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What is the Peugeot 3008?
A mid-sized family SUV, the 3008 sits between the 2008 and 5008 in Peugeot’s range. Boasting smooth, efficient engines and a cutting-edge cabin, it’s one of the most well-rounded packages in a highly competitive segment.
Launched in 2016, the current 3008 improved on its chubby first-generation predecessor in just about every department, with eye-catching SUV styling and a smart, tech-laden interior. Rivals include the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, Skoda Karoq and Hyundai Tucson. That it can hold its own in such a crowded segment speaks volumes about the all-round qualities of the 3008.
Which versions of the Peugeot 3008 are available?
The Peugeot 3008 is offered in a single five-door SUV bodystyle and a choice of five trim levels: Active, Allure, GT Line, GT Line Premium and GT. There are two PureTech petrol engines: a 1.2-litre unit developing 131hp and a more powerful 181hp 1.6-litre. Two BlueHDi diesel engines are available: a 131hp 1.5-litre and a 177hp 2.0-litre.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel, with an eight-speed automatic available as an option. The auto transmission is also standard on the 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel.
Peugeot will introduce a Hybrid4 version in 2019, pairing a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors to deliver up to 30 miles of electric range, improved performance and all-wheel drive.
What is the Peugeot 3008 GT?
Don’t let the GT badge fool you, because there isn’t a performance-led version of the Peugeot 3008. In fact, only one engine is available on the GT model: the 177hp 2.0-litre diesel, which delivers a 0-62mph time of nine seconds and a top speed of 134mph. The 1.6-litre petrol is marginally quicker, shaving a second off the 0-62mph time and hitting a top speed of 136mph.
Peugeot 3008 styling and engineering
Park the current 3008 beside the previous model and it’s like sitting Keira Knightley alongside Ann Widdecombe. Peugeot has ditched the dowdy and old-fashioned MPV styling of old, replacing it with a look that’s brimming with confidence and kerb appeal. The front end styling is dramatic, while the 3D-effect LED lights at the rear help the 3008 stand out.
On the inside, the 3008 boasts one of the most feelgood cabins in the segment, with a strong sense of quality and the use of plush materials in the higher-spec models. The shrunken steering wheel and raised digital dials continue to divide opinion, mind.
How does the Peugeot 3008 drive?
The smooth and sprightly 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech engine feels well suited to the 3008, offering a useful 131hp and 230Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre petrol is quicker, but the standard-fit automatic transmission saps the additional power, which blunts performance. The same is true of the 2.0-litre diesel, so if you must have a diesel engine, we’d recommend the 1.5-litre BlueHDi with the six-speed manual gearbox.
Regardless of the engine choice, the 3008 is far from fun to drive, but the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol feels light and nimble around town. Until the arrival of the Hybrid4, all-wheel drive isn’t available, although the traction-maximising Grip Control should see you through the worst of British weather.
How much does the Peugeot 3008 cost?
Even the poverty-spec Active trim is a little on the expensive side, but the majority of the models sold in the UK will cost around the £30,000 mark, putting the 3008 deep into premium badge territory. GT Line Premium models are on a par with a top-spec Volkswagen Tiguan or the larger Tiguan Allspace. A Nissan Qashqai will be cheaper, and a SEAT Ateca or Skoda Karoq will offer better value, but the 3008 boasts a more eye-catching design and a plusher cabin, which help to justify the extra expense.
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Peugeot 3008 Model History
Current generation Peugeot 3008 SUV model history
December 2016: New Peugeot 3008 available to order with first deliveries in January. It replaces the old 3008 MPV/SUV crossover with a striking new look and advanced interior with new digital i-Cockpit as standard. It’s available with PureTech 130 and e-THP 165 petrol engines, and BlueHDi diesels – in 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre forms, with power ranging from 100hp to 180hp. There are four trim levels to choose from: Active, Allure, GT-Line and GT.
First-generation Peugeot 3008 (2009-2016)
While the current 3008 borrows heavily from the SUV segment, the original version took inspiration from the MPV sector, creating a look that hasn’t aged well, especially when every other new car appears to be a crossover or SUV.
In fairness, the original Peugeot 3008 was a hugely practical and highly versatile car, clearly designed with family transport in mind. It was also available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines, including an impressive e-HDi diesel-hybrid emitting just 88g/km CO2 and offering 66mpg.