The Peugeot 3008 is a true crossover that blends the elements of a hatchback, SUV and MPV to create a family car for those who want something practical, rugged and a little bit different from the norm.
It’s almost exactly the same size as a Nissan Qashqai, and is available with a choice of one petrol and four diesel engines. All models are front-wheel drive, apart from the four-wheel-drive Hybrid4, which has a hybrid drivetrain combining a diesel engine with an electric motor.
When it was launched, the 3008 was one of the most appealing crossovers around and, if you choose the right model (the 1.6 HDi 115 Active is our favourite), it’s still competitive. It’s refined, running costs are affordable and the large, versatile boot remains a big attraction.
Rear leg room is tight, however, and despite looking and feeling classy, the 3008’s cabin is showing its age with dated switchgear and infotainment systems. It’s disappointing, too, that only 2.0 HDi versions have Dynamic Roll Control, which really improves the ride and handling. The Hybrid4 model simply doesn’t deliver sufficient economy and efficiency gains to justify its high price.