Peugeot 3008

The Essentials

  • Price from £17,195
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 74.4mpg
  • What is it? The Peugeot 3008 blends MPV practicality with SUV styling. Shame the back seats aren't roomier

Great

  • Easy to drive and practical
  • Spacious interior with easy-to-fold rear seats
  • Split tailgate offers useful versatility

Gripes

  • Alloy wheels cost extra on most models
  • Not the most thrilling car to drive
  • 3008s without Dynamic Roll Control could bring on car sickness
  • Drive

    Easy to drive, with a good range of engines. Go for versions with Dynamic Roll Control

  • Inside

    Snazzy centre console effectively splits the front section into two. Great view out

  • Safety

    Rest easy: with six airbags and stability control as standard, plus optional Grip Control, you should be safe

  • Reliability

    Mechanically it should be fine. Could this car signal an end to Peugeot's reliability woes?

  • Space

    Comfortable in the front but it's a little tight in the back. Easy-folding seats create a huge flat load bay

  • Standard and extras

    All get electric windows and air-con, we like the models with a head-up display projecting your speed onto the windscreen

  • What's it like to drive?

    All 3008s are refined and easy to drive, but to enjoy the Peugeot at its best, you'll need to buy a version with Dynamic Roll Control. This feature reduces body sway, making the 3008 much more composed on winding roads.
    Go for the turbocharged 154bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine if you can afford the hefty fuel bills. Otherwise, the 148bhp 2.0 diesel engine is a better bet. There's also a hybrid version, which switches smoothly between electric and diesel power, but is blighted by a jerky semi-automatic gearbox.

  • What's it like inside?

    The high driving position gives a great view of the road ahead, but look around and you'll be equally impressed by the quality of the cabin. A central console contains most of the important controls and a big storage bin, without robbing you of too much space elbow space.
    The Peugeot's party piece is its ingenious boot. The floor is height-adjustable floor and the split tailgate can double as a handy picnic bench or nappy-changing area. If you need even more room, folding the rear seats down is a doddle  just tug a lever in the boot.
    You won't be so impressed by the amount of space in the rear, though; the limited amount of kneeroom makes life uncomfortable for taller teens and adults. The central rear seat is the worst in the house, but at least the flat floor means you don't have to splay your legs over a transmission tunnel.

  • How reliable is it?

    Peugeot doesn't have the best reputation for durability, but the 3008 was rated 'excellent' for mechanical reliability in the latest JD Power ownership satisfaction survey.
    Safety kit includes six airbags, stability control and Isofix child seat mountings in the two rear seats and the front passenger seat. When crash-tested by Euro NCAP, the 3008 achieved an 86% score for adult safety and 81% for child protection. That makes it less safe than a Mazda CX-5.

  • Should I buy one?

    Looking for a more interesting take on a five-seat MPV? The 3008 could be the answer, although the restricted rear kneeroom might be an issue if you have lanky teenagers; for bigger families, try the Peugeot 5008.
    The 3008 isn't likely to be worth as much as a Nissan Qashqai when you come to sell, but the diesel versions are at least relatively efficient, making fuel and tax bills affordable. The diesel hybrid version claims over 70mpg, but is very pricey to buy.