The car: Peugeot 3008 1.2 Puretech 130 Stopstart Allure
Run by: Claire Evans, consumer editor
Why it’s here: Peugeot has transformed its 3008 people carrier into a rugged SUV and given it the latest in-car information technology and safety equipment. Are these changes enough to make it a family favourite?
Needs to: Prove economical and comfortable enough on a 90-mile daily commute and be powerful enough to transport a family of five around on the weekends
Price £23,755 Price as tested £24,280 Miles covered 7649 Official economy 55.4mpg Test economy 40.6mpg Options fitted metallic paint (£525)
7 August 2017 – Peugeot 3008 second report
The summer has thrown a variety of new challenges at the Peugeot 3008, most of which it’s risen to impressively well. First came an airport run with five people and a copious amount of luggage as our family headed off to visit relatives in Australia. We couldn’t quite fit in all five suitcases, so had to be accompanied by my niece in a second car, but at least my four passengers had a comfortable ride and plenty of space to spread out on the brief 30-minute trip.
Next up was a massive day trip to Crewe and Manchester. The round trip from Kent to Cheshire and beyond was 450 miles, but thanks to the supportive seats and hushed interior of the 3008 at motorway speeds the driving wasn’t too arduous, even though we did encounter more than our fair share of traffic jams.
I was grateful for the standard manually adjustable lumbar support and the satnav’s find a fuel station feature, which I used to locate the nearest petrol station when we were on the outskirts of Manchester.
It was also great to have so many useful storage compartments to stash our phones and other provisions during the long-haul drive. The 3008’s door bins are deep and wide and the centre console has a good-sized tray up front and a huge lidded bin at the back that proved really handy for tucking cameras and other kit out of sight when we stopped at motorway services.
All in all, I'd rate the 3008 up there with the Volkswagen Golf in terms of long-distance comfort, which is high praise because the VW is one of the best long-haulers I've driven recently; and it's got more storage my previous Audi Q2.
The long drive also boosted the 3008’s fuel economy, taking it up past 45mpg for the first time in my stint of ownership. Town driving still takes it toll on economy though, so the average mpg is still only a fairly poor 36.8mpg.
It’s not the perfect driving companion though. While I’m grateful for the standard automatic emergency braking function, it’s sometimes a bit over enthusiastic, telling me to brake when I don’t think it’s actually necessary.
The Visiopark parking system is a bit over cautious too – when I reverse the car into a parking space the camera view shows a red horizontal line that indicates when you’ve reversed as far back as you should. However, this is set more than a foot away from the back of the parking space and it means the car’s very prominent front end is sticking out of the front of smaller parking spaces, putting it at risk of being swiped by other vehicles.
Don’t think that’s I’m putting the 3008 down though, the fact that I’m noticing such small flaws shows just how good an all-rounder this latest 3008 is.