Review

Peugeot 3008 MPV

Price  £17,250 - £24,715

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 £21,345
The cheapest
Access 1.6 VTi 120 bhp 5dr £17,250
The fastest
Allure HDi 163 FAP Automatic 5dr £24,715
Top of the range
Allure HDi 163 FAP Automatic 5dr £24,715

"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 an MPV with an extremely versatile interior and plenty of useful storage areas. The interior is also stylish and all models also get a huge windscreen that lets in lots of light. Rivals include models such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti.

Buyers can choose between two 1.6-litre petrols, plus 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels. Peugeot also offers the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, which combines grippy four-wheel drive with a diesel-electric hybrid engine that is powerful, yet also extremely economical. The basic 1.6-litre diesel is much cheaper to buy than the hybrid, though, and also offers economy of 65.7mpg. The petrol engines, meanwhile, are thirsty on fuel and don’t feel particularly quick.

The car can be had in Access, Active and top-of-the-range Allure trim levels and all models come with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, and a well thought out interior.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.4 / 5

One of the most economical and efficient cars in its class

The diesel-electric Peugeot 3008 may be quite pricy to buy, but few crossovers come close to matching the car's frugal running costs. It can return economy of 75mpg, and CO2 emissions of 99g/km that mean the car is free to tax. That's much better than you’ll get in cars such as the Skoda Yeti, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan. In fact, not even the new Nissan Qashqai can match the Peugeot's economy.

Even if you don’t want to buy the expensive hybrid, the conventional diesels are economical, too. The basic 1.6-litre diesel e-HDi EGC can achieve economy of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 110g/km, so road tax costs £30 annually. The more powerful diesel gives a better balance between performance and economy, it can return 53.2mph and costs £130 on road tax annually. We would ignore the petrol engines, which are both thirsty on fuel and feel slow.

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

Very spacious, and soft suspension makes for a comfortable ride

Peugeot hasn’t made the 3008 feel particularly sporty, instead it has focussed on making the car extremely comfortable and it soaks up bumps in the road without fuss, making it an excellent car for long journeys. To get the best set up for comfort we would recommend avoiding the larger 18-inch alloy wheels and choosing the Dynamic Roll control suspension.

Interior noise is also well suppressed, too, and there is very little wind or tyre roar.

The only exception, in terms of comfort, is the hybrid model. Its heavy batteries mean that Peugeot had to fit the car with stiffer suspension, and comfort suffers as a result. 

Practicality & boot space

3.8 / 5

Boot is huge and the interior is very versatile

Even with the rear seats in place, the Peugeot 3008 has 512 litres of boot space, which compares well to rival cars’ such as the Skoda Yeti (416 litres) and the Volkswagen Tiguan (470 litres). The boot has also been practically designed, so it splits leaving no load lip and somewhere to sit if needed, and there is a false floor, where you can hide valuables. Folding down the seats reveals 1,604 litres of capacity in total, and a completely flat load bay.

You would expect the 3008 to have lots of passenger space, too, but although that's true in the front seats, the back seats are too cramped for six foot adults’ legs, although there is plenty of headroom. It is also a bit of a shame that the 3008 doesn’t offer a seven-seat option to compete with models such as the Vauxhall Zafira.

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Exemplary safety record but customer feedback is poor

One of the 3008s we drove suffered from a squeaky dashboard, and poor build quality is an area the Peugeot scored particularly badly in our 2014 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Sadly reliability didn’t fare much better, but nonetheless the car finished in 69th position out of 150 cars – a nine-place improvement on last year. Customers did rate it well for both comfort and practicality, though.

There are no worries with safety, at least, and the car got five stars when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP. It comes with all the safety features you would expect of a modern family car, including multiple airbags, electronic stability control, seatbelt reminders, traction control, ABS and ISOFIX mounts for safely fitting child seats.

Engines, drive & performance

3.2 / 5

Diesel engines are excellent and Dynamic Roll Control option is a must

The hybrid Peugeot 3008 was the first hybrid to come fitted with a diesel engine rather than a petrol, plus it offers good performance, getting from 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds, and also excellent economy. It is expensive to buy though, and also less comfortable than other models in the range thanks to stiffer suspension and its noisier engine. We would also avoid the petrols because of their poor fuel economy and lack of decent performance.

The basic diesels make much more sense and, while the 1.6-litre model is the most efficient, it takes 13.6 seconds to get from 0-60mph and we would be tempted to go for the 2.0-litre diesel. It gets there in 9.7 seconds and feels a lot quicker.

Of the petrol engines the 1.6-litre VTi gets from 0-60mph in 11.8 seconds, while the turbocharged THP 1.6-litre model drops that down to just 8.9 seconds.

We would also warn against opting for the automated manual gearbox, which upsets the otherwise smooth progress of the Peugeot. The optional Dynamic Roll Control, on the other hand, is worth going for because it makes the Peugeot more fun to drive and also more comfortable. 

Price, value for money & options

3.6 / 5

Used values are poor but equipment levels are very good

Access represents the bottom of the Peugeot 3008 range, and the model gets 17-inch alloy wheels, front and back electric windows, air-conditioning, a Bluetooth phone connection, electric parking brake with hill assist, and a CD player that is MP3 compatible.  Mid-range Active spec adds to that list with Dynamic Roll control as standard, parking sensors, and cruise control. Top-of-the-range Allure models get even more kit including larger 18-inch alloy wheels, climate control, a revering camera, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system. The grippy four-wheel drive Hybrid model is classed as separate to the rest of the range by Peugeot and can be had in Allure and Active specifications.

A recent study by used car experts Glass found that Peugeots will lose more value than rivals from Volkswagen, Skoda and Ford, which is worth bearing in mind.

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Last updated 
23 Jun 2014

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