28.10.2017Peugeot 3008 1.6 BlueHDI review
Peugeot has really focused on its SUV range recently, and with good reason. The market has been growing quickly for some time now and shows no sign of slowing down, so a good model in each of the compact, family-sized, and large SUV sectors is important for sales. Peugeot's family-sized model is the 3008 tested here, which we tested thoroughly by taking it on a family holiday - to southern Germany . . . with a toddler. If it can pass this test than the 3008 is good enough for any family situation.
Review by Chris Lilly
There is a good range of petrol and diesel engines available for the 3008, but tested is one of the most popular in the shape of a 1.6 litre BlueHDI diesel. Producing 120hp and 300 Nm of torque, performance is decent and offers more than enough for typical usage. The low-down grunt available from the engine means that even fully-loaded the 3008 doesn't struggle, and the SUV will cruise along at motorway speeds all day long without complaint. The 0-62mph time of 11.6 seconds is far from sprightly, but strong in-gear acceleration allows for quick bursts of speed to get past traffic or accelerate out of town/off a slip road. If you regularly need more power than a 2.0 litre diesel is available, but on the whole the 120hp 1.6 BlueHDI has enough for most scenarios, much of the time. Allied to the engine tested was a six-speed manual gearbox that offers a nice crisp change. It's nothing special, but works well with the engine and allows for quick, easy changes.
Despite being a tall car, the 3008 handles well for a car focused on family practicality. It's no Mazda CX-5 to drive, but the Peugeot will tackle corners eagerly and while keeping body roll in check. On the twisting roads flowing through the Germany's Black Forest, the 3008 held its own in traffic and kept everybody comfortable. Grip available is good, though there is no all-wheel drive available. Instead Peugeot has preferred to use it's Grip Control traction control system to keep the 3008 going in tough conditions. There was little opportunity to test any off-road capabilities out, but even in greasy conditions, the 3008 kept its nose into a bend and didn't scrabble for grip. I have to admit that I really like the steering in the 3008, though it won't be to everyone's tastes. Peugeot's i-Cockpit gives drivers a small steering wheel to use, and the precise and sharp turn-in offered means that you can pilot the 3008 with confidence. This helps both on the open road and in town or around car parks. To be fair, the 3008's handling also copes very well with motorway speeds, sitting at a cruise comfortably - a good job considering the motorway mileage racked up. There's not a lot of feedback coming through the wheel which aids comfort, but there is enough to know precisely where the front tyres are and how much you can push. Overall, the 3008 isn't a particularly dynamic drive, but it deals very well with what life throws at it.
The Peugeot 3008's design won't be for everyone, but I like it. It's bold, distinctive, and lets the Peugeot stand out from the crowd, but it's also nicely proportioned. Despite being quite a large car, the Peugeot hides its bulk well, with some surfacing details disguising how much metal is involved in the car's make up. From a practical view point, it works well too, with Peugeot clearly having put some considerable thought into expected buyers. Boot space isn't the biggest in its class - it's around average - but was obviously well tested during the trip away. It performed admirably dealing with a huge amount of kit and still enabled the parcel shelf to be kept in situ. The boot floor is flat but features a false floor for storage space underneath too. A wide and squared off opening also helps access a pong and deep boot. Child seats are well accommodated with IsoFix points, and access to them is good thanks to wide-opening rear doors. Occupant space in the front and rear - whether in child seats or not - provides plenty of head and leg room for four adults. The glove box is small, but there are plenty of good-sized cubby holes about to stash odds and ends. The only slight niggle is the rising window line, which restricts rear visibility in certain situations. However, with rear parking sensors standard across all models, this minor gripe is mitigated a fair amount.
COMFORT & CONTROLS
I think the Peugeot 3008's cabin is fantastic. It looks great, is nicely driver focused but not too much so, feels almost like a premium product with great design, and is different to anything else not in the Peugeot portfolio. The i-Cockpit is the key to much of this, with the aforementioned small steering wheel. This can have an impact on comfort on long-distance trips, but even on the one undertaken a larger wheel would have been welcome rather than a necessity. It's really not a problem for 99% of the time, and is of a benefit for most driving trips. The controls all fall easily to hand and the screens on offer are both nicely sized and of high quality. The infotainment system is improved by the use of rocker switches on the console beneath it, making accessing different functions easy. Once in menus, the system is easy to control too. The driver gets a digital instrument binnacle too, which can be customised in a similar way to the Audi and VW displays. Overall, the screens on offer give the cabin a high quality feel, complemented by the materials used throughout. The seats are comfortable and supportive, even over long distances, and the controls are well built. The dashboard can seem a bit fussy in photos, but when sitting in front of it, the whole design comes together nicely, and the model on test has a nice swathe of fabric running across it to break up the dark soft-touch plastics. It's easy to get into a comfortable driving position too.
MPG & RUNNING COSTS
Peugeot's engine range is a good one currently, with many of the configurations winning prestigious awards. The 1.6 BlueHDI is no different, and manages to provide a good balance between power and efficiency. Official figures put the unit tested at returning 70.6 MPG, with CO2 emissions rated at 104 g/km. The whole PSA Group - of which Peugeot is a part - publishes real-world efficiency figures for its models too which is an unusual show of openness in the automotive industry. The 3008 tested will cost Â£140 a year to tax, after the first year rate of the same amount. Over the course of the thorough testing I put the Peugeot through, the 3008 averaged 55.3 MPG over the course of 1,986 miles. That's over a real mixture of roads and traffic conditions, including long motorway stretches, the continent's equivalent of A- and B-roads, and driving through German and Belgian city centres in rush hour. It's as accurate a real-world number as you're likely to get from car review, and is a good figure - easily good enough to live with financially.
Peugeot offers a few green systems to help drivers make the most of the 3008's efficiency potential. Fairly standard features such as engine stop&start, and a gear shift indicator help with the basics, and Peugeot's uses a number of exhaust treatments to keep emissions down - including an selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel particulate filter (DFP). According to Peugeot, BlueHDI sees a 90% reduction in NOx remissions, and 2-4% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with conventional diesel engines. The 3008 is on average 100kg lighter than the out-going model thanks to the use of high strength steels in construction, helping improve fuel economy and driving dynamics. The body design is also surprisingly aerodynamic for a large car, and ultra low rolling resistance tyres are fitted as standard to many models. According to our calculations, the model tested has a Next Green Car Rating of 37.
Peugeot has equipped the 3008 highly, with even the entry level trim featuring items most buyers look for. Included in Active trim are 17-alloys, rear parking sensors, automatic wipes and lights, dual-zone climate control, electric and heated mirrors, the i-Cockpit system including 12.3-inch digital instrument display and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth, DAB and USB, and electric windows all-round. Allure adds 18-inch alloys, sat-nav, Safety Plus pack including blind spot detection, lane keep assist, and driver attention alert, puddle lights, parking sensors front and rear, and a reversing camera. GT Line tested includes the likes of self-levelling headlights, smartphone charging plate, i-Cockpit Amplify (which allows users to set one of two different ambiences for the interior), leather trim, GT Line sports styling pack, full LED headlights/fog lights, and sequential indicators. Further up still into GT Line Premium and GT gets features such as keyless entry and start, heated front seats with driver massage function, 19-inch alloys, adaptive cruise control, electric driver's seat, and wheel arch extensions.
As family cars go, the Peugeot 3008 is one of the best in its class. It's stylish and drives nicely, but also has plenty of practical features and doesn't cost much to run. It struggles to shine in any one category, not really being a class leader in anything apart from perhaps the cabin. However, it scores very highly across the board, and buyers in the market for a family SUV should seriously consider Peugeot's 3008.
Model tested: Peugeot 3008 1.6 BlueHDI 120 GT Line
Body-style: Family SUV
Engine / CO2: 1.6 litre diesel / 104 g/km
Trim grades: Active, Allure, GT Line, GT Line Premium, GT
On-road price: Range from £22,770. Price as tested £29,270.
Warranty: Three years / Unlimited mileage
In the showroom: Now
Review rating: 4 Stars