2021 Peugeot 3008 Review

5/5

Overview

This is the facelifted version of the second generation 3008 and comes complete with a choice of two petrol turbo engines and two turbo diesel engines. When the Peugeot 3008 was reborn as a full-fat SUV, instead of a high-riding MPV, Peugeot pulled did everything to make the 3008 one of the best cars in a very competitive class. Its design, build quality and practical interior were improved in every way, even beating some premium rivals, leading the 3008 to scoop numerous awards. Now, for 2021, the 3008 has been facelifted to update its looks and interior, and keep it competitive. There is also a pair of cutting-edge plug-in hybrids. There’s a front-driven version, possessing 222bhp, but of more interest is the four-wheel-drive Hybrid4 300 with its 296bhp of total output – basically Golf R power. Its more relevant stats are 29g/km of CO2 emissions and 36 miles of fully electric range, mind.

Pros
  • Typical Peugeot pedigree and fun
  • State of the art interior design
  • Comprehensive list of safety equipment
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Not as enjoyable to drive as some rivals

Exterior

The new model is a marked contrast to what went before as the previous model was more hatchback-like in its appearance. It makes a positive impression on anyone who sees it with the new frameless grille, plastic cladding and aggressive lights giving it serious road presence. This is further enhanced by the ‘Black Pack’ styling option that you will find on the top of the range ‘GT’ and ‘GT Premium’ models. It looks the part whether it be on the school run or in the local supermarket carpark. 

Interior

The interior is possibly the 3008’s strongest selling point. It was already impressive but has only been improved upon by the designers. While the dashboard might look spectacular it is surprisingly practical to use, everything is laid out sensibly and ergonomically excellent. The materials are of the highest quality and comes with a striking array of colours that will make the VW group interiors seem very drab by comparison. There is a great driving position and extremely supportive seats that come with massage functions on certain models. There are lots of useful cubby-holes, USB ports and storage spaces too. 

Performance

The 3008 is supple enough to offer the comfort you expect from a family car but with the directness in corners you will really enjoy when you are driving alone. The signature small steering wheel helps with the cars swift reactions, allowing you to take corners with confidence. We predict that Irish buyers will go for the petrol versions and both the 1.2 and 1.6 petrol variants are 200kg lighter than the diesel equivalent. For those you who are looking for something more economical, we recommend the Hybrid which is actually cheaper than the top-spec diesel. The front-drive Hybrid 225 has an eight-speed auto box an all-electric range of 32 miles and can get from 0 – 100 kilometres per hour in 8.9 seconds. 

Reliability

Peugeot’s recent reliability record is excellent and all models come with a five year extended warranty. 

Running Costs

Peugeot have built the 3008 using light steel as well as copious amounts of aluminium and plastics. A consequence of this is that it can be driven by small and frugal engines. The 1.5 litre 128bhp diesel returns a claimed figure of 60.8 mpg and emits 122-148g/km of CO2. As is the trend on the Irish market at the moment, most buyers will probably go for the petrol variants on offer. The entry level 1.2 litre boasts economy figures of 48mpg and emits 133-163g/km CO2 while the high-end 1.6 litre unit manages 43.3mpg and emits 148-177g/km of CO2.

Handling

The 3008 is quietly composed on an open road with little in the way of body lean. The overriding feeling is one of comfort as the suspension glides over bumps and potholes with ease. It is also straightforward to drive around town while remaining refined on the motorway.

Safety

The 3008 comes with a wide range of standard safety equipment and was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
90%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

This is the facelifted version of the second generation 3008 and comes complete with a choice of two petrol turbo engines and two turbo diesel engines. When the Peugeot 3008 was reborn as a full-fat SUV, instead of a high-riding MPV, Peugeot pulled did everything to make the 3008 one of the best cars in a very competitive class. Its design, build quality and practical interior were improved in every way, even beating some premium rivals, leading the 3008 to scoop numerous awards. Now, for 2021, the 3008 has been facelifted to update its looks and interior, and keep it competitive. There is also a pair of cutting-edge plug-in hybrids. There’s a front-driven version, possessing 222bhp, but of more interest is the four-wheel-drive Hybrid4 300 with its 296bhp of total output – basically Golf R power. Its more relevant stats are 29g/km of CO2 emissions and 36 miles of fully electric range, mind.