What's the used Peugeot 3008 estate like?
The French have often been trendsetters both in style and engineering, but they were surprisingly late to the small SUV party. Happily for them, the latest Peugeot 3008 is remarkably good, making up for their tardiness.
Whereas the previous incarnation had elements of MPV about it, the styling of the second-generation 3008 is all SUV, because it's tall and blocky, with tough-looking black plastic cladding all over the exterior.
Engines range from a turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol all the way up to a powerful, if slightly unrefined, 2.0-litre diesel with 178bhp. The higher-powered 2.0-litre diesel (there's also a 148bhp 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 and a 129bhp 1.2 three-cylinder turbo petrol that's smooth and punchy.
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 very good. 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.
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.
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.
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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