Peugeot has undergone something of a revolution over the past few years. A dramatic redesign, new technology and a more diversified lineup. All designed to widen the appeal of this charismatic manufacturer.
The Peugeot 3008 is the SUV version of the 308 hatch and shares a lot of the same look and DNA.
But does it deliver? Do the new looks only go skin deep?
Let’s find out!
Peugeot 3008 Design
The Peugeot 3008 is a good looking car. We’re big fans of this new Peugeot design language and think it definitely does the brand justice.
The Peugeot 3008 has a similar Peugeot family grille as other models in the range, a frameless design built around the headlights with the silver lion front and centre.
The 3008 has a modern, angular design with lots of panel detailing, a large lower sill, brake ducts, rising beltline and panel detailing everywhere.
At the rear, things turn horizontal, with a central bar running across the hatch with the lights and Peugeot badge. A modest hatch door rolling off a sloped roof completes the look.
The interior of the Peugeot 3008 reflects the modernity of the exterior. It’s a nice place to be, with an upright driving position, large windscreen offering a good view of the road and digital instruments.
The steering wheel is typically Peugeot small and mounted lower than usual. The intent is to provide full control while allowing you to view all the instruments over the wheel, rather than through it.
This works well enough when you’re used to it but will take a little adjustment.
Otherwise, the interior is well put together, includes quality materials, no annoying rattles and a large touchscreen.
However good an SUV looks, it’s about the practicality. How much space does it have? How many people can it transport? How many surfboards can it carry?
The good news is that there is plenty of passenger space inside the Peugeot 3008. Headroom and legroom are generous and there are plenty of storage options in front and back.
The 3008 has 60/40 rear folding seats and fold flat onto the floor, offering plenty of storage.
The boot has been well designed with no awkward protrusions to have to fit suitcases or luggage around, which is a definite plus point.
Driving the Peugeot 3008
Driving the Peugeot 3008 is surprisingly pleasant. Typically, an SUV will be plush and wallowy or taught and highly strung. The 3008 is neither of those things.
It’s stable and inspires confidence while also providing the plushness you want for long journeys or family road trips.
It holds corners well with little body roll and manages to be more interesting to drive than the usual SUV.
Visibility is good out front and to the side but the small rear screen compromises rear visibility a little.
Fortunately, all models get parking sensors front and rear with the option of a reversing camera so it’s less of an issue than you might think.
The 2022 Peugeot 3008 offers two petrol, one diesel and two PHEV models.
The two petrol engines include a 1.2-litre Puretech three cylinder that produces 130 hp and a 1.6-litre four cylinder that produces 180 hp. The diesel is a 1.5-litre BlueHDi four cylinder that produces 130 hp.
The two plug-in hybrid models offer 225 hp or 300 hp depending on whether you opt for a single motor or dual motors. Both use a 13.2kWh battery to provide around 35 miles in electric only mode.
Charging will take around 7 hours from a standard wall socket but a 7.4kW charging system is available as an option. That will charge in around 75 minutes.
All models are available with either a manual or automatic transmission with front or all-wheel drive.
Pros and cons
Every vehicle has pros and cons and the Peugeot 3008 is no different.
Pros of the Peugeot 3008
- Great design with compelling front end
- Quality interiors with lots of passenger space
- Digital instruments as standard
- Good driving experience with few SUV compromises
- Responsive petrol engines
Cons of the Peugeot 3008
- Small steering wheel will take some getting used to
- PHEV models are expensive
- Rear visibility not the best (although countered if you go for reversing camera)
Opinion of the Peugeot 3008
The Peugeot 3008 has to be one of the most handsome SUVs out there right now. In a field full of lookalikes and carbon copies, Peugeot has gone their own way.
We can respect that as it gives the brand a distinct personality and gives us a genuinely interesting car to own and drive.