PEUGEOT’S decision to transform its 3008 from a people carrier-style crossover into an SUV is paying off, with the new car really standing out from the crowd thanks to its bold exterior styling and stunning interior.
It might not be as much fun to drive as a SEAT Ateca, but it has a comfortable ride, lots of space and low running costs, and it proves that the brand is truly back on form and building some great cars.
The 3008 also competes in one of the most fiercely fought segments, with cars such as the Ateca, Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar all vying for business.
Still, the Peugeot brings plenty to the contest. One of its biggest selling points is its fantastic interior design. Called i-cockpit 2, it employs a small steering wheel, raised digital dials and wraparound centre console that gives you the feeling of being cocooned in the car.
It also features a really slick infotainment system, which is controlled via toggle switches on the dash, making it intuitive and easy to use on the move. If you go for Allure specification, our preferred trim level, you also get partleather seats, full LED headlamps and 3D sat-nav.
There’s a strong engine line-up as well. The one we’d pick is the 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel, which is a smooth and refined performer and delivers fantastic claimed economy of more than 70mpg. Although no 4WD model is offered, the 3008 does come with a neat Grip Control system to maximise traction when off road or in snow. Price range: £22,495-£33,695 Our pick: 1.6 Bluehdi 120 S&S Allure (£26,125) Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl diesel, 118bhp Transmission: 6-spd man, front-wheel drive Top speed: 117mph Economy: 70.6mpg CO2: 104g/km