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Peugeot 3008 verdict

2016 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 53.9

Written by Tom Wiltshire Published: 13 January 2023 Updated: 13 January 2023

Should you buy one?

If you’re in the market for a family car that’s both stylish and practical – and who isn’t? – then yes. Even with so many rivals on the market, the 3008 manages to stand out – and with 2020’s facelift, it does so even more.

Peugeot has managed to create a striking family car that not only looks great on the driveway; it has space for the family, drives well and doesn’t cost a bomb to run thanks to a range of frugal and fun-to-drive engines. What really makes it appealing is that stunning interior though – it’s far more interesting than the equivalent Skoda Karoq or Kia Sportage. Stick to the more modest models in the range and you won’t be disappointed.

Reflecting the attention paid to interior quality and overall build, prices for the 3008 are on the high side compared with some rivals. You’ll still find this Peugeot to be good value, though, as all models are well equipped and all bar the entry-level diesels offer strong performance. It’s a car that’s more suited to family life and a realistic expectation of driving, rather than aspirations of open roads and hot-hatchback performance, and far more attractive (in our opinion) than the boxier MPVs that Peugeot has offered before.

What we like

As a five-seater – the larger 5008 looks similar, but offers seven seats – the 3008 offers generous amounts of space front and rear, combined with the high seating position that has lead to SUVs becoming so popular for families that rarely venture off-road. Impressive ground clearance, plus the option of Advanced Grip Control, is useful for unpaved roads, snow and muddy car-boot sale fields and ensures the 3008’s rugged stance isn’t purely for show. It might be more sophisticated and fashionable than classic French cars, but Peugeot has retained that range of abilities needed by rural French drivers that ensured its cars earned a reputation for strength and comfort.

What we don’t like

No 3008 feels particularly sporty to drive – it’s not that kind of car – but it’s the most powerful petrol and diesel that offer the best performance, at least on paper. They’re fast enough, but they’re restricted by the automatic gearbox fitted as standard. As a result, they’re still a compromised choice – offering the better driving experience, but they’re not the cheapest to run either.

2020 Peugeot 3008 rear three quarter
2020 Peugeot 3008 rear three quarter