3008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130
just about every carmaker
now churning out SUVs, Peugeots
all-new 3008, priced from £22K to
£33K, looks good enough to take
conquest sales from the premium
brands including Jaguar, Mercedes,
and Land Rover/Range Rover...
WHILE THERE ARE PLENTY OF SUVS and crossovers on offer, the thoroughbred
models from the premium brands mentioned above GLA (Mercedes), F-Pace
(Jaguar), and even the Discovery and Evoque from the Land Rover and Range Rover
stables are all likely to be on the same shortlists. Be assured that
this new generation 3008 the 2017 European 'Car of the Year' has
undeniably earned the right to sit alongside each and every one of them.
You only have to see a 3008 in the metal to appreciate its wow-factor. Defined
by bold, stylistically-polished lines with eye-catching detailing, it's fronted
by a vertical chequered chrome-and-black 3D-effect grille emblazoned with a
large 'Peugeot Lion' emblem. The beautifully integrated clear headlamps incorporate
curved LED daytime driving lights, capped by a clamshell bonnet; framing the
lower grille are deep air intakes and driving lights and a tough-looking skid
plate. Kerb appeal this glamorous 3008 has in spades.
high waistline and incurving lower door sculpting along with black wheelarch
protectors define the flanks, while the sloping rear greenhouse adds a rakish
air. The wide tailgate is bracketed by signature claw-pattern rear lights and
slim 'letterbox' tailpipes at each corner. Eighteen-inch, two-tone satin black
alloy wheels with diamond cut highlights complete the 3008's stylish ensemble.
only have to see a
3008 in the metal to
appreciate its wow-factor.
Defined by bold,
lines with eye-catching
detailing, its fronted by
a vertical chequered
emblazoned with a large
Doubling up its appeal, the 3008 cuts the mustard on the inside too
classy, roomy and comprehensively specced. Plus there's a fine selection of
powerplants available Peugeot's award-winning 1.2-litre PureTech
petrol engine 'International Engine of the Year' (2015 & 2016)
serves up 129bhp and can be partnered with a manual or automatic
gearbox; others include 1.6 BlueHDi turbodiesels (99 and 120hp manual or auto),
2.0-litre BlueHDi (150 manual and 181hp auto), and a 165hp petrol automatic.
The 3008 is available in four trim levels Active, Allure, GT Line
and GT each of them well stocked with kit. A must-have for 'real'
SUVs is 4WD and the 3008 scores here too with its Advanced Grip Control. Standard-fit
on Allure, GT Line and GT models (optional on the entry-level Active trim) it
offers a less weighty system for optimising grip.
Essentially it's a 'smart' traction control system with five driver-selectable
modes for a wide range of driving conditions: Standard, Snow, All Terrain, Sand,
and ESP Off (giving the driver complete autonomy up to 31mph). To further improve
traction, Grip Control models run on 18-inch 225/55 Mud and Snow tyres.
Swing open the driver's door and you'll be impressed 'cheeky chic'
sums up the 3008's cabin to a 'T'. Highlights are the sporty twin-cockpit layout
and high-level, configurable head-up 12.3-inch screen that replaces a traditional
instrument pack and which is viewed over the flattened top of the compact leather-wrapped
digitised i-Cockpit display allows the driver to select from a variety of information
modes at any time whilst driving, using a scroll button on the multifunction
wheel. So you can choose what suits you best at any given moment, from a large
digital speed readout with a trad style rev-counter and speedo to an active
3D navigation map and instructions. Eat your heart out, Jim (Kirk)!
the I-Cockpit and sited centre-stage of the horizontally layered fascia is an
eight-inch tablet-style touchscreen packed with infotainment and Comms functions.
Underscoring this is a row of seven piano key-style toggle switches that jump
you straight into the core menus such as entertainment, climate (air distribution
and temperature control, etc, is done via the touchscreen's virtual buttons),
vehicle settings, phone connection, and mobile apps.
open the drivers
door and youll be
chic sums up the 3008s
cabin to a T.
Highlights are the sporty
and high-level, head-up
screen that replaces
a traditional instrument
pack and which is
viewed over the
flattened top of the
The overall cabin ambiance is assuredly upscale with a well-considered mix of
trims and high-end finishing. Particularly appealing is the tactile denim-look
fabric and faux leather upholstery covering the sporty seats and echoed on the
The bucket-style seats themselves are both supportive and comfortable, with
good bolstering that while not overly hard is holding. You sit high off the
floor for fine views out in all directions especially important
for the driver who enjoys a first-rate driving position and can see down the
bonnet to accurately place the 3008. Personal space is commendable too, with
a fist of headroom. Both front seats are height adjustable, with the driver
also getting lumbar adjustment.
The deep and wide centre tunnel combined with the I-Cockpit set-up makes the
driver feel very much an integral part of the man-machine partnership as much
as the very-close-to-your-left-hand and agreeably chunky almost
sculpted gearlever knob; better still, it's satisfying to use
with a neat change action.
Seen over the flattened top rim of the compact steering wheel, your personalised
driver information is easily taken in, while the Sport mode button ahead of
the no-fuss drive-through electric park brake keeps the PureTech powerplant
locked and loaded for when you fancy upping the pace.
make sure you stay on the right side of the Law is the relevant posted speed
limit and it's displayed on both crystal-clear displays. Keeping you connected
and in-tune with the wider world is Peugeot's Connect SOS and Assistance (in
an accident it automatically contacts emergency services with the car's exact
location), 3D Connected Navigation with voice recognition for radio, telephony,
and SatNav (key features include TomTom real-time traffic updates and alternative
routes, local weather conditions, nearby petrol stations and prices, and local
searches for addresses and contact info for any point of interest).
too is Mirror Screen (uses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink for smartphone
mirroring and functionality for text display and reading aloud, and media voice
control) plus there's automatic wireless smartphone charging, a DAB radio, Bluetooth,
and more than enough USB and 12v sockets.
boosted by the easy-
it makes being in the
right gear at the right
time a no-brainer;
even more so when you
press the Sport
button which makes the
already keen 3008 feel
ready to streak away
the instant you press the
has Peugeot forgotten how much families need room for 'stuff'. They've incorporated
plenty of in-cabin storage, the highlight of which has to be the butterfly-wing
central front armrest: both halves of the lengthways-split padded armrest open
up from their outer edge; the commodious underlying storage box is chilled with
a high- level repositionable upper tray amazingly, it's deep enough
to swallow most of your arm!
There's a wealth of 'hi-tech' in this 3008 with safety covered by the likes
of Distance Alert (warns of impending collision with either the vehicle in front
or a pedestrian in the road; failure to react triggers Automatic Emergency Braking),
Active Blind Spot Detection, dynamic stability control and anti-skid systems,
Hill Assist Descent Control (for descending tricksy off-road slopes), Active
Lane Keeping, Smartbeam Assistance (automatically switches the LED headlamps
to main beam at night when conditions allow and dips automatically to prevent
dazzling other drivers), and Speed Limit Recognition which reads speed limit
signs and displays them on the digital instrument panel (it can also allow the
cruise control to automatically adapt to the speed limit on any particular stretch
Welcome too, particularly on long solo trips, is Driver Attention Alert which
watches for any signs of inattention or drowsiness then, if necessary, gives
you a timely wake-up call! Also very handy when parking or reversing is the
180-degree reversing camera; linked into the touchscreen, it can show multiple
views including vehicles approaching from both sides and an overhead view of
the environment immediately behind the car.
safety kit includes adaptive driver and front passenger airbags as well as side
airbags and front and rear curtain airbags, automatic drive-away door-locking,
automatic hazard light activation on hard braking, cruise control and speed
limiter, driver-operated electric childproof door and window locking plus alerts
for unfastened belts anywhere in the car on the move, full LED self-levelling
headlights; LED foglamps with cornering function, and very cool sequential scrolling
LED front indicators.
can also take for granted plenty of convenience kit including dual-zone climate
control, one-touch front and rear power windows, powerfolding and heated door
mirrors (with auto dipping when reversing), auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto
lights and wipes, front and rear parking sensors, ambient cabin lighting, and
metres long the 3008
is small enough to be
compact on the road but
for five passengers and
In fact the deep and
regular-shaped boot is
bigger than average,
putting 591 litres
(with the two-position
boot floor at its lowest
at your disposal...
Travelling in the 3008's rear cabin is as pleasant as it is sitting up front;
the seats are equally comfy and there's ample space for feet, knees and a full
fist of headroom made better by restful easy-slide headrests.
Added to that are relaxing backrest angles and long outer armrests, a wide drop-down
centre armrest that holds two cups, real-world-sized door bins and magazine
pockets, reading spots, plus dedicated air-vents, together creating the perfect
lounging area. Views out, if that's where your passengers like to look, are
also good courtesy of the 3008's biggish windows.
When it comes to engines, the 1.2-litre PureTech is a very pleasant surprise
this 1,199cc three-pot unleaded-drinking unit is refined as it
is responsive, dishing out plenty of torque and get-up-and-go from low revs.
Most of the time you don't so much hear the PureTech as feel its eagerness;
but when you do, it's an agreeably harmonious sound.
Driving satisfaction is boosted by the easy-shifting six-speed manual gearbox;
it makes being in the right gear at the right time a no-brainer; even more so
when you press the Sport button which makes the already keen 3008 feel ready
to streak away the instant you press the loud-pedal.
It takes only a very short drive to be impressed by the way this 3008 rides
the handling is sharp and focussed but not at the expense of the
ride, which is comfortable and fluent. The 3008's smaller-than-average steering
wheel adds a fun sense of quick-wittedness to the chuckable handling; almost
racing kart-like, but in a very cultured way. The suspension damps-out even
pretty bad impacts on shabby blacktop and the strong and impressive brakes will
kill your speed fast and without fuss. Good to drive, then? You betchya!
four-and-a-half metres long the 3008 is small enough to be compact on the road
but accommodating enough for five passengers and their luggage. In fact the
deep and regular-shaped boot is bigger than average, putting 591 litres (with
the two-position boot floor at its lowest position) at your disposal.
the helpfully wide tailgate it opens high, so no head-banging
and you'll be presented with a boot floor that sits flush with
the load sill, making for the hassle-free loading. If you leave the boot floor
in its upper position you'll also have a 'secret' deep underfloor storage area
for smaller items. Usefully, the easily removable parcel shelf can be stored
under the boot floor, where you'll also find a space-saver spare wheel.
and being fitted from
October 2017 is a
pull-out boot floor that
can slide out 30cm,
so reaching items at the
back of the boot is
never a problem; it can
also be locked in position
to aid loading, and even
used as a seat whilst
changing out of your
dirty dog-walking boots
or as an informal
Remote backrest releases in the boot sides make light work of folding down the
1/3:2/3-split rear seats they fold completely flat, converting
the rear cabin into a capacious 1,670-litre loadbay. If you're a towing kind
of person you'll be pleased to know that even with the 1.2-litre engine you
can haul 1,400kg.
Even more useful and being fitted from October 2017
is a pullout boot floor that can slide out 30cm, so reaching items at the back
of the boot is never a problem; it can also be locked in position to aid loading,
and even used as a seat whilst changing out of your dirty dog-walking boots
or as an informal picnic table.
Talking of picnic tables, the front passenger seat folds fully flat and can
also provide a makeshift table; more beneficial is the fact that this extends
the loading length to up to three metres perfect for that full-size
Christmas tree! Additionally, there's also a small load-through hatch for skis
The GT Line 3008 is probably the range's best 'bundle', offering standout body
styling, a chic upscale interior with driver-friendly cutting-edge 'assists'
and desirable kit such as Grip Control and the brilliantly usable head-up I-Cockpit
In addition, it comes with decidedly sporty seats, an eager and refined powertrain
plus a comfortable ride. A conquest-sales-stealing SUV if ever there was one!
Peugeot 3008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130
Maximum speed: 117mph | 0-62mph: 10.8 seconds | Test Average: 44.3mpg
Power: 129bhp | Torque: 170lb ft | CO2: 124g/km