Review

Peugeot 3008 MPV

Price  £17,550 - £25,015

Peugeot 3008 MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Well-built interior
  • Great diesel engines
  • Spacious and practical
Cons
  • Low kit levels on entry-level model
  • Feels a bit dated
  • Limited rear visibility

At a glance

The greenest
Active e-HDi 115 FAP EGC 5dr £21,645
The cheapest
Access 1.6 VTi 120 bhp 5dr £17,550
The fastest
Allure HDi 163 FAP Automatic 5dr £25,015
Top of the range
Allure HDi 163 FAP Automatic 5dr £25,015

"The Peugeot 3008 is a stylish crossover vehicle that offers the practicality of the MPV and rugged styling of an SUV."

While the Peugeot 3008 looks like a people carrier, raised suspension and the option to fit four-wheel drive mean it could just as easily be an SUV. Thankfully, Peugeot has made our life easier by designating the car as a crossover – a model that blends the looks of an SUV with the driving characteristics of a normal car. That puts it into direct competition with the excellent new Nissan Qashqai and also head-to-head with models such as the Kia Sportage a¬¬nd Skoda Yeti. To keep it competitive with these rivals, the Peugeot was given a light facelift in 2014, which included a few tweaks to the exterior and the use of higher-quality plastics inside.

A practical interior lies at the heart of the Peugeot 3008, but stick a couple of six-foot adults in the back and they’ll soon feel cramped. If that's not a problem, then the Peugeot scores well with a boot that's bigger than a family hatchback's and more versatile, too. Storage space is also on the generous side, with plenty of nooks and crannies to hide away the clutter that goes hand in hand with family life.

Peugeot offers the 3008 with a choice of six engines – four diesels and two petrols – and there's also the option of a diesel-electric hybrid. It's expensive to buy, though, so we’d recommend the basic 1.6-litre diesel. While it's certainly not quick, it can return nearly 70mpg, something that's bound to be a higher priority for most families.

Peugeot offers the car in Access, Active, Allure and limited-edition Crossway trim levels, and all models come with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Peugeot's functional Multiflex interior, as well as front and rear electric windows. We’d be inclined to splash out on the Allure mode. It gets desirable features including front parking sensors and a rear-view camera (handy on a big car like this), a sat-nav system, climate control and a panoramic glass sunroof. Last but not least is the head-up display, which can project vital information (such as your current speed) onto the windscreen, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.4 / 5

Hybrid offers impressive economy, but the Peugeot 3008 diesel is cheaper to buy

Engines, drive & performance

3.2 / 5

Specifying optional Dynamic Roll Control makes the Peugeot 3008 much more fun to drive

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

Peugeot 3008s fitted with 18-inch wheels have a firm ride, but otherwise the car is very comfortable

Practicality & boot space

3.8 / 5

Versatile interior and a big boot, but the Peugeot 3008 could do with more rear legroom

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Exemplary safety record but customer feedback is poor

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What owners say

4.0804347826087
4.1 /5 based on 92 reviews
58%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
24 Nov 2014
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