The Peugeot 3008 was recently crowned European Car of the Year 2017 so is it a worthy winner asks Hannah Gordon
What is it? The Peugeot 3008 is a mid sized cross over with plenty of new tech, it even won European Car of the Year in 2017 so I am expecting great things.
Who is it aimed at? Its a trendy looking car with amples of useable space and practicality, it would suit a growing family or young couple looking to upgrade from a smaller hatchback style car.
What about Styling? Its like the future has spilled out at Peugeot headquarters and a concept looking car has actually come together into a rather dashing vehicle that pleases everyone’s eye. The 3008 definitely has a concept car feel about it but it also retains a bullish styled front end that confirms its SUV status and the GT spec features diamond cut 19” alloy wheels and splashes of chrome detailing all around. The previous 3008 had a massive identity crisis whereas the new 3008 is bold and beautiful.
Under the bonnet? There are four engine choices, two petrol (1.2 and 1.6) and two diesel (1.6 and 2.0). The GT comes solely with the 2.0 litre diesel and can only be opted with the 6 speed EAT Automatic gearbox. The 2.0l diesel engine is fairly quick and will propel you to 62mph in 8.9 seconds, the engine also produces 180 bhp. Under load the diesel engine does become grumbly, but the automatic gearbox is normally slick and doesn’t hesitate too much on gear changes. The 2.0l diesel wouldn’t be everyones choice but it certainly makes sense for towing as the 3008 can tow up to 1700kg.
What about inside? As if the exterior styling wasn’t enough to entice you into buying the 3008 the interior style will surely have you signing on the dotted line. Peugeot have created i-Cockpit which aims to bring together technology to help the driver and make the driving experience more enjoyable. The cockpit contains a 12.3” head up digital display, 8” centre console touch screen and a multi function steering wheel which are all connected and enable you to specify many functions and personalisation. The compact steering wheel fits really well in the 3008, unlike in the smaller 208 and 308 where the dash is obscured, due to the higher seating position in the 3008 the steering wheel feels sporty and useable. The dash has been ergonomically designed to wrap and immerse the driver into the cabin and it feels a special place to be, the piano key toggle switches are easy to use and look fantastic. The GT also came with an electric massage seat for the driver, smartphone wireless charging plate and a panoramic roof. In the rear all the seats fold completely flat and the boot has a floor which can sit at two levels, another great addition by Peugeot is the folding front passenger seat for when you need to carry longer objects.
On the road? The 3008 feels tight and compact on the road with limited body roll and with plenty of punch from the 2.0l diesel engine, the automatic gearbox shifts well and it really comes into its own when driving in town. The large 19” alloys do mean comfort on bumper country roads is compromised but they look great so I’m sure I could live with a slightly more uncomfortable ride. The small steering wheel gives the steering a sporty feel but you can start to feel every movement in the road, after driving it for a while though this soon gets forgotten.
And Safety? As standard the 3008 is packed with safety features including Automatic Emergency Braking System, Speed Limit Recognition and Distance Alert System. Available as standard on the GT version is Active Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Smartbeam assistance, Driver Attention Alert and Peugeot Connect and SOS assistance.
What are my Options? As always metallic paint will cost you extra at £525, if you decide a two tone paint job which the press car had then that is an added £1300. Focal premium HiFi system will set you back an extra £590 and a Visia 360 degree colour camera system and assisted parking is a £450 option.
Will it break the bank? The 2.0l diesel isn’t the most economical out of the bunch but it certainly won’t break the bank, figures by Peugeot show that it has a combined mpg of 58.9 and a CO2 output of 124 g/km. With the new tax rules that began in April 2017 that means that your first year tax rate will be £160 and will then go down to £140 for the following years.
So the Verdict? A big gap was left on the driveway when the 3008 was picked up, it was a superb car, styling is futuristic and fresh whilst the interior is the best on the market right now. There are clever storage solutions and space is abundant when the seats are folded flat. The GT version is pricey and badge snobs will definitely not want to part with £30k for it but it is worthy of its World Car of the Year accolade and should you want a trendy car for the school run this should be at the top of your list.
Why you’ll buy one? Styling; Exquisite interior
Why you won’t? GT is pricey
Peugeot 3008 GT
Max speed: 131 mph
0-62 mph: 8.9 seconds
Emissions: 124 g/km
Model price range: from £33,695
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP : 5
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 58.9 mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up: 591 litres
Length: 4447 mm
Width: 1841 mm
Height: 1620 mm
Wheelbase: 2675 mm
26th June, 2017