Peugeot 3008 1.5 BlueHDi Allure Premium 5dr EAT8

  • Automatic
  • Diesel
  • 5 door estate
  • 136 g/km CO2

Ten Second Review

In you're shopping amongst volume brand models at the upper end of the mid-sized SUV segment, Peugeot's 3008 SUV is one of the cars you'll need to seriously consider. The second generation version we first saw in 2017 has now been lightly updated, with smarter looks that clothe familiar attributes like a large, versatile boot and a quality cabin. You have to really want a car of this kind to really appreciate it but if you do, then you'll probably like this one a lot. There's premium pricing though, particularly for the clever HYBRID PHEV models that top the range.

Background

Any car maker wanting to develop, build and sell a Crossover SUV in today's crowded market knows that the product concerned is really going to have to stand out. There are, after all, so many brands jostling for space in this segment. Has this improved version of Peugeot's second generation 3008 model got what it takes? This 3008 slots into the middle of Peugeot's SUV line-up, just above the supermini-based 2008 and just below the larger and more luxurious seven-seat 5008. Wheras the first generation 3008 competed directly against the most affordable Nissan Qashqai and SEAT Ateca-shaped mid-suzed SUVs, this MK2 model, first launched in 2017, was moved a little more up-market to compete with slightly larger and more sophisticated mid-sized models like Volkswagen's Tiguan, Ford's Kuga and the Mazda CX-5. It shares its EMP2 chassis and engineering with the PSA Group's other mid-sized SUVs, the Citroen C5 Aircross, the Vauxhall Grandland X and the DS 7 Crossback.

Driving Experience

Under the skin, most of the mechanicals are shared with the French maker's 308 family hatch, including the sophisticated EMP2 platform, which means that, as ever, the 3008 is built around a front wheel drive platform. The engine line-up is carried over from other models in the brand's range. That means the majority of customers will continue to choose the 130bhp three cylinder 1.2-litre PureTech petrol powerplant, offered with either manual or automatic transmission. There's also an auto-only 1.6-litre PureTech 180hp petrol unit. And a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel with 130hp, also only available with the EAT8 auto. Peugeot can also offer you a pair of plug-in 'HYBRID' versions which use a 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine mated to an 80kW electric motor, the resulting package offering a combined total output of 225hp in '225 e-EAT8' form - or 300bhp in the case of the top 'HYBRID4 300 e-EAT8' version, the only variant in the range with 4WD. The electrified driving range varies between 34-36 miles. On the move, the compact steering wheel allows for wrist-flick direction changes. If the development team had been able to give the car a little more steering feel, we might even have called it quite fun to drive. And it's still one of the best-riding Crossovers of its kind.

Design and Build

This second generation 3008 was already a much sleeker-looking thing than its predecessor and the looks have been further sharpened here. Restyled headlights flank a smarter frameless grille, while gloss black side scoops and a painted treadplate are integrated within a fresh bumper design. At just 4,450mm in length, this remains one of the more compact models in its segment, yet very class-competitive interior dimensions have kept the cabin feeling acceptably spacious, as you'll discover when you take a seat behind the wheel. Here, as usual with Peugeot's i-Cockpit design, you're required to view the instrument binnacle over the rim of the usual small steering wheel, rather than through its spokes, the binnacle in question being of the virtual digital kind, with traditional gauges replaced by a big 12.3-inch screen. A further 10-inch screen on the centre stack comes with seven elegant piano 'toggle switches' providing direct access to main control functions, including the radio, Connected 3D Navigation and vehicle settings. Plusher models incorporate into this display an 'Amplify' option that means you can quickly change things like ambient lighting and music settings - and even add in cabin fragrances and massaging seat intensity. Two adults can be comfortably accomodated in the rear; three would be a bit of a squash. Luggage space is more generous than the external dimensions might suggest - rated at 520-litres. Fold the second row of seats flat and this results in a total luggage capacity of 1580-litres, one of the largest and most versatile load capacities in the segment. The folding bench seat has a 2/3 - 1/3 'Magic Flat' capability to optimise loading with a flat floor. The very original adaptable moving boot floor, initiated on the original 3008, has been evolved with two positions to allow the optimisation of boot space and removable side-panels that can be affixed to the side boot trim.

Market and Model

Prices generally sit in the £27,000 to £39,000 bracket, though the HYBRID plug-in variants don't start until you get to around £37,000 and most of them are well over £40,000. In other words, Peugeot certainly isn't shy about charging for this car. Most 3008 sales will continue to be made at well under the £35,000 price point though and there are three main trim levels - 'Active', 'Allure' and 'GT', each built upon by an intermediate level called 'Premium'. Whichever variant you decide upon, equipment levels are pretty complete. Connectivity is taken care of by facilities like MirrorScreen smartphone linking, induction Smartphone recharging and 3D connected navigation with TomTom traffic reports. TomTom connectivity also delivers information that could be essential to your journey on things like local weather, car-parks and the location of service stations. There's also the Peugeot Connect SOS & Assistance system that'll automatically alert the emergency services in the event of an accident. As for safety, Peugeot is offering what it calls 'Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert', a system that combines autonomous braking with a lane departure warning system. There's also a Driver Alert Warning function which will warn you if the car notices fatigue in your driving reactions. Other systems include Automatic High Beam Assistance, to automatically switch between high beam and low beam depending on the lighting conditions and oncoming traffic; Speed Sign Detection; Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop function; an Active Blind Spot Monitoring System; and Park Assist, which allows the vehicle to park itself with minimum input from the driver. There are also useful 'Visiopark' all-round camera view systems if you want them.

Cost of Ownership

Peugeot's BlueHDi diesel engines have already proved themselves to be paragons of cleanliness and frugality in the brand's other models and that's carried forward here. This second generation 3008 design's lighter weight and sleeker bodywork also helps, plus, as you would expect, there's an 'S&S' engine stop & start system to cut the powerplant when you don't need it, stuck at the lights or waiting in traffic. Let's get to the WLTP figures. The BlueHDi 130 diesel auto variant manages up to 56.3mpg and up to 136g/km of CO2. Even if you go for the PureTech 1.2-litre petrol unit, you'll still be getting up to 47.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 146g/km of CO2 from the manual model. For the 1.6 PureTech auto, it's up to 39.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 165g/km of CO2. For really frugal running cost returns though, you'll need one of the clever HYBRID plug-in variants. These use an 11.8kWh battery which can be fully charged in under two hours using a standard 7kW Wallbox. Once that's done, an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of between 34-36 miles is possible. Even better news lies with the low WLTP-rated CO2 readings and combined cycle fuel readings generated by these plug-in models; up to 30g/km and 222.3mpg for the front wheel drive 225hp HYBRID; and up to 29g/km and 235.4mpg for the 4WD HYBRID4 variant. Servicing on most 3008 models is needed every year or every 12,500 miles and the cost of garage visits should be affordable too, though Peugeot's fixed-price maintenance package (there's a choice of three, four or five-year plans) is a touch more expensive than rival schemes. You won't have to worry about that if you're buying on finance using Peugeot's attractive 'Just Add Fuel' scheme: this wraps up all your monthly costs in one easy payment, so as the name suggests, your only other cost will lie in fuel.

Summary

A car like this is a lifestyle choice, which means that it needs to be able to change aspects of your motoring lifestyle; the atmosphere you drive in; the way you can use the cabin instruments; the kind of mobility choices you can make at journey's end. A 3008 makes a difference in all these areas in a way that no other car in this class can. Of course, it also needs to get the basics right too. As before, this is one of the most spacious and efficient cars in its segment. And there are shades of real premium quality inside. As for the drawbacks, well Peugeot certainly isn't shy in charging for it, the diesel engine can be a little noisy when pushed and other models in the sector still handle better - though few of these ride the bumps as well. In summary, this remains a very sophisticated kind of compact SUV. Crossovers, it seems, have moved on. To find out how far, try driving one of these.

  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Flocked glovebox interior
  • Brumeo fabric trimmed door armrests
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • 12V Sockets in dashboard, rear cabin and load area
  • 4 Grab handles retractable and damped
  • Centre front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Roof lining - Salin light grey
  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Satin chrome digital instrument panel and touchscreen trim
  • Leather steering wheel with detail stitch
  • Two position boot floor
  • Satin chrome scorpion's tail and toggle switch trim
  • Satin chrome dashboard trim
  • Satin chrome front door panel recess trim
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Safety pack with emergency braking system - 3008
  • Visibility pack - 3008
  • Safety plus pack with high beam assist - 3008
  • Radiator grille in chrome edge trim and facets
  • Gloss black front bumper air scoops
  • Gloss black B and C pillar and aerodynamic deflector trim
  • Body colour rear spoiler with stainless steel edging trim
  • Aluminium longitudinal roof bars
  • Chrome rear bumper facia
  • Front and rear door and sill protectors with polished stainless steel insert
  • Black rubber side window trim
  • Gloss black rear cluster connecting strip
  • Stainless steel roof arches
  • Body protectors (bottom of front and rear bumpers + wheel arches + protection at bottom of doors) in black
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome front wing trim
  • Body colour door mirror shells
  • Two tone horn
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts with pre tensioners and force limiters
  • 3x Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests with height adjustable
  • 3x Rear three-point retractable seatbelts with force limiters in the outer rear seats
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Driver and front passenger side airbag
  • Electric child locking functionality on rear windows and doors
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote control central locking with two plip keys
  • key operated exterior door lock from the left hand door
  • Perimetric and volumetric alarm with lift and tilt sensor
  • Automatic door locking when moving off
  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application
  • Peugeot Open and Go System
  • 6 speakers radio with mp3 compatible
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB socket
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 42.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 57.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 49.5
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 59.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 66.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 51.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 53.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2000
  • Max. Loading Weight: 571
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 53
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.67
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 520
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1429
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1482
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Coin Series: Allure Premium
  • Coin Description: BlueHDi
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 86
  • Special Order: False
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 67
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 58
  • AdBlue: True
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Based On ID: N
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21E
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • CC: 1499
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 136
  • CO: 0.055
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 157
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.027
  • HC+NOx: 0.029
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 128
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • Length: 4447
  • Width: 1841
  • Wheelbase: 2675
  • Height (including roof rails): 1624
  • Width (including mirrors): 2098
  • Height: 1620
  • Alloys: True
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: DETROIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R18
  • Space Saver: False
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3750
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.5
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Power - BHP: 131
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Top Speed: 117
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221