hp in '225 e-EAT8' form - or 300bhp in the case of the top 'HYBRID4 300 e-EAT8' version, the only variant in the range with 4WD. The electrified driving range varies between 34-36 miles depending on which engine plant it is mated too. On the move, the compact steering wheel allows for wrist-flick direction changes. If the development team had been able to give the car a little more steering feel, we might even have called it quite fun to drive! And it's still one of the best-riding Crossovers of its kind in our opinion.
This second generation 3008 was already a much sleeker-looking model than its predecessor and the looks have been further sharpened here to enhance that point. Restyled headlights flank a smarter frameless grille, while gloss black side scoops and a painted treadplate are integrated within a fresh bumper design to tie into this new design that Peugeot have produced. At just 4,450mm in length, this remains one of the more compact models in its segment when compared with rivals, however, very class-competitive interior dimensions have kept the cabin feeling more than spacious, as you'll discover when you take a seat behind the wheel. Here, as usual with Peugeot's i-Cockpit digital design, you're required to view the instrument binnacle over the rim of the steering wheel, rather than through its spokes which can be quite difficult to get used to at first. A further 10-inch screen on the centre stack comes with seven piano like 'toggle switches' providing direct access to main control functions, including the radio, Connected 3D Navigation and vehicle settings. Plusher, more specified models of the 3008 incorporate into this display an 'Amplify' option that means you can quickly change things like ambient lighting and music settings - and even add in cabin fragrances and massaging seat intensity! Very unusual for a Peugeot! Two adults can be comfortably accomodated in the rear; three would be a bit of a squash but more than adequate for the occasions in which this may be required. Luggage space in the boot is more generous than the external dimensions might suggest - rated at 520-litres. Fold the second row of seats flat and this results in a total luggage capacity of 1580-litres, one of the largest and most versatile load capacities in the segment when compared to rivals. The folding rear bench seat has a 2/3 - 1/3 'Magic Flat' capability to optimise loading with a flat floor. The very original adaptable moving boot floor, initiated on the original 3008, has been evolved with two positions to allow the optimisation of boot space and removable side-panels that can be affixed to the side boot trim. This allows for the boot of the 3008 to gain maximum load capacity.
Pricing on the newly revised 3008 generally sits around the £27,000 to £39,000 bracket, though the HYBRID plug-in variants don't start until you get to around £37,000 and most of them are well over £40,000 once delved into deeper. In other words, Peugeot certainly isn't shy about charging a premium for this car. Most 3008 sales will continue to be made at well under the £35,000 price point though due to most specification levels & engine options being well within this price bracket. There are three main trim levels - 'Active', 'Allure' and 'GT', each built upon by an intermediate level called 'Premium'. Whichever variant you decide upon, equipment levels are pretty complete with a lot of features being included on each level no matter which one you choose is suitable for your needs. Connectivity is taken care of by facilities like MirrorScreen smartphone linking, induction Smartphone recharging and 3D connected navigation with TomTom traffic reports. TomTom connectivity also delivers information that could be essential to your journey on things like local weather, car-parks and the location of service stations - all quite handy. There's also the Peugeot Connect SOS system & Assistance system that'll automatically alert the emergency services in the event of an accident. As for safety, Peugeot is offering what it calls 'Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert', a system that combines autonomous braking with a lane departure warning system. There's also a Driver Alert Warning function which will warn you if the car notices fatigue in your driving reactions by playing loud chimes to wake you up. Other systems include Automatic High Beam Assistance, to automatically switch between high beam and low beam depending on the lighting conditions and oncoming traffic; Speed Sign Detection; Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop function; an Active Blind Spot Monitoring System; and Park Assist, which allows the vehicle to park itself with minimum input from the driver. There are also useful 'Visiopark' 360 degree all-round camera view systems if you want them. All quite the package for this new Peugeot!
Peugeot's BlueHDi diesel engine power plants have already proved themselves to be paragons of cleanliness and frugality in the brand's other models and that's carried forward here. This second generation 3008 design's lighter weight and sleeker bodywork also helps, plus, as you would expect, there's an 'S&S' engine stop & start system to cut the powerplant when you don't need it, stuck at the lights or waiting in traffic to help with improving fuel efficiency and reduce the number of emissions being produced when stationary. Speaking of emissions, let's get to the WLTP figures this vehicle claims. The BlueHDi 130 diesel automatic variant manages up to 56.3mpg and up to 136g/km of CO2. Even if you go for the PureTech 1.2-litre petrol unit, you'll still be getting up to 47.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 146g/km of CO2 from the manual model. For the 1.6 PureTech auto, it's up to 39.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 165g/km of CO2. For really frugal running cost returns though, you'll need one of the clever and more expensive, HYBRID plug-in variants. These use an 11.8kWh battery which can be fully charged in under two hours using a standard 7kW Wallbox. Once that's done, an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of between 34-36 miles is possible. Even better news lies with the low WLTP-rated CO2 readings and combined cycle fuel readings generated by these plug-in models; up to 30g/km and 222.3mpg for the front wheel drive 225hp HYBRID; and up to 29g/km and 235.4mpg for the 4WD HYBRID4 variant. Servicing on most 3008 models is needed every year or every 12,500 miles, whichever comes first and the cost of garage visits should be affordable too.
A car like this is a lifestyle choice, which means that it needs to be able to change aspects of your motoring lifestyle; the atmosphere you drive-in; the way you can use the cabin instruments; the kind of mobility choices you can make on journey's end. We find that the 3008 makes a difference in all these areas in a way that no other car in this class can. Of course, it also needs to get the basics right too. As before, this is one of the most spacious and efficient cars in its segment when compared with rivals. And there are shades of real premium quality inside too. As for the drawbacks, Peugeot certainly isn't shy in charging a premium for it, the diesel engine can be a little noisy when pushed and other models in the sector still handle better - though few of this ride the bumps as well kin comparison. To summarise, this remains a very sophisticated kind of compact SUV. Crossovers, it seems, have moved on. To find out how far, try driving one of these and we think your mind will be changed.
3rd March 2021
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