If you prefer a petrol engine to a diesel take a look at the 128bhp 1.2-litre unit. You might think that sounds too small to pull the 3008, but it’s surprisingly peppy and eager to rev. It’s available with the choice of a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox, whereas the more powerful 163bhp 1.6-litre petrol is available as an automatic only. We’ve not driven that engine yet, but with the added cost to buy and run it, we’d expect the 1.2 to be the petrol of choice.
Three diesels are available. The 1.6-litre comes in either 99bhp or 118bhp outputs, and we’d plump for the latter. It’s a flexible engine that might not be particularly fast, but it does offer strong real-world pace and will pull the car ably even when fully loaded.
We’re yet to try the 99bhp version, but we’d expect it to feel sluggish in comparison. There are two 2.0-litre diesels, which come in outputs of 148bhp – only with a manual transmission – and 178bhp – only with an automatic. They may be punchier, but not by enough to justify the extra outlay. The 178bhp unit is strong and has decent economy, and it’s refined too, but it’s very expensive compared to the rest of the range.
Peugeot 3008 ride comfort
There’s only one suspension set-up on the 3008, and on the whole it’s pretty good. Its ride is not quite as soft as a Nissan Qashqai’s, but it does take the edge off ridges and expansion joints that the firmer-riding Seat Ateca tends to thud over. Strike a particularly vicious pothole, though, and it’ll still give you a hefty jolt.
Because of this softness the body moves around a fair bit over undulating roads, and the consistent bobbing can jostle you and your passengers around. However, it’s something you’ll be aware of, rather than annoyed by.
Against convention, adding bigger 19in wheels doesn’t ruin the ride, but the Grip Control package does have an impact. This comes with stiffer all-weather tyres that make the 3008’s ride more restless.
Peugeot 3008 handling
Perfectly adequate but not exceptional is a good summation of the 3008’s handling prowess. On the motorway the steering is a little vague around the straight-ahead, and the small steering wheel adds some nervousness to the helm that requires getting used to. Otherwise it offers reasonable steering weight, giving the driver confidence as you sweep the car through turns.
Despite the 3008’s soft suspension set-up the body stays quite level in bends, but there is a bit of downward pitch at the front under braking and float at the rear coming off crests in the road. However, it remains secure, grips well, and stays light and manageable around town.
If driving pleasure is top of your list, though, you should definitely try the Seat Ateca before buying.
Peugeot 3008 refinement
When you’re up at those motorway speeds, you notice some wind noise emanating from the door mirrors, and the tyres can add to the decibel levels over coarse surfaces, too. Neither is in anyway overbearing, although a Qashqai is a noticeably quieter car.The 1.2-litre petrols are very smooth, and the 1.6-litre diesels aren’t far behind, either. While the 2.0-litre diesels aren’t unpleasant, they are the gruffest engines in the range.
At a steady 70mph on the motorway you notice some wind noise emanating from the door mirrors, and the tyres can add to the decibel levels over coarse surfaces, too. Neither is in anyway overbearing, although a Qashqai is a noticeably quieter car.
What’s perhaps more irksome are the control weights. The brakes are grabby in stop-start traffic and the clutch action is springier than is ideal. The gearlever has quite a long throw and doesn’t snick through its gate with any great precision, either.
This 128bhp turbocharged three-cylinder petrol is smooth and punchy. Once you get above 1500rpm it revs keenly all the way to the limiter, and proves comfortably swift. It’s reasonably fuel efficient, too, making it a good option for private buyers. Comes with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.
1.6 e-THP 165
The larger of the two petrol engines comes with 163bhp and an automatic gearbox only. We’re yet to try it, but while it adds more pace, we still think the 1.2 130 will make the better all-rounder.
1.6 BlueHDi 100
The lowest-power diesel in the range, with 99bhp. We’re yet to sample it, but expect it to be more suited to city use than hauling the 3008 up and down motorways. The five-speed manual gearbox won’t help its cruising abilities, either.
1.6 BlueHDi 120
Same basic engine as the BlueHDi 100, but with 118bhp it’s got the power it needs for family use. That means while it’s not outright quick, it pulls strongly enough in the mid-range to be effective, even with a fully laden car. It’s smooth as diesels go, too, apart from some vibration through the pedals at times. Comes with a choice of six-speed manual or a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox.
2.0 BlueHDi 150
This 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel unit gives the 3008 decent punch, and is available with the choice of a six-speed manual or a smooth-shifting automatic gearbox. It’s not quite as refined as the 1.6-litre units, however, and will cost more to run, so we’d consider carefully before spending the extra.
2.0 BlueHDi 180 EAT6
Most powerful diesel engine in the range with 178bhp. Equipped with an automatic gearbox only, it’s a strong engine with a decent amount of low end shove, and it’s relatively efficient, but it’s still not particularly quick. It’s gruff sounding in anything other than a cruise, but when it’s below 3000rpm it’s hushed. It’s too expensive to recommend over the other engines, though.