Peugeot 3008 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Introduction

Peugeot 3008 2021 front
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 front
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Rear tracking
  • Peugeot 3008 2020 Dashboard
  • Peugeot 3008 2020 Rear seats
  • Peugeot 3008 2020 Rear seats
  • Peugeot 3008 2020 PHEV charge socket detail
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Left tracking
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Front static
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Boot
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Radiator detail
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 front
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Rear tracking
  • Peugeot 3008 2020 Dashboard
  • Peugeot 3008 2020 Rear seats
  • Peugeot 3008 2020 Rear seats
  • Peugeot 3008 2020 PHEV charge socket detail
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Left tracking
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Front static
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Boot
  • Peugeot 3008 2021 Radiator detail
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Whether you’re a fan of how the Peugeot 3008 looks or not, one thing’s for sure: the French firm has certainly tried to give its family SUV a striking appearance. It taps right into the current trend for bold styling, whereas its predecessor, a former What Car? Car of the Year, looked frumpier and more like an MPV.

A mid-life facelift also saw the 3008 adopt some design cues from the sharp-looking 208 hatchback and 2008 SUV, such as ‘sabre-toothed’ LED daytime running lights, a frameless front grille and smoked LED tail-lights.

So, stick with us and we'll steer you through the maze of engines, trim levels and options available. And if you fancy saving big bucks on a Peugeot 3008, or indeed any other new car, head over to our New Car Buying service.

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Our favourite engine in the 3008 line-up is the ‘entry-level’ 129bhp 1.2-litre petrol (badged PureTech 130). You might imagine that such a small engine would struggle to pull the 3008 along, but acceleration is more than respectable. If you’re after more poke there’s the 179bhp 1.6-litre PureTech 180. It’s rather pricey, but performance is strong, although you do need to work it harder than equivalent engines in rivals, such as the Skoda Karoq.

Suspension and ride comfort

The standard suspension is, on the whole, pretty good for comfort. It takes the edge off ridges and expansion joints that the firmer-riding Seat Ateca would tend to thump over – although you'll still get a hefty jolt if you strike a particularly vicious pothole. Overall, the rival Karoq is a more comfortable alternative.

Big wheels often ruin ride comfort but that isn't the case here; go for 19in alloys and the 3008 is still pretty agreeable. However, the Grip Control package does have an adverse impact on smoothness. It includes all-weather tyres with stiffer, less absorbent sidewalls that make the ride more restless.

The plug-in hybrids, meanwhile, are considerably heavier than other versions of the 3008, and, although this extra weight is carried by a more sophisticated rear suspension set-up, a regular 3008 is still cushier – passengers will find themselves swaying in their seats more over uneven road surfaces, for example.

Peugeot 3008 2021 Rear tracking

Handling

Although SUVs are never as agile as conventional hatchbacks, some are still surprisingly good fun to drive. Unfortunately, the 3008 isn't one of them. There's noticeable body lean through tight twists and turns, plus the nose pitches downwards under heavy braking. Don't go thinking it's a wallowy barge though, because it isn't, and it grips the road well enough.

Both the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq are more agile and more enjoyable to drive along a winding road, with steering that provides more sensation and serves to give you more confidence. The 3008's light steering is great when you're manoeuvring, though.

The considerable extra weight of the hybrids’ batteries leads is felt in increased body lean, and this and makes them feel less agile through quick changes of direction. So despite the Hybrid4 having plenty of power and impressive traction out of tight bends thanks to its four-wheel drive system, you’re unlikely to have any more fun than you would in a regular 3008.

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £4,657
Target Price from £27,840
Save up to £4,657
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Leasing deals
From £274pm
RRP price range £29,325 - £47,380
Number of trims (see all)4
Number of engines (see all)4
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol, hybrid, diesel
MPG range across all versions 222 - 60.8
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £850 / £2,272
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £1,700 / £4,543
Available colours