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Should you buy a Peugeot 3008?

The Peugeot 3008 deserves the success it has achieved since its launch. It may well be something of a revelation compared with its predecessor, but it's also stylish, comfortable and very family-friendly. In a market now packed with rivals, it's a stand-out option for those who wan't to cut a dash.

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.

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. 

Peugeot has a reputation for providing strong value through finance options, though large deposit contributions are infrequent and personal lease customers may find better deals via brokers. Peugeot's offers generally focus on competitive PCP finance, and Just Add Fuel as an all-in-one package where insurance, maintenance and road tax costs are all bundled into the one monthly finance payment.

'While you won't mistake the cabin for a Volkswagen, it does feel well built and you can spot design cues paying homage to current Jaguar, Audi and Mercedes models. As a result, the 3008 offers a strong feel-good factor for the price.'

Keith Jones, Parkers Deputy Editor

There are three main trim levels - inevitably the best compromise of cost and equipment is found with mid-range Allure trim, with either the PureTech 130 or BlueHDi 130 engines depending on which one is best-suited to your everyday driving needs. Although the PureTech 130 petrol appears to be an entry-level engine in the configurator, it’s a great choice for most buyers with plenty of power and torque, plus its running costs are manageable too. It’s refined and easy to drive, and its lighter weight means it’s also the most agile in the 3008 range.

The top specification, GT, features standard-fit adaptive cruise control, plus advanced parking assistance. For drivers wanting the aesthetic and some of the luxury features without the cost, it's supplemented by GT Line and GT Line Premium which offer a full selection of engines and transmissions, but a more limited range of gadgets.

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.

The plug-in hybrid models will appeal to company car drivers, mixing short-distance electric-only driving with powerful performance, but we’d be wary of the high list prices – while it’s competitive against the ageing Mitsubishi Outlander, you could get a Volkswagen Passat for the same money, while a low-spec BMW 330e can be had for less.

Further reading:

>>Which are the best SUVs on sale in the UK?

>>Group test: Peugeot 3008 vs Skoda Karoq, Honda CR-V & Hyundai Tucson

>> Need something bigger? How about the seven-seat 5008?