But this begs the question of whether or not the 3008 is merely a design exercise, or whether there is true ability as a comfortable, family SUV lurking beneath the skin.
To make things more difficult for the Peugeot 3008, it competes in one of the most competitive segments of the market, the midsize SUV category, going up against the likes of the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester. With competition this stiff, the Peugeot needs to perform exceptionally well in the areas of occupant space and comfort, features, fuel economy and safety in order to stay on par with its cheaper rivals.
How well does the Peugeot 3008 perform as a family SUV, then? Let’s find out.
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Peugeot 3008 (ALLURE 1.6 THP) Specifications
|Variant||ALLURE 1.6 THP|
|Fuel type||PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL|
|Transmission||6 SP AUTOMATIC|
|Engine configuration||VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valve|
|Engine RPM||6000 / 1400|
|Fuel tank size||53.0|
|Fuel usage specs||7.3 / 0.0|
|ANCAP security rating||5|
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How Much Does It Cost?
The Peugeot 3008 range kicks off from $44,990 for the entry-level 3008 Allure, with prices for the 3008 GT starting at $47,990. Opting for the 3008 GT Diesel variant brings the price tag to $50,990, while the flagship 3008 GT Sport is priced at $54,990. Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change, and do not include on-road costs.
The GT variant can be optioned with a package that adds Nappa leather, heated seats and power-adjustable front seats with a massaging function for $3,500, while a sunroof adds $1,900 to the price tag of the GT and GT Sport variants. Opting for a metallic paint adds $700 to the price, while a premium paint finish for the Peugeot 3008 adds a $1,000 premium.
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What Features Does the Peugeot 3008 Have?
The entry-level Peugeot 3008 Allure comes riding on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, and is packaged with LED headlights, daytime running lamps and fog lights, keyless entry and start, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera with front and rear parking sensors, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, dual-zone climate control, powered boot lift, semi-autonomous parking assistance, vegan leather and fabric upholstery with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting package, a 10.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation and wireless smartphone charging.
Moving to the 3008 GT adds a new set of 18-inch alloys, adaptive LED headlights, a mix of leather and alcantara for the seats, dash and doors, a black finish for the side mirrors, roof and the interior’s headliner.
Finally, the flagship Peugeot 3008 GT Sport comes riding on a set of 19-inch alloys, and receives a Nappa leather upholstery with heated and massaging front seats, a black finish for the exterior and front grille, wood dashboard and door trim, as well as an upgraded 10-speaker sound system from Focal.
18-inch alloy wheels
LED headlights daytime running lamps and fog lights
12.3-inch digital driver’s display
10.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB+ and sat-nav
Surround view camera with front and rear parking sensors
Adaptive cruise control
Powered boot lift
Semi-autonomous parking assistance
Wireless smartphone charging
Vegan leather/fabric upholstery
Adaptive LED headlights (GT)
Leather & alcantara upholstery (GT)
Black mirrors, roof and headliners (GT)
19-inch alloys (GT Sport)
Nappa leather upholstery (GT)
Heated, massaging seats (GT)
Peugeot 3008 Colours
|Artense Grey||Pearl White|
|Vertigo Blue Metallic||Artense Grey Metallic|
|Elixir Red||Vertigo Blue|
|Celebes Blue||Platinum Grey|
Is the Peugeot 3008 Comfortable to Drive?
The Peugeot 3008 lineup is available with a choice of three engines here in Australia, two petrol units for the Allure, GT and GT Sport, and one diesel engine for the GT Diesel. Each unit creates an impressive amount of power for the segment, but the diesel is no doubt the pick of the lineup, offering 131kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Translated to plain English, the diesel engine gives you more than enough power for everyday driving situations, and a handsome amount of torque to push you up to speed effortlessly. An important part of being a relaxing commuter is the ease in which it picks up speed, and the 3008’s diesel variant performs best at this task.
Power is sent to the front wheels via an automatic transmission, with the Allure and GT variants receiving a six-speed box, while the GT Sport and GT Diesel are blessed with an eight-speed transmission, which is another reason to consider some of the higher-spec variants. This transmission works a treat, offering fast shifts in a smooth, refined manner, and ensuring you’re sitting in the right part of the rev range for the easiest acceleration possible. Overall, the engine and transmission combinations available in all 3008 variants are perfectly suited for the city streets, and give the SUV a sense of perkiness, while remaining smooth and comfortable.
Around town, the 3008 offers a lightweight steering rack that makes maneuvering a simple task, adding to its credentials as an urban runaround. This is made more impressive by the fact that the 3008 has a tight turning circle, making it more agile on city streets and making the process of squeezing in and out of tight car parks and performing three-point turns a breeze. While you’re driving around town, though, two negatives that present themselves are the large A-pillar that can eat up forward visibility and creates somewhat of a blind spot, and the narrow rear windscreen.
Finally, and perhaps the most important consideration for an SUV in Australia, the Peugeot 3008 has been packaged with an exceptionally comfortable suspension system that handles low speed bumps with confidence, and gives the driver more control over the front wheels.
It’s easy to imagine a French car falling short on Australian roads, however, Peugeot’s soft suspension system eats up bumps far better than most of its rivals, making it perfect for both trips around town and long trips on the highway thanks to its cushioned ride quality.
Is it Practical and Spacious?
First impressions of the Peugeot 3008’s cabin are a reflection of just how unique and personable its cabin design really is. Compared to its rivals, the 3008 looks as though it’s from another planet, with sharp design lines and interesting textures that offer a cockpit design and feel that is unique to the Peugeot over effectively all its competitors. While the 3008’s driving position might not be as tall as you’d find in some other midsize SUVs, there is still a good amount of forward visibility up front, in a package that offers a load of shoulder and headroom to get comfortable on longer journeys. In terms of storage up front, there’s the usual set of door bins for water bottles and a small tray in the centre console for loose items alongside the wireless smartphone charger, while the folding armrest between the driver and passenger is actually surprisingly deep for storing large objects.
Moving to the rear of the cabin, the amount of legroom you’ll find in the second row of the Peugeot 3008 is perfectly acceptable for a family SUV, but it does lack behind its competitors in this area. There’s ample headroom on offer and enough room for tall passengers to get comfortable on longer journeys, but it’s worth noting that the 3008 doesn’t lead the pack in terms of rear seat space.
There is one advantage to this, though, with Peugeot packaging the 3008 with an absolutely massive boot that offers some of the largest cargo storage for the segment. In the Peugeot 3008, you have access to a 591L boot, which extends to 1,670L with the rear seats folded down to accommodate large, bulky objects. Compared to segment leaders like the Mazda CX-5 (442L), Subaru Forester (509L) and even the Toyota RAV4 (580L), the Peugeot 3008 manages to top the bunch in terms of boot space and practicality in the rear. For those of you with young children, on top of the regular set of ISOFIX anchor points in the rear of the cabin, there’s also a set packaged into the front seat, so you can mount the child seat near next to you while you’re driving, which is a nice touch for parents of young kids.
As a complete, practical package for Australian families, then, the Peugeot 3008 offers a refreshing cabin design with a perfectly acceptable amount of space and comfort for a family of five. While it might lack somewhat in terms of second row legroom, it makes up for this with a huge amount of boot space.
Is it Safe?
The Peugeot 3008 has been awarded ANCAP’s maximum five star safety rating, scoring 86% for adult occupant protection, 85% for child protection, 67% for vulnerable road user protection and 58% for safety assist technology. As standard, all Peugeot 3008 variants come packaged with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera with front and rear-mounted parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assistance and departure warnings, traffic sign recognition and both front and side airbags.
This means the Peugeot 3008 can be classified as a genuinely safe vehicle for Australian roads, considering its five star ANCAP rating and the amount of safety equipment you receive as standard on even the entry-level variant.
Is the Peugeot 3008 Fuel Efficient?
With three different engines on offer, the Peugeot 3008 returns three different fuel economy figures, which range from 7.3L per 100km in the entry-level Allure, 7.0L per 100km in the GT Petrol and 5.6L per 100km in the petrol-powered GT Sport. The GT diesel returns an economy figure of 5.0L per 100km on a combined cycle, while the GT Sport offers up 5.6L per 100km.
All up, the diesel variants are no doubt the pick in terms of fuel economy, but it’s worth noting that Peugeot’s range of petrol engines are impressive when it comes to fuel use from a midsize SUV, matching key figures of its competitors.
Our Verdict: Is the Peugeot 3008 Worth it?
If you’re looking for a family SUV that has both a unique personality and the ability to transport a family of five in comfort and style, the Peugeot 3008 is no doubt an attractive offering. While the entry-level Allure variant might have a steeper asking price than some of its competitors, the sheer amount of equipment that Peugeot packages its cheapest variant more than helps to reconcile the price tag.
Combined with the added practicality of one of the segment’s largest boot, it’s clear that the Peugeot 3008 offers just as much substance as it does style for the competitive family SUV market, and is deserving of a spot on your shortlist. On that note, if you’re in the market for a new car, you can get a free quote and see how much OnlineAuto can save you on your next car, or call us on 1300 719 925
Five Specs You Need to Know
Five-year, unlimited KM warranty
12-month/20,000 KM service intervals
Five years of capped price servicing available from $2,700
Petrol and diesel engines are available
Five-star ANCAP safety rating
Exceptionally comfortable ride quality from suspension
Stylish exterior and cabin design
Smooth, perky and economical engine lineup
Large boot capacity (590L)
Expensive starting prices
Visibility can suffer in areas
Second row legroom perfectly acceptable, but lacking compared to segment leaders
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