Peugeot 3008 MPV
Price: £17,245 - £24,745
- Well-built interior
- Great diesel engines
- Spacious and practical
- Low kit levels on entry-level model
- Feels a bit dated
- Limited rear visibility
"The Peugeot 3008 is a stylish crossover vehicle that offers the practicality of the MPV and rugged styling of an SUV."
The Peugeot 3008 is a compact crossover like the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti. It's quite an old car now and is starting to feel like it, but it's still a decent car. One of the reasons it's still holding up pretty well is that it offers something a little different to most of its rivals. Peugeot focused on practicality rather than style when designing the 3008 – and as a result it offers a bit more functionality than cars like the Qashqai and Sportage. It's sort of a mix of a hatchback, an SUV and an MPV – with a big 4x4-inspired exterior, a spacious and versatile interior and the agile driving dynamics of a family hatchback.
There are three specification levels on offer with the 3008: entry-level Allure, Active and top-spec Access, plus a hybrid version called Hybrid4. All come with a level of interior quality several rungs above what we were used to on Peugeots prior to the launch of the 3008. Equipment levels are impressive, too, plus all models are competitively priced. There's also a range of efficient engines and an ultra-economical hybrid model.
MPG, running costs & CO2
One of the most economical and efficient cars in its class
Few crossovers come close to matching the Peugeot 3008 when it comes to fuel economy and efficiency. The Hybrid4 version offers the most impressive figure and will do 75mpg and 99g/km CO2 – making it free to tax. That's massively lower than the most efficient versions of the Skoda Yeti, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan. The diesels engines are seriously impressive, too. The 115bhp e-HDi EGC model will do 67.3mpg and 110g/km CO2 and all the other diesel engines in the range do more than 50mpg. The petrol engines are best avoided if possible because they feel underpowered and are much less economical.
Insurance group ratings are fairly low for such a big car, which helps to keep premiums down. Peugeot offers a great-value ‘Just Add Fuel’ package that includes three years’ finance payments, insurance, servicing, car tax and roadside assistance in one monthly payment.
Interior & comfort
Very spacious, and soft suspension makes for a comfortable ride
The Peugeot 3008 may not be the sportiest-handling crossover but it is a very relaxing motorway cruiser. The suspension has been setup to prioritise comfort over sporty handling, which makes sense for a practical car like this, and it soaks up bumps in the road with ease. The only exception is the Hybrid4 model, which has stiffer suspension to cope with the weight of its batteries – and you really notice the difference over a rough road surface.
The cabin is well insulated from wind and road noise and the diesel engines are smooth and quiet, too – making the 3008 relaxing to drive. There's plenty of head and legroom in the front and back, as well, so passengers won’t get uncomfortable on even longer journeys. To ensure the 3008 is as comfortable as possible, go for Dynamic Roll Control and don’t select the optional larger 18-inch alloy wheels.
Practicality & boot space
Boot is huge and the interior is very versatile
Practicality is the 3008's key strength. Its boot has an enormous 512 litres of capacity with the rear seats in place. That dwarfs rivals like the Skoda Yeti (416 litres) and Volkswagen Tiguan (470 litres). The tailgate splits, too, which means you can open it in two parts to make loading super easy. It also has a false floor that splits three ways for extra versatility. If you fold down the standard-fit 60:40 rear seats then boot capacity expands to a cavernous 1,604 litres, with a flat load area. There's loads of interior space as well, so all passengers get plenty of head and legroom. And there are plenty of storage cubbyholes dotted throughout the cabin. The 3008 isn’t a match for seven-seat MPVs like the Vauxhall Zafira when it comes to practicality, but it certainly has an edge over most other compact crossovers.
Reliability & safety
Exemplary safety record but customer feedback is poor
Peugeot's customers don’t appear to have been very impressed with the French brand over the past few years if customer satisfaction surveys are anything to go by. The company was ranked 31st out of 32 in the manufacturer rankings in the 2013 Driver Power survey – a truly dismal result with only city car manufacturer Smart between Peugeot and last place - and this isn’t a shocking one-off result, Peugeot has been at the bottom of the table for the past few years. The 3008 put in a fairly decent showing in the Top 100 Cars league table, though, coming 78th. That result shows its more satisfying to own than the rest of Peugeot's cars – but it still trails a lot of key rivals, particularly the Skoda Yeti which came 1st.
Safety levels are at least first class. It was awarded a five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests and comes fitted with a full complement of airbags, electronic stability control, seatbelt reminders, traction control, ABS and ISOFIX points for child seats.
Engines, drive & performance
Diesel engines are excellent and Dynamic Roll Control option is a must
The 3008 comes with a choice of six engines and a hybrid system. The Hybrid4 was the first ever production car to combine an electric motor with a diesel engine rather than a petrol engine. It offers good performance and incredible economy but it is a bit noisy, expensive and it's also less comfortable than the other models in the range. Of the other engines there are four diesel and two petrols – but we’d steer clear of the latter as they either feel underpowered or have very low fuel economy.
The diesels all offer decent performance and economy. The 110bhp 1.6-litre e-HDi is the most efficient, but if you can afford the slightly higher running costs we’d recommend the 150bhp 2.0-litre HDi engine. We’d also suggest you select the manual gearbox over the EGC semi-automatic, which feels jerky and out of place in the otherwise relaxing 3008. The optional Dynamic Roll Control is also worth forking out for as it makes a massive improvement to the car's handling.
Price, value for money & options
Used values are poor but equipment levels are very good
There are three specification levels to the 3008 plus the Hybrid4 version, which Peugeot counts as a separate model. Entry-level models are called Access, mid-range models are Active, and the range-topper is called Allure. The 3008 is very competitively priced, especially when you consider the equipment levels on offer. Access models get 17-inch alloys, all-round electric windows, electric parking brake with hill assist, LED daytime running lights, MP3 compatible radio/CD player, air-con, and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Active spec also gets Dynamic Roll Control as standard, as well as cruise control and rear parking sensors. Allure models add 18-inch alloys, sat-nav, a reversing camera, dual-zone climate control and tyre pressure monitoring system. The downside to the 3008 is that resale values aren’t particularly strong. If you’re likely to be selling within three or four years, you may be better off going for one its more desirable rivals, as they will hold on to their value better.
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Last updated: 25 Feb 2014