All-new Peugeot 3008 SUV first drive review
As a Peugeot owner, I shall try to remain objective in this review. The only family car we run is the 5008 seven-seater. We didn’t buy it for its stylish looks or its amazing performance – it was bought because my wife and I have three young children – and it’s the perfect car for our needs. Yes; it’s a tool.
The all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV, like any other vehicle, is fundamentally a tool. But, this small SUV will have huge emotional and desirability appeal as well, due to its looks. The 3008 SUV, which replaces the 3008 Crossover, turned Italian heads on my early drive of it around Bologna. I have no reason to doubt that, we Brits, will give it a second glance when it comes to our shores at the end of the year, too.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you’d have to have seriously skewed taste if you didn’t think the all-new Peugeot 3008 is proportioned nicely. The elevated ride height, and confident grille design serve to give it a fashionable look, with the only design flaw being the tiny rear indicators. Peugeot could have made these larger within the otherwise attractive tail-light clusters.
It has an interior that is on a par with premium executive cars. This is because the all-new 3008 SUV comes kitted out with loads of tech and first class materials. The small steering wheel, and Peugeot’s latest i-Cockpit display, which integrates a 12.3-inch screen behind the wheel, look amazing. The system means you can alter the arrangement of the dials, decide what is shown and have sat-nav directions inside the driver’s instrument binnacle.
Of course, a car can look great and have all the equipment in the world stuffed into it – but it’s no good if it doesn’t drive well. With the all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV, there are no worries to be had in this area either. We got to drive the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engine with 120PS and automatic transmission, which is forecast to be the most popular model in Britain. Peugeot doesn’t need a crystal ball to predict this. An average 67.3mpg and 108g/km of CO2 means low running costs for the auto, combined with pretty punchy performance.
Behind the all-new Peugeot 3008’s weeny wheel, the SUV feels dynamic and the weighting is spot on. The car grips bitumen like a cat’s claws grasp flesh – with ‘fun’ being the overriding feeling that bubbles to the top of the pot of emotions experienced driving the Peugeot. Mid-range pulling power is particularly good, so you can pick up the pace easily. The six-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission is a slick shifting unit, but stamp your right foot on the gas and you’ll become aware of the all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV’s diesel propulsion. That said; the car still delivers an outstandingly hushed ride for an oil-burner. Tyre roar and wind whistle are kept out of the cabin, too. All this just adds to the new 3008’s sense of refinement.
The car offers a composed ride with seats that support you and your passengers nicely. The all-new 3008’s suspension sopped up some evil potholes on our Italian test route without complaining. Significantly, the car is not a leaner on bends. Indeed, body roll is very well contained, which was something that surprised us. Small SUVs aren’t always the type of vehicle to stay so unruffled on twisty bits of tarmac. Big thumbs up to Peugeot on this, then.
Rear space in the Peugeot 3008 SUV is commendable. You’ll get two adults in the back comfortably – or three children on booster seats. Legroom and headroom is very good in the front and back – even for six-foot-tall occupants. And the massive 520-litre boot will swallow two pushchairs, as well as shopping, easily.
We’re excited about the all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV. It’s a good looking family car that drives well and delivers a comfortable ride for all. Furthermore, it’s economical and practical – and, from an emotive point of view, you’ll be pleased to see it parked outside your house. The entry price for the new model will be £21,795, but expect to pay around £25,000 for the 1.6-litre BlueHDi we drove. All in all, there’s no reason why the all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV shouldn’t be a big seller in Britain.
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Pros ‘n’ Cons
- Stylish Looks √
- Ride Comfort √
- Kit √
- Boot Space √
- Rear Indicators X
Fast Facts (1.6-litre BlueHDi Auto)
- Max speed: 115 mph
- 0-62 mph: 11.6 secs
- Combined mpg: 67.3
- Engine layout: 1560cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 120
- CO2: 108 g/km
- Price: £25,000 (Approx.)