During May 2008, Peugeot unveiled their brand-new crossover car, the Peugeot 3008. It was warmly received and when it came to market, it was awarded Irish car of the year. However, some may have had difficulties calling this a "real crossover". It lacked something. This car was more MPV than SUV, and while it may be an extremely practical machine, it just wasn't throwing enough competition in the general direction of the Nissan Qashqai. The new Peugeot 3008 is a completely different story. It has shaken off the MPV look and all round, this is a different machine. It looks better, feels better and is better. This is now an SUV.
From 2017, the Irish market will benefit from a range of engines. Our test car at the international launch was a 2.0 BlueHDi. It will be available in both manual and automatic form and this model will offer 150 bhp. While we recommend going for the automatic version in this instance, the only slight negative we found was that the gears didn't change as fluidly as they could have - still though, it's a very comfortable ride. Other engines available to the new 3008 line-up include a 1.6 BlueHDi offering 120bhp & 100bhp. There will also be a 1.2-litre PureTech with a 3-cylinder petrol engine. Annual road tax on most engines will cost between €190 and €200, depending on which engine you opt for. There is also a 1.6 petrol engine available which offers 165bhp.
On the road, the new Peugeot 3008 is a very easy vehicle to live with. It grips the road well and only throws up a small bit of expected body roll on bends. As previously mentioned, there can be a tiny bit of a lag in the EAT6 automatic gear changes, but this car is put together nicely and the gear changes will be unnoticeable to most. In terms of its ability to deal with Irish potholes - we don't think that'll be much of an issue, the suspension is nicely set up. This car is not available with four-wheel drive; however, it does come available with grip control - which acts is a very intelligent traction control system -which means hills and snow will be easier to navigate than a conventional two-wheel drive car.
This is certainly a refined cruiser. It is more refined than the very practical predecessor and overall, the interior feeling of the vehicle is much classier. The engine is slightly audible when the foot is heavy to the floor, but not bad enough to be classed as "lacking refinement". While the interior may feel classier, it is completely different from the last model which was very airy and fresh. Even the interior of the new 3008 is more "SUV" than before. It is very much a wraparound experience, but it does not leave you feeling claustrophobic.
Good quality materials are used within the vehicle itself and this is probably the best-looking interior we've seen from Peugeot. The manufacturer now has a new TFT display as the instrument binnacle and it impresses nearly as much as the TFT displays currently in use by Audi. Peugeot also has a perfume button - like what you'd find in the BMW 7 Series. This is also the first of the Peugeot range to utilise the second generation of i-Cockpit - which is the reason for the TFT equipment. If you are in the market for one of these, we also recommend looking at their FOCAL sound system. It's excellent.
This car was recently tested for the Euro NCAP and it earned a full five stars for safety. There is a host of driving aids available with the new 3008 with items including; Road Sign Reading and Speed Limit Recommendation system, Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert, Lane Departure Warning System, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, Driver Attention Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop function, and more.
This car now offers an additional 90 litres of space in the boot, which brings the space up to 520 litres - extra space is always welcome! Leg room to the rear and front is ample. The only negative is that the rear seats seem a little bit too straight, and some might find them slightly uncomfortable.