A 118bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine provides the entry point to the 3008 range, but it’s the turbocharged 154bhp version that really shines. It delivers strong mid-range pull and revs sweetly all the way to the redline. The 110bhp 1.6 diesel is pretty smooth and has enough punch, while the 2.0-litre diesels always have bags of grunt in reserve. The 197bhp diesel hybrid has impressive pace, too.
Opt for a 3008 with Dynamic Roll Control and it combines a comfortable ride with good body control and plenty of grip. Unfortunately, cars without this system lean more through bends and have a firm low-speed ride. The 3008 is easy to drive around town, but its overly light steering limits the fun on B-roads.
Even though the 3008 is a tall car, wind noise isn’t excessive. There’s also little in the way of tyre roar, and it’s only over really rough surfaces that you hear the suspension going about its business. The petrol engines are smooth and free-revving, while the diesels sound clattery under hard acceleration, but are hushed when cruising. The hybrid system in the Hybrid4 version works impressively smoothly.
No versions will break the bank. Even the crackerjack 154bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine still returns almost 40mpg and emits less than 170g/km of carbon dioxide. The ultra-efficient e-HDi averages more than 60mpg and emits less than 130g/km of CO2. The Hybrid is particularly impressive, with figure of 74mpg and less than 100g/km. Insurance groupings are low, too, but the 3008 won’t hold its value as well as key rivals.
The 3008 looks well-finished from high-quality materials, right down to the switchgear, carpets and hidden plastic bits. Mechanically, most parts are already tried and tested elsewhere in the company's range. The car was awarded maximum points for reliability in the 2012 JD Power survey.
Peugeot is renowned for its diligent approach to safety, and the 3008 has earned the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. All models come with six airbags and electronic stability control as standard, but if you occasionally do a spot of towing or trekking up the odd green lane, you may want to specify Grip Control. This electronic system allows you to choose between five different settings to boost traction on slippery surfaces.
Complete with a passenger-side grab handle, an electronic handbrake and enough switchgear to keep an airline pilot happy, the snazzy centre console totally dominates the cabin. It effectively splits the front section of the cabin in two, and places the driver at the centre of the action. The lofty driving position gives a great view of the road ahead, but the stereo is fiddly and you have to stretch to reach it.
There’s plenty of head- and shoulder-room for five adults, but rear kneeroom is a bit tight. The boot is far more impressive, because it’s big and has a clever three-stage floor that lets you divide the space in two. The rear seats are easy to fold, too, thanks to a couple of levers located either side of the boot – a gentle tug sends each section of the 60/40 split seat back tumbling onto the cushions. The split tailgate makes the 3008 even more practical.
Entry-level Access cars come with electric front windows and air-con, but we reckon it’s worth upgrading to Active trim for its alloys, automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors, cruise control, powered rear windows and Bluetooth. SR adds sat-nav and Allure models get climate control, a panoramic roof and a head-up display.
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