Peugeot 3008 Sport
Engine: 2-litre Diesel
Transmission: six Speed Manual
Top Speed: 121mph
Combined mpg: 49.5mpg
OTR Price £20,195
In the good old days, when you could leave your front door open all day and the only thing you
had to worry about was a fatal dose of diphtheria, you knew where you stood.
You used. one bottle of shampoo and one bottle of conditioner; you ate brown or white bread; you used either butter or margarine.
Now everyone wants the best of both worlds, so you get Wash ‘n’ Go shampoo and conditioner; you get 50-50 bread; and you get that yellow stuff that tastes like neither butter or marge, but is just weirdly absorbed into your toast.
The same goes for cars. The lines between family, sports, MPV; SUV and estates are blurring until, in a few years time, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell all of them apart.
The 3008 falls into this category in what’s been dubbed the “crossover” sector. Touted as a cross between a hatchback, an SW and an MPV; it promises all things to all people – which brings with it the inherent danger of being nothing to anyone.
Happily for Peugeot, this hasn’t proven to be the case and the 3008 has been picking up plaudits all the way since it was launched last year, most notably the What Car? Car of the Year honour. And it deserves it.
The 3008 – take your pick whether you pronounce it three-double-oh-eight or three¬oh-oh-eight – provides a flexible, refined ride, with loads of space and a good deal of power when you need it. From the outside the 3008 has an unremarkable look, although the nose end has character, with sidelights surrounded in plastic and a big, bold grill.
It’s quite a tall car but this isn’t apparent until you get in. The seat is a lot higher than you would expect in relation to the door, and you kind of collapse into it. But once inside you can’t fail to be impressed by the quality of the interior. The design of the dash means that the driver is surrounded by everything that’s needed. The two front seats are divided by a substantial block which houses the gears tick and some of the dials.
Because of the depth of this the storage compartment featured there is enormous, and swallows up a massive amount of clutter which would normally litter the seats of a family car. It all adds up to a really comfortable, stylish interior, The gauges are clear and there’s an impressive quality all around.
The gearstick is perfectly positioned, with the driver’s arm resting on that deep armrest, and the dials are simple and switches in the right places.
The stereo controls are awkward, though, and you need to reach forward to adjust. They’re slightly counter¬intuitive, too, as a round knob directly below the CD slot doesn’t adjust volume, as you would naturally assume it did. I found myself changing my destination on the sat nav while attempting to turn the sound down.
But there are loads of goodies available.
My test car had a quality sound system, a sat nav which rose majestically from the central dash on ignition, parking sensors, automatic lights and windscreen wipers and lots of other stuff. There’s also six airbags as standard, along with plenty of other safeguards.
Space is always a premium if a car is going to challenge in the family car sector and the 3008 has got bags of that. There is plenty of headroom in front although less room for your legs. I found the footrest a little awkward, too, being further forward back than ideal for me.
But fitting in five adults is a simple enough affair. And this feeling of space is emphasised by a huge panoramic electric sunroof, which takes up the whole roof and floods the interior with light. The boot is a masterpiece of design.
Big enough to take care of anything the average family can throw at it, it has a really smart tier system which allows even more versatility for your luggage. The tailgate splits horizontally, too, which allows you to get rid of the lip to make loading heavy items that much easier. It’s very simple to split the rear seats to provide even more space.
The Peugeot’s height gives the driver excellent visibility all round so manoeuvring into parking spaces or in and out of traffic is no problem. The 3008 comes in a variety of engines from 1.6 to two-litre in petrol and diesel, and in three trim levels.
I drove the two-litre turbo diesel, which packed more of a punch than I expected. The Tdi is effective right through the gears, with a surprising amount of power in lower gears, more than enough for overtaking and pulling away in traffic.
The familiar chug of the diesel engine is hushed and the engine is muffled right up to motorway speeds. Windnoise and the rumble of the tarmac has been effectively muted and it all combines to make driving the 3008 a peaceful experience.
With a car as family-orientated as this, you would hope Peugeot haven’t forgotten about the driver. They haven’t and have come up with a car that’s easy to drive, corners well and is comfortable around town or on long journeys.
That acceleration, on the Sport model I drove at least, is a welcome extra, and I was never left wishing for more pull.
The Peugeot 3008 Sport is pitched in an ever-growing market, up against the likes of the Qashqai and C4 Picasso, so will need to be on top of its game to stay ahead. But coming in at a competitive price in relation to its rivals, the 3008 is a worthy entry into this sector and, as they say, does exactly what it says on the tin, combining the benefits of a hatchback, SUV and MPV.