Peugeot 3008 SUV - Interior & comfort
The Peugeot 3008 has one of the best interiors we’ve come across in recent years
The Peugeot 3008 deserves to be heaped with praise for its interior design and represents a new best in class. Peugeot is really spoiling us with the quality of interior materials, which range from excellent soft-touch plastics on top of the dashboard to attractively textured cloth running along the inside edge of the doors in our test cars.
It’s also pleasing to report that while Peugeot fits the 3008 with a small steering wheel that’s designed to be looked over (rather than through) when viewing the dials, the ergonomics of this now look to have been resolved. Taller and shorter drivers who find the steering wheel in the Peugeot 208 obscures the gauges shouldn’t have the same problem in the 3008.
Thanks to its great interior and ride quality, the 3008 is one of the most comfortable cars in its class.
Peugeot 3008 dashboard
Peugeot’s decision to fit all 3008s with its i-Cockpit is welcome and generous. This 12.3-inch digital display replaces the speedometer, fuel gauge and other dashboard dials and can be configured to show sat-nav guidance, media playlists or information about fuel economy and journey times. Audi has offered a similar setup for some time, but usually as a pricey option. Peugeot’s decision to make it standard may cause other carmakers to follow suit in an effort to keep up.
Another nice touch is the row of seven silvered toggle switches below the eight-inch infotainment touchscreen. These look almost like piano keys and work in conjunction with the touchscreen, bringing up music, ventilation and other modes. You still have to use the screen itself to adjust the temperature and other settings, though, but the screen is capacitive rather than resistive, so it’s much easier to operate than some setups.
The 3008 range kicks off with Active trim, and choosing this gets you rear parking sensors, two-zone climate control, DAB digital radio, automatic headlights and wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels and autonomous emergency braking. Active trim also includes a traffic-sign recognition system, which saves you having to hunt for speed-limit signs on unfamiliar roads. The aforementioned i-Cockpit display obviously comes as standard, too, while the eight-inch infotainment touchscreen features MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Moving up to Allure trims requires spending about £1,800 and we suggest you do this, partly because it adds a number of extra safety features including blind-spot monitoring and auto-dipping headlights.
Upgrading to Allure also makes the alloy wheels 18 inches in diameter, bundles sat nav into the infotainment system, puts parking sensors at the front of the car as well as the rear, adds a reversing camera and spritzes up the exterior with some extra chrome detailing. The seats, meanwhile, are clad in part-synthetic leather/part-cloth upholstery, while the dashboard and doors receive attractive fabric trim panels.
GT Line trim is a further £1,900 or so, and it sees wireless phone charging fitted, adds further exterior and interior trim adornments and makes the headlights full LED affairs.
Introduced in early 2018, GT Line Premium adds extra kit like keyless entry, a powered tailgate and massaging front seats. There’s also an opening panoramic sunroof surrounded by ambient lighting and 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels.
Top-spec GT trim includes almost everything you could ask for: keyless entry and go, adaptive cruise control, a hands-free power-opening boot, fine Nappa leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and a massaging driver’s seat all feature. This trim is paired exclusively with the 178bhp diesel engine or either hybrid engine, though, and this combination of high-end extras pushes the 3008’s price up significantly.
Just because the 3008 is well equipped, doesn’t mean there isn’t a fairly lengthy options list. Metallic paint is a near-essential for many and costs just over £500. Keyless entry and go is reasonably priced at £350 (even more so if you spend a further £400 on the powered tailgate), while we always recommend specifying a full-size spare wheel if possible, for which Peugeot asks £100.
Power-folding door mirrors are too cheap at just over £100 to pass up, although heated seats with a driver’s massaging feature may be an indulgence too far at £550.