- Practical storage space
- Rewarding drive
- Generous equipment
- Feels a little dated
- Not the most assured car about town
- Hybrid is expensive
Striking-looking crossover is practical and versatile
The Peugeot 3008, when it was first introduced in 2009, was the French manufacturer’s first entry into the family crossover market. Unlike a lot of cars in this sector, the 3008 really is a true crossover car. It blends SUV, MPV, and family hatchback, to create a good-looking, practical, and safe family solution. The 3008 today finds itself in a crowded market, with the best-selling Nissan Qashqai being the main competitor. It feels a little date today in comparison, but it was good enough to win the ‘What Car?’ car of the year award in 2010, and it still holds up strong today.
2014 saw a minor facelift, whilst more features were added to the standard specification.
Spacious, practical, and well-designed
Unlike a lot of new cars in the Peugeot range, the 3008 hasn’t had the futuristic update that you’d find in a 208, or a 308. Nevertheless, interior quality is solid, and the design is practical. There’s also lots of storage space, and generous standard equipment.
The dashboard of the 3008 today looks a little bit dated, especially when you compare it with some competitors. It is still attractive however, and all switches are exactly where you’d expect them to be. Materials quality is good for the most part, though cheaper plastics can be found underneath the dash. Switchgear, though easy to use, does unfortunately look a little old-fashioned now.
When it comes to storage space, the 3008 really excels. There are few family crossovers that come close to the 3008 for practicality. With 512 litres of boot space, there’s more room than in a Nissan Qashqai (430 litres), the Honda CR-V (442 litres), and even the Kia Sportage (503 litres). There’s also a split tailgate that makes getting heavy and awkward items a doddle, and a three-stage boot floor for added flexibility.
Since the update in 2014, spec levels in the 3008 are pretty impressive. Even the entry-level Active trim comes as standard with electric windows, air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors, alloy wheels, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Allure trim adds the exceptional panoramic roof, which is both stunning, and improves all-round visibility.
The inside of the 3008 really is a well thought out family package. It might not be the most modern design, but the quality is good, and there’s more storage solutions than you can shake a stick at.
Quiet, refined, and controlled
The Peugeot 3008 is a car that values comfort over fun, and that’s the way it should be - this is a family car after all. Nevertheless, the 3008 performs pretty well, especially at speed. This does depend on whether the car is fitted with the Dynamic Roll Centre fitted, but with it, it’s actually quite a rewarding car to drive along country roads. Steering is light and responsive, though it’s not quite as impressive around town.
When it comes to comfort, the 3008 excels, especially at higher speeds. Again, the 3008 is not quite so impressive around town, but get it on the open road and it irons out all but the worst of loose surfaces and potholes without too much fuss. With the Dynamic Roll Centre fitted there’s also very little in the way of body roll, but without it, it does sway a little bit through the corners. There’s very little in the way of road and wind noise either, which makes it an impressive motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the 3008 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission that features a relatively short throw, which makes changing gear fast and precise. There’s also an automatic transmission available on the 118bhp 1.6 BlueHDi, and the Hybrid version, which is decent, though it is sometimes a bit slow to change gear.
Solid range of versatile engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your 3008, you’ve got three options: petrol, diesel, or diesel-hybrid. There’s good value to be had throughout the range, though petrol-powered 3008s are noticeably thirstier, and worse for the environment.
Power is not usually a criteria that buyers value in a family car, so the 3008 doesn’t really have a performance-orientated model. Nevertheless, there’s enough grunt in the range to keep petrolheads with a family happy. The petrol-powered 1.6 THP for example produces 156bhp, and will get you from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds. Those are hardly headline figures, but it feels quick when you get it on the open road.
Eco-friendly buyers will be delighted to learn that the 3008 boasts a hybrid option in its range. The diesel-hybrid 2.0 litre e-HDi Hybrid4 also produces just 90g/km of C02 emissions. That’s enough to get you free road tax, as well as helping to save the planet. For a car of this size those figures are mightily impressive.
The hybrid is also the most fuel efficient, with 80.6mpg on offer. It is significantly more expensive than the rest of the range though, so it might not appeal to money savers. The best option for those on a budget is the diesel-powered 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S Automatic, which offers up to 67mpg. It’s not quite as efficient as the hybrid, but it’s significantly cheaper to buy.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your 3008, you’re going to get enough power, reasonably low CO2 emissions, and solid fuel efficiency, especially if you avoid the petrol engines in the range.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, good safety kit as standard
Like nearly every car in its class, the 3008 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 86% in adult safety, 81% in child safety, and 31% in pedestrian safety, it’s not quite up there with the best in its class. Nevertheless, it’s still a pretty safe car. Even as standard you’ll also get six airbags and electronic stability control. It’s disappointing to see the lack of lane assist, and city braking, but the 3008 is still a safe family car.
Good value for money, especially if you buy a used model
The Peugeot 3008 represents excellent value for money for family buyers. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking, CO2 levels are quite low throughout the range, and fuel efficiency is impressive. It’s worth noting that petrol-powered 3008s are much less efficient, and will cost more to tax, due to their higher emissions, so if you want to say money day-to-day, it’s definitely worth considering diesel power.
Insurance costs in the 3008 are as you’d expect from a family crossover vehicle. It’s not the cheapest by any means, but it’s certainly no more expensive than alternatives from other brands. The cheapest model in the range to insure is the 1.6 HDi Active, which is in group 14, whilst the most expensive is the range-topping, super-efficient 2.0 e-HDi Hybrid4, which is in group 26.
Depreciation is a factor with the 3008, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Peugeot 3008 still remains one of the best family crossovers currently on sale today. It might feel a little dated in comparison with some rivals, but there’s without doubt good value to be had. There’s tonnes of practical storage solutions, a good range of engines, and impressive comfort. It’s not the most modern offering on the market, but it’s definitely an option worth serious consideration.
Buying a used Peugeot 3008 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Peugeot 3008 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used 3008. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Peugeot 3008 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Peugeot? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Peugeot 3008, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used 3008, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Peugeot to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.