- 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 16,741 Official economy 55.4mpg Test economy 42.5mpg Options fitted metallic paint (£525)
21 December 2017 – Peugeot 3008 fifth report
Family dramas and icy weather conditions have tested the 3008 in the past two months. Its first trial came on a chilly, damp November evening when I got a phone call while at work to tell me my daughter had accidentally been run over by a 4x4. Luckily she only had a few broken bones in one foot, but she was stuck sitting on the pavement in our local high street unable to walk.
I left work immediately and tried to stay calm as I drove round the M25 to meet up with her. I was grateful for the 3008’s plethora of digital radio stations to take my mind off the drama, and for the ability to use Apple CarPlay to have text messages read out to me and to dictate responses while on the move so I could keep up with any developments without being too distracted or having to pull over.
I was appalled to find out when I arrived at the high street two hours later that Lily was still sitting on the pavement – on a hot water bottle and wrapped up in a duvet thanks to some lovely local residents. A police car was nearby and the officers said that unfortunately there weren’t any available ambulances to take her to hospital.
This is where the 3008’s wide back seat proved its worth. It was decided that I should drive Lily to hospital and the two officers gently lifted her up and slid her sideways onto the car’s back seat. She fitted in easily and had enough room to sit sideways with her legs along the seat. The 3008’s forgiving suspension was a boon too – it soaked up bumps and potholes and didn’t bounce Lily about too much on the 30-minute hospital run.
Over the following few weeks, the 3008 earned the nickname ‘Mum’s Taxi’ because it proved really useful for taking Lily to school and hospital appointments, initially with her in the back seat, and when she was a little better sitting up front with the seat slid a long way back to accommodate her protective boot and crutches.
The next challenge for the 3008 was the wintery weather we’ve had recently. Although my 3008 isn’t fitted with Peugeot’s Grip Control intelligent traction control system or all-weather tyres, its wide tyres coped admirably with the 3-4 inches of snow that settled in our part of Kent for a couple of days.
The damp and slushy road conditions also highlighted a small but clever 3008 feature. Instead of traditional windscreen washers that spray liquid out of nozzles behind the bonnet, the 3008 squirts water out of each wiper arm, directing the water more accurately and using less of it than conventional washers. The washer fluid lasted for more than nine months before it needed a top up.