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)
4 September 2017 – Peugeot 3008 third report
The 3008’s striking looks have gained it some attention recently. It caught the eye of my neighbour, Judy, earlier this month, and she couldn’t resist asking for a closer look around the car. It turned out she had ordered a new 2.0 BlueHDI version in GT trim back in June and was waiting for until September to take delivery of it on a new 67-numberplate.
After two months of waiting she was starting to forget what her new car was like, so asked for a sit in mine to remind herself. She was also keen to find out what I thought of the 3008.
Judy had recently become a grandmother for the fourth time and had got fed up of trying to park her Range Rover in our stingily-sized south-east London and Kent car park spaces. She recalled one instance when she’d actually had to clamber over the back seats and get out of the car via the boot because there was no way she could open the doors once she’d shoehorned it into a space.
She and her husband had seen adverts online for the new butch-looking 3008 and put in on their shortlist of cars that might be more practical alternatives to the Range Rover. They weren’t totally convinced it was a good car to downsize to, but when they found out what good value for money it was and how much equipment it came with as standard, they were sold on the car.
For less than £35,000 they could get a top of the range model that came with full LED lights, keyless entry, a remote foot-operated tailgate, leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and Peugeot’s high-tech i-Cockpit infotaiment system. To get a Range Rover with similar spec they’d have been looking to spend around twice that amount.
Even though my car is only Allure trim, she was impressed with the quality feel and look of its interior and the fact that it is significantly smaller than her previous car yet still roomy enough for her grandchildrens’ child seats.
I’ll be catching up with Judy when she’s taken delivery of her 3008 to get an update.