- 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)
19 October 2017 – Peugeot 3008 fourth report
Last month I traded my 3008 for a 2014 example for a couple of days because we needed the older car for a photoshoot. At first I was struck by the fact that I – well, the car rather than me – no longer turned heads wherever I went. The gently curvy (some might say bulbous and chubby) bodywork of the previous 3008 wasn’t offensive, but it was mightily dull compared with the latest incarnation of the model.
However, I soon discovered it had many of the strong points I appreciated on my 3008. Both cars had a high driving position that gave an excellent view ahead, and both cars had an eminently comfortable ride and cruised quietly at motorway speeds.
I didn’t have to slum it when it came to equipment either, the older Peugeot’s Active trim gave me automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, rear parking sensors and cruise control. And the interior actually felt roomier than that of my car because it had a smaller centre console and dash.
The 2014 model had a 1.6 HDI diesel engine, which pulled more strongly across the rev range than my three-cylinder 1.2 petrol. And in spite of its bigger capacity, the diesel managed a clear 10mpg more than my petrol, making it cheaper to live with day to day.
So what did the 2014 car’s owner think of the latest model? Louise Sleight had owned her 3008 from new and had been happy with it so far, but was starting to think it may be time to replace it, so was keen to sample the latest model. Like me, she appreciated the car’s good visibility, practical interior, good level of equipment and gargantuan boot.
As I found out on a recent supermarket shop - it really is a 10-bagger - and you can also squeeze in a large bag of cat litter.
Louise found these qualities just as good on the 2017 model. She also liked my Peugeot’s little steering wheel saying that it made parking even easier than in her car. The more SUV-esque styling of the newer car also impressed her, commenting that it had an air of Range Rover Evoque from the side.
Also worthy of note was the quietness of the engine in comparison to her diesel, which was fairly noisy when cold and if revved hard, although she preferred the extra pulling power and acceleration her car possessed.
However, while there was much that she liked about the 2017 model, for Louise, there was one thing that stopped her from replacing her old car with it. Her 3008 had a lower boot load lip and crucially a split tailgate with a bottom half that you could open up separately to form a flat, fairly low ledge that made it easy for her two beloved dogs to get in and out.
She often drove them to their favourite exercise spots, and definitely wanted to stick with a car with a split tailgate. So, in spite of its appealing looks and other attractive features, the latest 3008 wasn’t going to tempt Louise out of her 2014 version.