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Peugeot 3008 review: first drive in the UK

£ 29,710 when new
Published: 24 Nov 2016


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A Peugeot 3008 review, eh?

Yup. Strictly speaking, this is the New Peugeot 3008 review. Obviously to differentiate it from the reasonably successful and unreasonably unattractive 3008 Crossover that came before.

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So what’s new?

Pretty much everything, but there are some things that feel newer than others, chiefly the sporty exterior and the swooshy, swanky new iCockpit.

Is that made by Apple?

No, don’t be facetious.

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Sorry. Do continue.

All 3008s, from the lowest spec to the highest, are fitted with Peugeot’s new virtual display. Much improved from the earlier versions seen in the 208 and 308, this iCockpit is massively slick and responsive with options for dials, nav, driving or a set-up you can create according to your own preferences. It’s really very impressive. As is the enormo 8in touchscreen where you organise your nav, heating/cooling and entertainment options.

Sounds good, but what’s in the cabin for a button pusher like me?

You will not be disappointed. There are quick-access keys for the main functions (radio, nav, car settings etc etc), just beneath the touchscreen. Peugeot calls them Piano Key Switches, but just for you, we’ll call them buttons. For when you’re in a rush or in a tricky driving situation, they make it very easy to swap functionalities on the touchscreen.

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Do you speak from experience?

Yes. When we drove the Peugeot 3008 it was in sheeting rain, with more standing water on the road than clear tarmac. It was also at night, all the better to appreciate the interior and how useful those quick-access buttons are.

What was it like to drive?

Most pleasant. Predictable and progressive, just what you want in a family wagon. All good. The damping soaks up our questionable road surfaces well and keeps the 3008 trim through corners. A job well done.

What engines will the Peugeot 3008 come with?

Several in both diesel and petrol flavours. Petrol-wise there’s a 1.2-litre with 130bhp or 1.6-litre with 165bhp to choose from; diesel options include a 1.6-litre with 100bhp, the same 1.6 with 120bhp and a 2.0-litre with either 150bhp or 180bhp. Auto is available on all but the lowest power diesel. Worth pointing out that the Peugeot 1.2-litre engine is a two-time engine of the year winner. Impressive.

And how much will all this cost?

Prices for the new Peugeot 3008 start from £21,795 on the road for the 1.2-litre with a manual in Active trim and swiftly increase to £32,995 for the top-of-the-range GT with the high-power diesel and automatic transmission.

What difference does 4WD make to the price?



The Peugeot 3008 is FWD only with an optional Advanced Grip Control package of electronics to help you in slippery situations.

Big question: is it better than its rivals?

Woah. That’s not a big question, that’s huge. The 3008 is without doubt a Peugeot worth getting excited about – it’s got a fabulous, modern interior and its exterior is well styled… a huge leap forward from its predecessor. However, as you rightly point out there are plenty of other options. I’m a big fan of the Seat Ateca, and love its traditional, easy-to-understand simplicity as well as its hugely satisfying driving experience. Then there’s the class-leading Nissan Qashqai, of course. And the Volkswagen Tiguan. As well as plenty of others. Speaking personally, I’d take the Peugeot 3008 over the Qashqai or Tiguan, but as far as I’m concerned you make your choice and you pay your money. There’s no wrong answer here, as this is now a very well-stocked and highly competitive market sector.

You haven’t mentioned the fragrance dispenser.


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