3008 Sport HDi 110
for a crossover? You
could buy a Qashqai, Golf Plus,
Tiguan, C Max, Kuga,
Honda CR-V, Freelander or RAV4.
Alternatively, with prices ranging
from £15,995 to £21,895, theres
PEUGEOT'S NEW 3008 is based on the medium sized Peugeot 308 platform
which already supplies the Hatch and SW estate body styles. The new crossover
addition sits between the two of them for length (4,365mm) but is much taller
(at 1,639mm) and also wider (2,113mm), making it roomier as well. Plus there
is a much larger boot/load area: from 512 litres with the rear seats in use
to 1,604 litres with the rear three seats folded.
The front-wheel drive 3008's styling is a combination of five-door hatchback
cum tall MPV people carrier cum SUV 4x4. The similar concept Nissan Qashqai
established this new segment and it's currently the clear market leader and
the best-selling SUV ahead of the Honda CR-V, Land Rover Freelander and the
Clearly customers still like the rugged looks of an SUV but do not necessarily
want the fuel-guzzling 4x4 drivetrain, and they still want the versatile seating
and load carrying of an MPV but in a good handling, medium sized family car.
Roll all these requirements and wants together and you end up with a crossover
and the five-door, five-seater 3008 would seem to fit the bill perfectly.
I like the styling of the 3008 and prefer its rounded front to the over-emphasised
nose-heavy styling of the existing 308 models. The newcomer has the design cues
from other Peugeot models at the front but with a more refined interpretation
of the open-mouth grille and 'feline' lights.
The 3008's forward-positioned windscreen gives a swept back aerodynamic look,
and the rising waistline and curved roof provides a coupe-esque side elevation.
The B-pillars and rear-quarter C-pillars are quite wide, so visibility for the
driver can be an issue. At the rear is a very neat split tailgate. The top section
hinges upwards and provides the usual tailgate entrance but a lower section
hinges downwards to give even better access for bulky loads or even for
the family dog!
In the large, uncluttered load area there is what Peugeot calls a 'Multiflex'
system: a three-position load floor that is easy to use and allows the load
to be positioned at the best height with more items stored under the floor.
The three rear seats also fold down easily and provide a large, flat load floor.
Boot space is 512 litres with the rear seats in use and a very practical 1,604
litres with them folded.
The front passenger compartment is laid out in a similar style with a twin-cockpit
arrangement, and the driving position and siting of all the controls and switches
is first class. I was able to set a virtually perfect (just right for me) position
between the seat and the steering column, and the high up 'command' seating
is also first rate.
might find the seats on the soft side but I liked them. With its very compliant
and controlled ride, the 3008 is a very comfortable car. And even with the front
seats moved right back there is still ample legroom for rear seat passengers.
More impressive still was the quality of the interior; much improved and something
existing Peugeot customers will find heartening.
a very compliant
and controlled ride
a comfortable one...
There are three trim and equipment levels Active, Sport and Exclusive.
The mid-range Sport is expected to be the best seller. All models have air conditioning,
electric front windows, front fog lights, energy saving tyres, the Multiflex
load carrying system, automatic electric parking brake, electronic stability
programme and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Active versions have 17-inch steel wheels whilst Sport and Exclusive have 17-inch
alloys. The Sport models have added specification over Active in the form of
rear parking sensors, cruise control, an upgraded sound system, interior lighting
pack, Dynamic Roll Control (for the more powerful versions) and a leather-bound
Exclusive models gain a huge panoramic sunroof, head-up display, distance alert,
row-two sun visor side curtains, alarm, additional interior storage boxes, climate
control, tyre pressure sensors and added exterior brightwork.
In addition, there are many and varied extra-cost options to turn the 3008 into
exactly what each customer specifically wants. One item, which costs an extra
£450, is so good it should be fitted as standard. The extra cost will be easily
retrieved on the trade-in value because used car buyers will most definitely
want it, especially those who plan to use the 3008 for towing, driving off-road
or for more easily coping with the UK's wet, icy and snowy roads in Winter.
This innovative optional extra is called Grip Control and, in conjunction with
special Michelin 'Mud & Snow' tyres, it uses a clever electronic differential
(which includes traction control) to optimise the traction of both front wheels;
it can even switch all the power to just one wheel if that wheel has the best
grip. It also lets the driver choose one of five settings Standard, Snow,
All-terrain, Sand and ESP Off that best suits the prevailing driving
To prove just how good this system is, Peugeot demonstrated it by using a 3008
with a 1.6-litre petrol engine to tow a glider on a grass runway fast enough
for the pilot to get the glider airborne! Grip Control is very effective and
customers should definitely tick the box on their order form.
Another clever new technical innovation, found on sportier 1.6 THP petrol and
2.0 HDi FAP diesel models, is Dynamic Roll Control. As the title suggests, this
function controls and limits body roll normally experienced by tall vehicles
during fast cornering. Essentially, this system employs a third shock absorber
in the rear suspension system fitted horizontally and linked to the two vertical
shock absorbers. This third element reduces roll side-to-side by stiffening
the suspension and also reduces fore and aft pitching during acceleration and
Without it the 3008 is still a sharp handling vehicle; with it, it is even better.
In all forms, in fact, the 3008 offers a very compliant and controlled ride
and also a comfortable one. The steering is on the light side but at
least it is precise; and the feedback is good.
I won't go into detail about the power units as they are all well known current
Peugeot engines: fuel-efficient, clean and eco-friendly. Engines available are,
as tested here, the 1.6-litre HDi 110 FAP diesel, 2.0 HDi 150/163 diesels, the
range-starter model 1.6-litre VTi 120 petrol and a 1.6 THP 150 petrol.
The choice engine from the range for most retail customers, with prices from
£17,795, will be the petrol 1.6 THP 150 with continuous variable valve timing
and power boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger. This unit produces 177lb ft
of torque from just 1,400rpm so it has the eager low-speed response characteristics
of a diesel unit. Fuel economy is 38.1mpg in the combined cycle and that is
exactly what it achieved when I drove one. With CO2 emissions of 176g/km, road
tax is £175 a year. Top speed is 125mph and 0-62mph takes a brisk 8.9 seconds.
The most popular engine will undoubtedly be the 1.6 HDi 110 FAP diesel. It produces
177lb ft at 1,750rpm in normal mode but 192lb ft in overboost under hard acceleration.
Top speed is 112mph and 0-62mph takes 12.2 seconds. The official average fuel
economy is 55.3mpg but my test car only returned 44mpg over a variety of roads
ranging from town traffic to motorways. CO2 emissions are 137g/km, so road tax
is a relatively low £120 a year.
Overall, the new Peugeot 3008 is a very welcome newcomer to the ranks of 'new-age'
vehicles. Complaints? Only that something as good as Grip Control isn't standard.
In its favour, the 3008 looks smart (if a little conservative) with a practical,
user-friendly design, it is the right size, appears well made, has a roomy and
versatile interior and a large load capability, drives well, is comfortable
and well equipped and has excellent handling control for a tall vehicle.
Peugeot 3008 Sport HDi 110 FAP | £18,495
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 12.2 seconds | Overall test MPG: 44mpg
Power: 110bhp | Torque: 177-192lb ft | CO2: 137g/km | Insurance group: