The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
You’re supposed to view the 3008's iCockpit digital instruments (the speedo, rev counter etc.) by looking over – rather than through – the steering wheel. To make this possible the wheel is mounted lower than you might expect and is barely the size of a dinner plate.
This unconventional arrangement works far better in the 3008 than it does in Peugeot's lower-riding modes, including the 208 and 308. Most will find it easy to get comfortable, but make sure you go for a test drive before buying to be sure; some drivers will find that the steering wheel blocks their view of the instruments.
Entry-level Active versions miss out on adjustable lumbar support, but otherwise the 3008's driver's seat is supportive and comfortable. Most of the controls are also logically positioned, although you have to delve into the touchscreen to adjust the interior temperature, which is a faff. The cruise control buttons are also hidden behind the steering wheel.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The windscreen pillars aren't as thick as they are in some of the competition, so you get a good view out of junctions. And while the small rear screen doesn’t help much when you're reversing, go for Allure trim or above and you'll get front and rear parking sensors as well as rear-view camera.
If you're particularly nervous about parking, it's worth considering the Visio Pack 2. This is optional on most trims (standard on range-topping GT) and adds a self-parking system as well as a 360deg camera that shows obstacles all around the car.
You have to go for at least GT Line trim if you want super bright LED headlights as standard, although you can add these as an option on Allure models.
Sat nav and infotainment
All models have an 8.0in touchscreen positioned high up in the middle of the dashboard. Frustratingly, there's often a delay between you pressing the screen and anything happening, and usability isn't helped by a slightly confusing operating system.
You certainly get plenty of gadgety, though, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring on all but entry-level Active trim. This allows you to use your phone’s sat nav, as well as a selection of other apps, via the car's touchscreen. Alternatively, the 3008 comes with a built-in sat nav if you go for Allure trim or above.
Meanwhile, wireless phone charging is standard from GT Line trim, and range-topping GT models have a premium Focus sound system. Both of these things are available on the cheaper trim levels – you just have to pay extra
Climb inside the 3008 and you're greeted by remarkably upmarket surroundings. Indeed, in the family SUV class at least, you'd need to go for a premium-badged alternative (which would inevitably mean spending more money) to get a classier interior. Choose any trim apart from entry-level Active and, at night, the interior is bathed in the cultivated glow from the all-round ambient lighting.
All of this doesn't mean the 3008's interior is bolted together any better than its peers'. It's far from poorly assembled, but you do notice that some of the interior panel gaps aren't as precise and consistent as in some rivals, including the Skoda Karoq.
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