2014 Peugeot 3008 review
* Face-lifted SUV driven in the UK * Extra equipment now fitted as standard * On sale now, priced from £16,995...
The Peugeot 3008 has been updated to bring its looks in line with the company's latest models, including the 208, 2008 and 308.
The headlights now have a sleeker design and on higher-spec models, xenons are now standard. Thick chrome edging around the grille and foglights complete the front-end changes, while a darker tint for the tail-lights is the only change at the rear.
The updates also include a price cut for the 3008 range of £650 for Access models, £550 for Active, and £150 for Allure cars. There is no change to the price of the range-topping Hybrid4 model.
What’s the 2014 Peugeot 3008 like to drive?
The 3008 is offered with same range of strong, flexible engines as before, which means the entry-level car is a 118bhp petrol, although most buyers will be best served by either the 113bhp diesel or 154bhp turbo petrol.
Both of these pull well at low revs, although the more powerful petrol carries the performance through the mid-range and right up to the redline. The 154bhp engine – as well as the 2.0-litre diesel – also comes with Peugeot’s Dynamic Roll Control system as standard, which counteracts the wallowy feeling that can otherwise affect the 3008 through corners.
Cars without Dynamic Roll Control have a slightly firm edge to the low-speed ride and aren’t as composed through bends. That said, all 3008s have plenty of grip. The steering is fine around town, but at higher speeds it's slightly vague and isn’t as well weighted as the class leaders.
The 113bhp diesel only sounds gruff under hard acceleration, but it’s never raucous. Refinement elsewhere is on par with most rivals; wind noise isn't intrusive, and road noise only becomes a problem on models with the largest, 18-inch alloys.
What’s the 2014 Peugeot 3008 like inside?
There are no changes to cabin space for this face-lift, so the 3008 remains as roomy and practical as ever.
The SUV bodystyle means there’s plenty of head- and shoulder-room, and although rear legroom isn’t as good as in the best rivals, there's enough space for four adults.
The 3008’s boot is wide, deep and has a multi-position floor that allows you to divide up the space in three different ways. The split tailgate is another useful option when you’re loading heavier items, plus it can also double as a picnic perch. Handy levers in the boot mean you can drop the rear seats easily, too.
The lofty driving position and raised central console give the 3008 a real SUV feel, while there’s plenty of adjustment for the driver to get comfortable.
The level of equipment across the range is also impressive. The base level Access now gets Bluetooth as standard, plus you still get four electric windows and air conditioning.
Mid-spec Active models get a front passenger seat that folds flat, a leather steering wheel, underfloor storage in front of the back seats, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, and cruise control.
Range-topping Allure trim adds 18-inch alloys, front parking sensors, a sat-nav, a panoramic glass roof and climate control. A new reversing camera, colour head-up display and driver’s seat lumbar adjustment are also included.
Should I buy one?
Our favourite 3008 used to be the 154bhp petrol in Active trim, which offered the best blend of performance and kit, and included Dynamic Roll Control as standard. Unfortunately, this model has been dropped from the range. The punchy petrol is now available only in pricier Allure trim.
We still think Active spec cars are the best buys, though, so if you’re set on a 3008 we’d suggest the 113bhp diesel. That said, there are even better options outsideof the Peugeot line-up.
The latest VW Golf Estate is a better choice if space is a priority, and if you're set on a small SUV, the Nissan Qashqai is our top recommendation.
The 3008 is still a decent small SUV, then, but despite the recent updates it's no longer among the best in class.
What Car? says…
Peugeot 3008 1.6 HDi 115
Engine size 1.6-litre diesel
Price from £18,795
Torque 199lb ft
0-62mph 13.6 seconds
Top speed 112mph
Fuel economy 58.9mpg
Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP 156
Engine size 1.6-litre turbo petrol
Price from £21,500
Torque 177lb ft
0-62mph 8.9 seconds
Top speed 125mph
Fuel economy 40.9mpg