3008 Exclusive 1.6 HDi 110 FAP
3008 is a true cross-
over insomuch as it provides the
advantages of a hatchback, MPV,
estate car and SUV while cleverly
blending them all together in one
stylish body. But the real eye-
opener is that the tallish 3008 drives
with all the agility of a normal
FANS OF THE FRENCH 'LION' marque will notice that the gaping
'shark's mouth' grille adorning recent Peugeots has been
superseded by a more conservative but equally distinctive 'egg-crate'-pattern
version that sits well with the blunter front-end treatment of the new 3008.
Flowing up from the bonnet, the 3008's sharply raked windscreen adds an
aerodynamic air while straight-cut, lightly blistered wheel arches add definition
and the rising waistline, sloping roof and 'kicked-up' third side window combine
to create a coupe look. Smartly finished in metallic black, our test car looked
very appealing indeed the 3008 is without doubt a car you'll want to
Step aboard and settle into the plush cabin the most stylish Peugeot
interior to date and one that majors on quality soft-touch materials, leather
upholstery, well-considered ergonomics with smart chrome detailing to switchgear,
instrument bezels and air vents and the kind of attention to detail that makes
you think of something not French but German Audi.
The wide, high-set wrap-around centre console runs between the front seats,
cocooning the driver and placing the gear lever in easy reach while the 'command'
seating provides excellent visibility. Loads of seat and wheel adjustment guarantee
a first class driving position made even better by the very good foot and legroom,
with knees safely back from the lower fascia. A leather-wrapped, flat-bottom
steering wheel with perforated leather work areas not only adds
a hint of sporty interest but feels really good in your hands. The 3D Connect
Navigation display pops-up automatically in the centre of the fascia at start-up
and customers specifying this £715 option won't be disappointed: simplicity
itself to use, it is, crucially, very accurate.
space can honestly be described as bountiful, with lots of cubbies, large door
pockets, a decent-sized glovebox (with an 'organiser' section in the lid), a
massive storage box incorporated into the deep centre console and topped by
the front centre armrest itself nicely padded and big enough to be shared
along with a drop-down glasses case in the roof and two 'secret' underfloor
bins in the second row, hidden by a tailored floor mat. A neat touch is the
dedicated handbook pocket under the steering column that frees up glovebox space.
will be sure to
love the well-dressed
and decidedly swish
interior certainly one
of the best in its class
as much as they will
appreciate the 3008s
3008 owners will be sure to love the 'well-dressed' and decidedly swish interior
certainly one of the best in its class as much as they will appreciate
the 3008's roomy cabin. The large glass areas flood the cabin with light and
range-topping Exclusive models go one better with an extensive, full-length
tinted glass roof 'panoramic' by name and panoramic by nature, it ensures
the 3008's cabin is a wonderfully airy and pleasant travelling environment.
In fact, sitting in the back is actually the best place to enjoy it: you feel
like you're travelling in an open car.
If you prefer to keep the sun out, there's a one-shot powered sun blind. Alternatively,
the blind can be left in any position between fully open and completely closed.
The large front sun visors are sensibly deep and remain in whatever position
suits while outer back seat passengers have the luxury of their own personal
mesh roller-blinds for their door window.
Blinds open or closed, all passengers enjoy extensive views out while relaxing
in generously proportioned and very comfy seats. A special mention about the
front seat headrests their cushioned front faces are hinged at the top,
allowing them to be adjusted to the most comfortable head support angle. And
in cold weather, the front passengers can keep snug in the 3-stage heated seats.
Even with the front seats pushed all the way back there's still decent leg and
knee room for rear seat passengers; head and shoulder room is also very good
and, thanks to the flat rear cabin floor, three adults can sit comfortably side-by-side.
Even with the height-adjustable front seats at their lowest setting, there's
still plenty of foot room for those sitting behind. While two travel best in
the back sharing the centre armrest, the middle rear seat position is perfectly
okay if you need to carry five.
Praiseworthy technical features include the transparent panel above the main
dials between the instruments and windscreen that rises automatically on start-up
and onto which is projected a crystal clear, head-up display of current speed.
is more than just useful: it's a Very Good Thing for both safety and for reducing
driver distraction. Only visible to the driver, it provides your speed at any
given moment and even while you're watching the road ahead you're always aware
of your exact road speed. There's also a Distance Alert function that warns
if you get too close to the vehicle in front.
3008 is easy to park,
has no height issues
entering and leaving
multi-story car parks and
will sleep in the average
For the record, the range-topping Exclusive models come generously equipped
with a Cielo panoramic glass roof, auto headlights and wipers, four auto one-shot
up/down electric windows, Head-Up display, Distance Alert, built-in roller-blind
mesh sun visors for the second row windows, tyre pressure sensor, climate control
bi-zone air conditioning (that does very hot and icy cold equally well), 17-inch
alloys with energy-saver tyres, rear parking aid, cruise control with speed
limiter, MP3-compatible audio system, leather steering wheel, front fog lights,
height-adjustable front seats, Multiflex storage system, automatic electric
parking brake (with Hill Assist), Electronic Stability Programme, height-adjustable
front seat belts, six airbags and a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.
With compact dimensions (4,365mm long / 1,639mm high / 1,837mm wide) the 3008
is easy to park, has no height issues entering and leaving multi-story car parks
and will sleep in the average domestic garage.
A family-friendly car par excellence, the 3008 handles loads as nonchalantly
as it handles children. Lift up the neat upper rear tailgate and you'll find
a practical lower section that drops down for easy loading and which is substantial
enough (it will support 200kg) for sitting on perfect, in fact, for family
Admittedly the 60:40 split rear seats don't slide but whenever you need to increase
the carrying space from the boot-only 512 litres to the maximum 1,604 litres,
simply pull the release levers in the boot and the backrests fold down automatically.
The 3008's Multiflex load system proved to be especially useful in a
nutshell, the boot floor doubles as a multi-level shelf and the lightweight
lift-out floor section can be repositioned at any one of three-levels with an
easy single-handed movement. Not only can large items be easily accommodated
but a number of smaller items can be carried both below and on the shelf. Don't
need it at all? Easy just drop it down out of the way.
its centre position this sturdy 'shelf' matches the level of the folded backrests
as well as the opened lower tailgate so providing a continuous long, flat load-bay.
With the rear backrests in use, there's a useful ski-flap. Other handy 'cargo'
features include a flexi luggage net and a front passenger seat backrest that
folds down to facilitate transporting extra-long items. Another practical feature
is the large, self-charging torch that doubles as a boot light.
The electric handbrake
the brake when you
switch off the engine...
So, no arguing with the build quality, looks or versatility of the 3008. But
what about the driving experience? Good news: for a start, it's built on a version
of the same platform underpinning the 308 as well as the new 5008. It may sport
an SUV-ish air but the 3008 is front-wheel drive only and handles tidily and
drives well. The suspension is supple and provides a cosseting, compliant and
controlled ride that really does smooth out the bumps in the road and
that with our test car running on meaty tyres (235/45 section) and 18-inch wheels.
Always of importance to a car's driveability is the driver's visibility
in the case of the 3008 it's fine, both to the front and the side and there
are no problems with the long, sloping A-pillars. Large door mirrors are a boon
and, in spite of fairly substantial C-pillar styling, rearwards visibility is
good too. Of course, visual and audible reversing aids do their bit to make
parking and going backwards as hassle free as possible.
Combined with a pronounced lack of road noise, a refined cabin and a long-legged
sixth gear, the 110bhp turbodiesel makes for civilised cruising long-distance
journeys are particularly restful and, on Continental excursions, it will lope
along at an unruffled 95+mph. On UK motorways, pick up in 5th and 6th gears
is brisk, even when cruising at the legal limit.
Also contributing to its easy-to-drive character is the decent amount of front-end
bite and no noticeable body roll even when pressing on some. In fact,
for a tallish high-riding vehicle, the 3008's handling control really is praiseworthy.
The steering on the light side and great for parking is also quick
and accurate and has enough feedback to impart a real sense of the road. Braking
is also fine; strong and with immediate response to pedal pressure.
practical touches include an electric handbrake that does it all for you
in addition to a 'hill hold' function it automatically applies the brake when
you switch off the engine; and when the engine is running, automatically releases
the brake so long as you're belted up as you drive away. Other
good features include opposed wipers that clear a great deal of the windscreen
and washers that deliver a really strong, long spray over the screen but only
require a momentary touch of the stalk button to do so.
The practical, easy-to-
and truly multi-purpose
is a hard act to beat...
from a safety angle are the driver-operated child locks for the rear doors and
windows and the overhead 'in use' seat belt display. It's little, and often
overlooked, things like these that make the 3008 such an easy car to live with
Keen drivers will be pleased to learn that more powerful 150bhp petrol and diesel
versions come with a 'roll control' device fitted to the rear axle called, logically,
Dynamic Roll Control. This, as its name suggests, controls and limits the body
roll that's normally the bane of tall vehicles during fast cornering
on straight roads the 3008's suspension still absorbs bumps easily but when
driving through twisty bends and round corners a third shock absorber in the
rear suspension comes into play to minimise roll. It also reduces fore and aft
pitching during acceleration and braking. Even without DRC, the 3008 offers
a controlled ride; with it, the more powerful versions are even better.
For an extra £460 the 3008 can also be specified with Grip Control. This
is a clever electric differential system that adds a degree of four-wheel drive
capability without the extra weight and hardware penalties of a full-blown all-wheel
drive system. Intended to provide extra traction and safety for towing and in
bad weather conditions, Grip Control is called-up by the driver using a rotary
switch with five settings: Standard, Snow, Off-Road (Mud/Dirt/Wet Grass), Sand
and ESP-off. To maximise its benefits, Grip Control-equipped 3008s are fitted
with Mud+Snow tyres. And it is amazingly effective: at the press launch last
year we watched as a 1.6-litre 3008 with Grip Control towed and launched a glider
across a bumpy grass field!
Our test 3008's 110bhp 1.6-litre HDi diesel unit proved to be civilised and
willing and, mated to an easy-changing, six-speed manual 'box, will get you
to the benchmark 62mph in a quick enough 12.2 seconds and on to a 112mph top
speed. Thanks to 192lb ft of torque on tap from 1,750rpm, it's also a responsive
performer with decent mid-range torque. It's economical, too: combined economy
is officially 55.4mpg; during a busy week spent crawling through urban traffic
and quick motorway runs to the coast we recorded a real-life 47.1mpg. Not bad
If you're in the market for a crossover it's true that you'll be spoilt for
choice VW Tiguan, Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga, to name but a few. However,
with its very competitive pricing (£16,695 to £22,795), the practical, easy-to-drive,
good-to-travel-in and truly multi-purpose Peugeot 3008 is a hard act to beat.
Peugeot 3008 Exclusive 1.6 HDi 110 FAP | £20,595
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 12.2 seconds | Overall test MPG: 47.1mpg
Power: 110bhp | Torque: 192lb ft | CO2 137g/km