3008 GT Line 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Auto
demand for SUVs hasnt abated
and, despite the acrimonious fall-out
from Dieselgate, many motorists
are still more than happy to drive with
an economical turbodiesel under
WHICH IS THE PERFECT INTRO for Peugeot's impressive family-friendly
SUV, the oh-so-handsome 3008. Although launched less than a year ago, its trophy
cabinet is already bursting with awards including one for winning the
prestigious International Car of the Year 2017.
And while you can have yours with a petrol engine, if that's what you want,
Peugeot haven't abandoned the torquey and mpg-stretching benefits of diesel.
If unleaded is your poison you can choose between a 130PS 1.2-litre PureTech
Engine of the Year-winner three-cylinder turbo and a four-pot 1.6 with 165PS;
diesels are über-clean BlueHDi technology units of 1.6 and 2.0-litre capacities
with 100, 120, 150 or 180PS. We've been driving the popular 120PS (118bhp) automatic
in the well-dressed GT Line trim which gets you change from £30K.
model you end up parking on your drive will get the neighbour's curtains twitching.
It's an eye-catcher, this new 3008. Fronting its athletic lines is an upright
chequered chrome-and-black grille sporting Peugeot's 'lion' badge, capped by
a classy-looking clamshell-style bonnet and sleek projector headlights with
distinctively curved LED daytime running lights and a tough-looking scuff-plate
underscoring the 'sports' design front bumper. A high waistline runs along the
flanks and the roofline runs back to the tailgate to create a 'soft' coupe look.
or four? The 3008s
Advanced Grip Control
system offers the best of
both. Like the name
implies, it delivers the
optimum traction for a
range of challenging
conditions; along with
the everyday Normal
default, theres a driver-
selectable choice of
modes for tackling Snow,
All-Terrain (mud, damp
grass, etc), and Sand...
So, two-wheel drive or four? The 3008's Advanced Grip Control system offers
the best of both. Like the name implies, it delivers the optimum traction for
a range of challenging conditions; along with the everyday Normal default, there's
a driver-selectable choice of modes for tackling Snow, All-Terrain (mud, damp
grass, etc), and Sand.
This is all achieved using a 'smart' electronically-controlled differential
and is available as an option across all trim levels on the GT
Line it adds just £470 to the total drive-home price, and if you tick the box
you also get proper Mud & Snow tyres on the 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels to
further help traction. A Hill Descent Control button on the centre console adds
extra peace of mind when descending slippery slopes off-road.
These latest generation 3008 models are larger than their predecessors, measuring
4.5 metres from nose to tail. A longer wheelbase provides more space throughout
the interior with better rear legroom and more headroom front and back. But
get aboard large door openings and keyless operation make it easy
and if you thought the exterior looks great you'll definitely
be impressed by the cabin.
And it's good to find that there's practicality along with panache: deep lower
door sections keep the sills and your clothing clean
in dirty weather. Another feature that's as fun as it is practical are the LED
courtesy approach lights built into the door mirrors when triggered
in darkness they project a bright white 'Peugeot lion' onto the ground alongside
the front doors.
in a chic mix of leather-effect and denim-look fabrics with leather-look bolstering
and double stitch detailing, the seats are as comfy and supportive as they appear
and provide a fine view over the bonnet for that essential (and
safer) 'commanding' driving position. Headroom is honestly generous
there's two fists of it and there's plenty of room around your
elbows for wheel twirling.
twin-lidded armrest with butterfly-wing opening separates the front seats (each
side opens to favour the seat occupier closest to it) and underneath is a huge,
lit, and chilled compartment with a repositionable tray. A pair of illuminated
cupholders sits ahead of the armrest and close to the elegant selector lever
you'll find a Sport program switch along with an engine Start push-button.
turbodiesel is a popular
choice for good reason
with a real-world
economy of 53.8mpg and
low CO2 emissions
(108g/km), this unit offers
not just good running
costs but it feels keen
and eager in everyday
The selector lever is as stylish as the rest of the cabin's detailing: pressing
the P on the top of the selector knob engages Park; pull it back through R and
N to D; press the M button to change from Drive to permanent manual mode, with
up and down shifting using the steering-mounted paddles. Another neat touch:
when you switch off the engine the transmission automatically engages Park and
the electric parking brake is also applied for you.
Power-adjustable lumbar is standard for the driver while the optional driver's
massage seat (£580; but that also get you heated front seats) offers relaxing
in-car kneading served up with a satisfying mix of multiple massage patterns
(cat's paw, wave, stretch, etc) and intensities. Mmmm!
The front cabin is of the twin-cockpit design with a wide and high central console;
there's a classy mix of trim materials and finishings, all nicely tactile
and it all looks far more upmarket than Peugeot are charging for it.
The 3008's i-Cockpit is striking, the highlight being the compact full grain
perforated leather steering wheel with flattened top and bottom rim sections
that goes hand-in-hand with easy viewing of the high-level 12.3-inch digital
instrument panel; it's brilliant, like having a hi-def head-up display not just
for your speed but for everything.
unlike Audi's Virtual Cockpit, Peugeot's i-Cockpit instrument panel offers the
driver multiple display modes; all crystal clear and easily switched in an instant
using the button on the multifunction wheel not only can the driver
change the size and look of the 'dials' but can choose to show only the information
that's important to them, including the active 3D mapping as a full background.
Speed limit recognition is standard; the posted limit is shown immediately below
the digital speed readout in the driver's display so you'll never be in any
doubt as to how fast you're going or how fast you should be going!
with all the infotainment displays, the main mapping can still be shown on the
8-inch tablet-style touchscreen centrally positioned on the fascia
it's mounted high to match eye-level viewing with the instrument screen (just
a quick horizontal sweep takes in both). And it comes loaded with all the latest
instrument panel offers
the driver multiple
display modes; all crystal
clear and easily switched
in an instant using the
button on the
not only can the driver
change the size and look
of the dials but can
choose to show only the
important, including the
active 3D mapping as
a full background...
Immediately below the touchscreen is a strip of seven one-touch toggle switches
(they're great to use) for jumping into main menus for music, climate, navigation,
etc; under this is another line of non-slip one-touch switches for secondary
settings such as the heated seats (3-stage), heated front and rear screens,
etc. Adjustment of the dual-zone climate control system is done by fingertip
via the touchscreen.
Comms features are comprehensive with 3D Connected Navigation, TomTom Live updates,
Mirrorscreen (Mirrorlink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto) for foolproof smartphone
interfacing, voice recognition (for radio, navigation and telephony), a decent
six-speaker MP3-compatible DAB radio, Bluetooth, a good supply of USB and 12V
power sockets, and WiFi smartphone charging. You also get Peugeot's Connect
SOS and Assistance which is invaluable in the event of an accident.
Travelling in the back of the 3008 is as satisfying as being up front
unless of course you're the driver! Despite the all-black colourways, the rear
cabin feels pleasantly airy, helped by long, deep windows and, for passengers
who like their privacy, there's dark-tinted glass from the B-pillars back.
Space-wise there's a fist of headroom even though you sit higher than those
ahead of you. A wide, padded centre armrest with built-in cupholders, and well
cushioned seats with good knee room and plenty of foot room guarantees that
two adults will be very relaxed even on the longest trips. If you must, then
a third can fit in easily enough and as there's no floor tunnel intrusion all
six feet can co-exist happily.
to the ease of travelling in the back are large door bins, elasticated net magazine
pouches, air vents and, for those who like to 'swing', damped grab handles.
Adding to the refined ambiance is the fact that the engine is barely heard.
Those carrying youngsters will appreciate the Isofix child seat fittings (two
in the back and one on the front passenger seat) as well as the rear child looks
operated by a switch on the driver's door.
591 litres available, the 3008's boot is more than able to cope with luggage
for four adults; the almost square boot is deep and clean-sided with a two-level
floor, accessed via a wide, high-opening tailgate that makes loading easy. Rather
than a clumsy roller blind there's a more practical lifting rear parcel shelf
luggage cover that's quick and easy to remove.
it's time to haul some cargo the 3008 steps-up willingly. Pull the release levers
in the boot and the 2/3:1/3 rear seatbacks spring forwards and fold perfectly
flat to create a seamless loadbay that can swallow 1,670 litres.
opens and closes quickly
and you can even open
it when your hands and
arms are full just
waggle your foot under
the rear bumper and the
tailgate rises up for you.
Even if you dont do the
foot thing, the powered
tailgate can be opened
(and closed) from the
fascia-button, the tailgate
itself or from the
A very worthwhile option is the motorised and hands-free operation tailgate.
Not only does the powered tailgate open and close quickly (those of some rivals
can be frustratingly slow) but you can even open it when your hands and arms
are full just waggle your foot under the rear bumper and the tailgate
rises up for you. Even if you don't do the foot thing, the powered tailgate
can be opened (and closed) from the fascia-button, the tailgate itself or from
Adding to the versatility is a ski-hatch in the second row as well as a fold-down
backrest on the front passenger seat making it ideal as a spur-of-the-moment
picnic table or when carrying very long and large items. And should you wish
to tow, the 120PS 3008 can haul a braked 1,300kg.
The GT Line sits just below the range-topping GT and as such is comprehensively
kitted-out with all the 'essentials' such as one-shot windows, powerfolding
door mirrors (on demand and automatically on locking and leaving), reversing
camera with front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auto
lights and wipes, electric parking brake (with Hill Assist), cruise control
and speed limiter, and LED interior ambient lighting, as well as all the items
we've mentioned throughout this review.
kit is something else Peugeot haven't stinted on with features like Distance
Alert (warns of a possible collision risk with a vehicle ahead or a pedestrian
in your path), Active Safety Brake (fail to respond effectively to a possible
collision warning and it brakes for you), Intelligent Emergency Braking (increases
the braking effort if the driver isn't doing enough), along with active systems
such as Dynamic Stability Control and Electronic Anti-skid, Active Lane Departure
Warning, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, Smartbeam automatic headlamp dipping,
driver fatigue alert, tyre pressure monitoring, and front, side and rear proximity
Along with a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating there are adaptive driver and
front passenger airbags, as well as driver and front passenger side and rear
curtain airbags, full LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps
(include static cornering function), LED taillights, and those very cool LED
sequential scrolling front indicators you also see on top-of-the-range Audis.
1.6 BlueHDi turbodiesel we've been driving is a popular choice and for good
reason with a real-world economy of 53.8mpg and low CO2 emissions
(108g/km), this unit with Stop&Start is a good choice and not just for running
costs; top speed is a perfectly amenable 115mph while zero to 62mph acceleration
takes 11.6 seconds.
unlikely than any
3008 drivers will be going
crossover is one very
chuckable piece of kit.
Its handling skills are
well honed, yet they
havent compromised the
compliant ride quality. Better still, the compact-
steering wheel thats
part and parcel of the
i-Cockpit only adds to the
steerings quick and
More important than the benchmark paper figures is how it feels in everyday
driving, which is keen and eager, particularly in Sport mode when you can harvest
all the 221lb ft of torque. Shifts from the six-speed autobox are smooth and
refined enough to go unnoticed, which is exactly what drivers want and appreciate.
It's unlikely than any 3008 drivers will be going hell-for-leather, but nevertheless
this crossover is one very chuckable piece of kit. Its handling skills are well
honed, yet they haven't compromised the ride quality in fact it
has an especially comfortable and compliant ride thanks to a suspension set-up
that buffers you from the worst potholes while not degrading the 3008's sharp
roadholding. The compact steering wheel that's part and parcel of the i-Cockpit
only adds to the steering's quick and responsive character.
The most telling thing we can say about the 3008 is that we really, really,
really didn't want to give it back when our week with it was up. It's a pleasure
to live with, a pleasure to drive, looks great inside and out, and packs in
a lot of kit and safety equipment for the money. Pop down to your nearest Peugeot
showroom and drive a 3008 for yourself. But watch out you're likely
to end up taking one home with you! ~ MotorBar
Peugeot 3008 GT Line 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Auto
Maximum speed: 115mph | 0-62mph: 11.6 seconds | Test Average: 53.8mpg
Power: 118bhp | Torque: 221lb ft | CO2: 108g/km