The Peugeot 3008 Crossover is a direct challenger for the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti, in the Urban SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) Sector, or family cars that bring the benefits of an MPV without the ‘family’ tag is how we best describe them. You do benefit from a great driving position and increased room compared to a lower riding car and once you have been high up its hard to go down again as every car feels hard to get into and as if you are only a few inches fromn the floor, The 3008 has been revised for 2014 and the trademark ‘toothy’ grille has been replaced with one that echoes company’s new hatchbacks and we have to say it is a vast improvement, add new LED headlights and chrome elements and the 3008 looks suitably refreshed and less of an odd-ball (in a nice way)
Inside the Peugeot 3008 as the driver you feel very much in control, the instrumentation is well laid out and there is a cockpit feel to the driving position, very nice indeed, the trim levels for mobility customers are the Active and the range topping Allure, the Active has air conditioning, electric handbrake, CD/ Radio with MP3 playback and Bluetooth, 17″ alloy wheels, LED daytime lights, front fog lights, automatic wipers and lights, cruise control and rear parking sensors, the Allure adds a glass roof, rear camera, Sat, Nav, climate control and 18″ alloy wheels.
The 3008 is a very well designed car with excellent storage, at the rear you can drop the rear sets at the pull of a cord and the drop down tailgate makes it easier to place items into the boot, it can also double as a seat, perfect for a picnic on a sunny day. The boot also has a shelf that can be used in 3 positions to maximise storage or hide things as a secret compartment.
Two diesels and two petrol engines are available, the best value choice being the small 1.6 litre diesel engine with 120 brake horse power as a six speed manual or six speed semi-automatic, 0-62 in 12 seconds with a top speed of 113 miles per hour and a combined economy of 68.9 miles per gallon fitted with the semi-automatic gearbox, an automated single clutch so you don’t have a clutch pedal but you do have paddles on the steering wheel to change gear or you can let the car change gear itself if you prefer, the box is not the most advanced on the market but for normal driving it is more than adequate, economy drops to 65 and 0.4 of a second added to the 0-62 time.
Summer Best Buy – Peugeot 3008 1.6 diesel (120 bhp) Active Manual – £199 Advance Payment (£58.91 wpms)
Spring Best Buy – Peugeot 3008 1.6 diesel (120 bhp) Active Semi-automatic – £499 Advance Payment (£60.92 wpms)