The new Peugeot 3008 has been revealed, and will go on sale in the UK next January. This latest version of Peugeot's small SUV gets new styling, more safety technology and an upgraded interior, and will go up against rivals like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and our Small SUV of the Year, the Nissan Qashqai.
What is it?
The 3008 was What Car?'s Car of the Year in 2010, so this latest model should be well received. It has much more of an SUV appearance than its predecessor, taking on a more aggressive and muscular look.
The new car’s dimensions make it the same length as key rivals like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Renault Kadjar, and while the new 3008 sits higher off the ground than before, its overall height remains the same.
Thanks to clever packaging, though, the new 3008 offers more knee room and a bigger boot. The current 3008 already has a big boot, so expect this new model – which features a sliding floor to make loading easier and which you can sit on - to swallow a family-sized load of luggage without any trouble.
What engines can I choose from?
Likely to be the best seller in the UK is Peugeot’s 1.6-litre diesel – it offers 118bhp and should return over 70mpg, and previous experience has found it to be a particularly flexible engine that’s easy to recommend. Higher-powered versions of that diesel engine are also available, as well as a larger 2.0-litre option, while petrol buyers can choose from a range of 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre engines.
Drivers can choose from five and six-speed manual gearboxes, and a six-speed automatic.
In order to appeal to keener drivers, Peugeot is also offering a new Driver Sport Pack for this latest model, which makes the throttle more responsive, and adds the option of steering wheel-mounted paddles for the automatic gearbox.
What equipment does it come with?
We had few criticisms of the old 3008 - chiefly that while its interior offers the raised driving height and good visibility that buyers in this market love, its technology was off the pace with the rest of the market.
For this latest model, Peugeot has fitted its latest i-Cockpit layout. Essentially, i-Cockpit means more technology, and fewer buttons. That's why you'll find an 8.0in touchscreen in the center of the dashboard, alongside a larger 12.3in display right in front of the driver. That display is in place of conventional dials, and is similar to other systems offered by the likes of Audi and Volkswagen.
Drivers can choose between five driving modes, which in turn alter the 3008’s traction control settings. There’s Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand modes, and also one which turns the system off altogether.
Peugeot is really ramping up the amount of safety equipment available in its cars, and that’s why the new 3008 comes with the latest safety gear including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. There’s also a new 360-degree camera to help with parking.
The 3008 isn’t short on connectivity options, either, and drivers can control their phones through the car’s infotainment screen using the MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay apps. A wireless charging mat is also included.
How much does it cost?
The new 3008 is likely to cost from around £21,000 when sales begin early next year. That’s a small premium over today’s car, and makes the 3008 more expensive than rivals like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, which are priced from £18,000 and £18,995 respectively.
It’s also significantly more expensive than our current Small SUV of the Year, the £18,545 Nissan Qashqai.
How good are its rivals?
Competition in the small SUV market is some of the toughest around. Both the Hyundai Tucson and the Kia Sportage are well regarded here, but it's the Nissan Qashqai that rules the roost. The new 3008 will have to be very good indeed to compete against those rivals.
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