The Peugeot 3008 is a front-running crossover that offers a spacious, upmarket cabin and plenty of kit

After hedging its bets with the crossover/MPV looks of the Mk1, the current Peugeot 3008 is a genuine front-runner in the crossover class. That’s thanks to its top-notch interior, up-to-date in-car tech, refined drive and competitive engine range.

It’s also practical and good to drive, if not quite as enjoyable as some other rivals. It’s comfortable, too, with a well-judged ride that’s firm enough to stop it feeling bouncy, but soft enough to glide over bumps in the road.

For many, the Peugeot 3008 will offer everything they need: it’s economical, practical and upmarket, all at a reasonable price. If you’re after a small SUV or crossover, the 3008 should definitely be one to consider.

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Buyers are lapping up crossovers at the moment, and the Peugeot 3008 is a model you should put on your shortlist if you're looking to buy one. It's arguably one of the most stylish crossovers on sale, and it backs up its smart looks with a practical five-seat cabin that has plenty of upmarket touches.

The Mk2 3008 was a wholesale revamp when compared to the Mk1, which had dumpy looks that meant it was either an MPV or a crossover depending on your point of view, but it didn't excel at being either.

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The current 3008 arrived in 2016, with a smart new look and improved practicality. There's plenty of space inside for five (if you want more room and seven seats, you'll have to go for the larger 5008, which uses the same platform as the 3008), while the engine range offers a decent mix of efficiency and performance.

It needs these attributes to compete in the fiercely competitive crossover class. Chief rivals are the Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca, which share the same platform and offer a similar blend of talents as the 3008. There's also the sporty handling Mazda CX-5, plus practical rivals such as the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

The latter two makers also offer the slightly smaller C-HR and HR-V models as alternative choices, while the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is worth considering if you're on a budget. The other significant rival is the Vauxhall Grandland X, which shares its platform and running gear with the 3008, but drapes it in less extravagant bodywork.

Where the 3008 excels is with its comfort and practicality. The cabin is plush with plenty of kit on all models, although potential buyers should try out the car's i-Cockpit cabin layout to see if it suits them. This places the dials above a small steering wheel, rather than viewing them through the steering wheel, but some drivers may find their ideal driving position obscures them. This is less of an issue in the 3008 than in other Peugeot models, but worth noting anyway.

While the 3008 is still reasonably showroom fresh, it has been given an update in the engine department. Petrol units include a 1.2 PureTech 130 three-cylinder turbo petrol and the 1.6 e-THP 165 turbo petrol. In test, we've found the 1.2 PureTech to be a surprisingly good performer considering its size, and it's the engine we'd choose.

Diesel power was updated in 2018 with a new 1.5 BlueHDi 130 diesel, which replaced the 1.6 BlueHDi 120. That 1.6 is still offered in BlueHDi 100 form, while at the top of the range is the potent 2.0 BlueHDi in 150 and 180 forms. The latter is exclusive to the GT model, while both will be handy for towing.

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Efficient engines and a composed ride both work in the 3008's favour
Competitive figures from the petrol and diesel engines in the 3008 impress
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Depending on which engine you choose, you get a five or six-speed manual, although a six-speed auto is standard with the 1.6 e-THP and optional with the 1.2 PureTech. The 1.5 BlueHDi can be had with an eight-speed auto, and this gearbox is standard with the most powerful 2.0 BlueHDi 180.

Four-wheel drive isn't available on the 3008. This keep prices down - the line-up ranges from just under £25,000 to around £32,500 - and Peugeot has developed its Grip Control system that can do most of the things 4WD can do, aside from the most extreme off-roading. Where fitted, it adds a rotary controller to the centre console that allows you to select the driving mode suitable for the terrain, whether it's snow, gravel, mud or tarmac.

There's no entry-level Access model, so the range kicks off with the relatively well equipped Active model. Beyond that, Allure, GT Line and GT trims are offered, while Peugeot has yet to confirm any kind of sportier variant, such as a 3008 GTi. All models come with a decent amount of kit, with 12.3-inch digital dials, two-zone climate control and rear parking sensors all included, and the infotainment touchscreen is standard across the range. too. Allure models get 18-inch alloys, sat-nav and blind-spot detection among the extended kit list, while the GT Line gets a sportier bodykit and even more standard equipment.

Last updated: 
24 Aug, 2018