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The Top Gear car review: Peugeot 3008

Overall verdict
Tangibly more practical and interesting than a 308, this is SUVs done properly


Uncommonly interesting interior, neat handling


Some detail missteps beneath the surface


What is it?

This is a rather better car than its puddingy predecessor. The original 3008 clumsily attempted to rival Qashqais and Tiguans and categorically failed at winning the attention of anyone who cared one iota about their car possessing any dynamic or technological nous.

The new one couldn’t feel much different. From the outside, this is a striking thing, even a full three years after it first went on sale. Most carmakers would be wielding the facelift knife around now, yet it feels like Peugeot could go a few years more without tweaking the 3008’s appearance. Early offers of a two-tone colour scheme that apes 308 GTI hot hatches appears to have been rescinded, though.

Inside, the wow-factor only strengthens. So long as you can cope with Peugeot’s infamously small steering wheel (and you do get used to it, promise) this is a superb place to be. Digital dials are standard on every version and are customised via a simple scroll button on the steering wheel. No faffing around in distracting sub-menus here.

The toggle switches, big media screen and huge central storage bin all combine to make the 3008’s innards a far more easy-going place to be than the spaceship-esque first impression its mad array of shapes might give. It’s no staidly safe VW Group product in here, and all the better for it.

There are engines. Several of them. You’ve a choice of turbo petrol (128bhp 1.2-litre or 178bhp 1.6-litre) and turbo diesel (128bhp 1.5-litre and 178bhp 2.0-litre), the smaller engines using a six-speed manual gearbox as standard (with autos optional) and the larger ones exclusively mated to a slick eight-speed automatic. All utilise front-wheel drive.

Keeping the 3008 extremely on point, though, is a pair of plug-in hybrids. There’s a front-driven version, possessing 222bhp, but of more interest is the four-wheel-drive 3008 GT Hybrid4 with its 296bhp of total output – basically Golf R power. Its more relevant stats are 29g/km of CO2 emissions and 36 miles of fully electric range, mind.

The 3008 range starts at around £25,000 for an Active-spec car in traditional old petrol manual setup, rising towards £47,000 if you want a bells, whistles and kitchen sink Hybrid4. Yep, an almost £50k Peugeot…