- High MPG from both petrol and Diesel engines
- Huge boot-space
- Lovely cushioned ride
- Questionable Styling
- Loud Diesel Engine
- Petrol unit struggles pressing-on
Introduced to target the comprehensive offerings from Nissan, with their Qashqai, and now Renault, with their Kadjar, the 3008 offers a unique blend of a high ride height, increased ground clearance and people carrier styling. This is a car like no other in it’s segment, a car which doesn’t try to look like a 4x4 or adhere to any generic styling cues. The looks may divide opinion but the practicality and efficiency figures are difficult to argue with. Is this the perfect car for your family?
On the Road
Both engines, the 1.6 diesel and 1.2 petrol, will provide you with plenty of go-power for motorway cruising and urban commuting respectively - the diesel would be our preference though, although it’s quite a bit more audible from the driver’s seat. You get a slick 6 speed manual gearbox as standard with the 3008 but for a relaxed car of this nature, we’d certainly recommend opting for the Efficient Automatic Transmission which is available on the diesel model. It’s not the most intellectual gearbox but it’s smooth and easy to predict.
The petrol engine is a great engine. It’s small displacement (only 1.2 litres) and the fact there are only three cylinders makes for some really attractive efficiency figures, and it’s a unit that works superbly well in the small cars in the Peugeot range. The 3008 is a bigger car though, and weighs almost 1,500kg, so you do feel as though you’re thrashing the life out of the unit when charging from the lights or overtaking on the motorway in excess of the speed limit - not that you'd be doing that anyway... If you take it easy, spend a lot of your time on urban roads and don’t do a huge amount of miles each year then will suit you better. It is cheaper to buy too.
The 3008 is a very appealing car for its purpose. The high ride height and soft suspension makes the urban commute a pleasure, even on the most pothole-blemished roads. The 3008 encourages you to make steady progress over motorways but is easily unsettled in the corners. Body roll becomes overbearing and the the handling is blunt when you try and get the most out of the car in the bends. You’ve got to remember, it’s a big family car and wasn’t built for this purpose. For the performance required; which is pulling out onto busy roundabouts, exiting T-junctions and overtaking on motorways - the 3008 is very much on-par with competitors.
Steering wheel feedback is loose and numb, if this was a sports car you’d be infuriated, but for casually getting through traffic and navigating rush hour in suburbia, the wheel is light in your hands and simple to use.
Our only real gripe with handling of the car is that the front tyres seem quick to let-loose if you’re too violent on the pedal, particularly in the wet. It’s not a huge issue but the car may feel slightly jerky when someone lets you out of a junction, as the tyres scrap for traction - which they quickly find but it’s a gripe nonetheless.
There is one petrol engine available with the 3008 - the 1.2 litre PureTech 130 unit, which won the International Engine of the Year Award for 2015. This is the quieter option. Not silent, but quieter. There is also a 1.6litre BlueHdi Diesel option, which is the one we tested and this engine is certainly ‘audible’ to say the least. Even while idling there is a noticeable grumble emanating through the dashboard, this worsens while accelerating and the diesel really roars if you’re in a rush. Not exactly ideal in a peaceful family car.
The ride is still comfy though and the 3008 still manages to keep you relaxed and composed, despite the noisy diesel unit. The scarce amount of plastics on the interior don’t rattle too much either, which is always nice.
In the car
Firstly, you’re welcomed into the 3008 by huge seats for the driver and front passenger - leather clad on our Allure model. From the drivers seat you’ve got two dials visible through the steering wheel, your speedometer and rev-counter, but your speed is also displayed on an extending Heads Up Display which erects itself upon ignition, as does the pop-up centre console. All very tech-y! Also contributing to the futuristic feel of the 3008 are the row of flick-switches above the cubby hole in the centre console. The buttons have chrome accents and light up when activated. These control functions like the hazard lights, central locking and on-screen info and feel like they've been pulled straight out of the cockpit of a fighter jet - a really nice touch from Peugeot.
One small quirk, there is a twisty-knob in the centre of the entertainment system, naturally you’d assume this is a scroller for the volume. Well, you’d be wrong, there are separate ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons which you have to keep tapping to change the volume - this is probably the only counter-intuitive feature of all the controls though, we’re happy to report. Everything else just makes sense.
Loads of space in the 3008 courtesy of the box-y design and high roofline. The boot is a good example of this. You get a massive 512 litres with the seats in place, and there’s a false floor providing more, and even a splitting tailgate - ideal for summer picnics with the kids! For comparison, the Qashqai, which is the direct competitor of the 3008 comes with just 430 litres. Fold the seats flat in the 3008 and you get a massive 1,604 litres of space, fold them down in the Qashqai and you only get 1,585. Both of these cars are then dwarfed by the Yeti, though. When you fold the seats down in the Skoda you get a whole 1,604 litres! So if you have an obsession with flat-pack furniture then the Skoda might be the one for you, but if you rarely fold your seats down, the 3008 is spot-on.
Headroom is fine with the 3008, again thanks to the sky-high roofline. Leg room is good in the front and rear too, you can easily carry 4 adults in comfort, probably even 5 with the wide middle seat in the back. Full marks here.
Even though it’s a significantly louder engine, we’d still certainly recommend getting the 1.6 HDi diesel. You get a huge 68.9mpg from this unit and it only emits 108g/km of CO2 so road tax is just £20 for the year under current rates. The petrol isn’t bad though, you get a nice 57.6mpg and it’s only £30 for the year - probably better if you don’t do an awful lot of miles.
The diesel is also the cheapest to insure, in insurance group 15, whereas the petrol sits itself in group 21.
Reading owner reviews online suggest that the 3008 is a relatively problem-free vehicle, we know the HDi and Puretech engines have famously reliable and sturdy engines, so the only vulnerability comes in build quality, but even that has come on leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. Peugeot will be the first to admit that build quality and reliability haven’t been their strong points in the past, but that’s not true at all any more.
The 3008 scores a solid 5 stars on the Euro NCAP safety rating, with a 97% score on the safety assist technology, 86% on the adult occupant protection and 81% on child protection - so you can rest assured that the 3008 is a pretty safe car for you and your family.
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