What's the used Peugeot 3008 estate like?
The French have often been trendsetters both in terms of style and engineering, so it came as no surprise when the original Peugeot 3008 morphed from an MPV in its first generation into this fashionable SUV in its second.
Indeed its striking look is bang on-trend, eye-catching, raised up and blocky, with tough-looking black plastic cladding all over its handsome exterior. What's more, the interior lives up to the billing supplied by the outside, being equally as innovative, so if Peugeot took any sort of gamble with the styling, it certainly paid off. It's a remarkably good car, too, and not just to look at, and used examples are now proving to be good and very solid buys.
Engines range from a turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol all the way up to a powerful 2.0-litre diesel with 178bhp. The higher-powered 2.0-litre diesel (there was also a 148bhp version, later replaced by a 129bhp 1.5-litre version) comes as standard with an automatic gearbox. Furthermore, there's a 163bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine that's also fitted with an automatic gearbox as standard. Then, in models from 2019 onwards, you have the plug-in hybrid options. The Hybrid 225 is two-wheel drive and offers 222bhp, while the other Hybrid4 300 is all-wheel drive with a whopping 296bhp.
Even the standard Active-spec 3008 is well equipped, with dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. It doesn’t come with sat-nav, but you do get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can use a smartphone navigation app instead.
Allure adds blindspot monitoring, active lane keeping assistance, auto-dipping headlights, a driver attention monitor, sat-nav, interior ambient lighting, power-folding mirrors, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and 18in alloy wheels.
GT Line has full LED headlights and wireless smartphone charging, while GT features adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, a powered tailgate, 19in alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof, leather trim, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with a massage function and wood trim to replace the cloth inserts on the doors and dashboard.
Engines start with a turbocharged 129bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol that's very smooth, eager to rev and surprisingly peppy. It's more than up to the task of hauling the 3008 around. Next up is a 163bhp 1.6-litre petrol that's fitted with an automatic gearbox as standard. This is a smooth performer but not as economical as the smaller unit. Of the diesels, the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 comes with 129bhp and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. It’s a flexible engine that might not make the 3008 particularly fast, but does offer strong real-world pace and will pull the car effortlessly even when fully loaded. The 2.0 BlueHDi 180 is strong, but is very expensive compared to the rest of the range. The Hybrid4 300 has impressively rapid outright acceleration and is officially able to travel up to 40 miles under electric power alone from a full charge – although you can expect a figure closer to 25-30 miles in real-world driving conditions.
The 3008 has a softer ride than most in its class and manages to soak up the worst of the road furniture with aplomb. Sharp ruts can upset it during cornering, where rivals such as the Seat Ateca seem to perform better. On the whole, though, it’s impressive. The steering is precise and quick at low speeds, too, helped partly by its small steering wheel.
It's inside where this 3008 took the biggest strides. The interior design is a little different from most, but once you get over the initial novelty of it, you settle into what is a very stylish environment devoid of unnecessary button clutter, because all the infotainment and air conditioning controls are taken care of through an 8.0in touchscreen.
Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard design works well in the 3008. Instead of looking at the instruments through the steering wheel, as you do in most cars, the dials are high up on the dashboard with a small steering wheel below. In some other Peugeot models the steering wheel can block the instruments, but in the 3008 this doesn’t appear to be an issue.
All models get a 12.3in digital instrument display instead of more traditional dials, and this is configurable depending on what information you want it to show. It's Peugeot's take on the Audi Virtual Cockpit and helps to set the 3008 apart from its Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai rivals.
There's plenty of space up front and a number of storage options for loose items. Rear seat accommodation isn't class-leading, but there is a flat floor for more foot room. The rear bench splits 60:40 and can lie completely flat, and an adjustable height boot floor is standard, along with a folding front passenger seat to help loading longer loads. The boot itself is par for the course, so it can manage a buggy and a couple of suitcases.
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