Tuesday 27 June 2017
When we first got behind the wheel of the new Peugeot 3008 in Italy last year, we were impressed by the way it handled and the good amount of standard equipment that it offered. Now, we’ve taken it out on to UK roads to see how it copes on home soil. Our test car was a GT Line specification model, sitting in the middle of the trim level range. Under the bonnet sits a 118bhp, 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel – and the whole car comes in at £28,025.
This latest second-generation 3008 represents a drastic change from the car it replaces, which looked far more like an MPV than a SUV crossover. Whereas the old car appeared somewhat ungainly, this latest incarnation is far more athletic to look at. Features such as LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels make the 3008 look far more premium than before, too.
The interior of the 3008 is equally as upmarket. Modelled on Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design concept, it features the small steering wheel that the French manufacturer is fitting to the vast majority of its current models, while the digital instrument cluster in front of it relays driving information, the car’s speed and satellite navigation instructions back to the driver. An eight-inch touchscreen gives control to the infotainment system, and this is clear and easy to use, too.
The Peugeot 3008 is a car that has been designed with practicality in mind. The five-seat layout will be a plus to those who have to ferry a family about, while strong build quality should mean that the interior will stand the test of time. There’s plenty of space for the driver and passenger in the front of the car, too, as well as a variety of different storage compartments that are ideal for keeping the cabin clutter-free.
Even adult passengers are treated to plenty of head- and legroom in the rear of the car, though it may be a little bit of a squeeze for three in the back. In terms of boot space, the Peugeot 3008 does pretty well. It offers an impressive 591 litres of storage space with the rear seats raised, rising to 1,670 litres with them folded down. In comparison, the new Nissan Qashqai has just 430 litres to play with, while the Volkswagen Tiguan comes with a slightly larger 651-litre boot.
While the larger, more powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine we tested on the launch packed plenty of punch, the smaller 1.6-litre unit fitted to our test car simply can’t do the same. The sprint to 60mph takes a yawn-inducing 11.2 seconds, and this isn’t helped by the slushy feeling six-speed manual gearbox.
However, once you’re up to speed the Peugeot makes far more sense. It’s quiet and comfortable at motorway speeds, and its well-sorted suspensions ensures a refined ride. The small steering wheel does take some getting used to, but once you do it’s a delight to use. The steering itself is also well weighted, and returns a surprising amount of feedback.
Value is a key part of the 3008’s appeal. In the UK, entry-level Allure cars cost from £24,195 and for that you get satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. The exterior is also brightened up thanks to 18-inch alloy wheels. GT Line cars – like our test vehicle – retail from £26,195 when fitted with a 1.6-litre petrol engine. This specification adds wireless smartphone charging, full LED headlights and a sporty front bumper design as well as larger 18-inch alloy wheels.
The 3008 will definitely appeal to family buyers who are after a practical, good looking and economical car. With the 1.6-litre diesel engine fitted it shouldn’t cost the Earth to run, which adds to the 3008’s extensive list of positives.
Model: Peugeot 3008 GT Line BlueHDi 120
Price as tested: £31,330
Engine tested:1.6-litre, four-cylinder BlueHDi diesel
Max speed: 117mph
0-60mph: 11.2 seconds
MPG: 70.6 (combined cycle)
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