A Striking and Practical Family SUV
By Karen Nduku
The Peugeot 3008 received a facelift for the 2023 model year, building on its already impressive second-generation design. Previously known for falling short in dynamic and technological aspects, the updated 3008 now emerges as a truly striking SUV with notable improvements in both style and substance. Let’s explore what this new version has to offer.
This is both striking and distinctive. From the outside, the Peugeot 3008 captivates with its striking appearance. The facelift introduces a new frameless grille, similar to the one on the 508 saloon, along with aggressive front and rear lights and stylish slots in the front wings. The addition of the ‘Black Pack’ styling option on top-spec GT and GT Premium trims adds even more allure, making the 3008 stand out in the crowd of family-style SUVs.
The interior cabin surprises with a guaranteed wow factor. Step inside the 3008, and the wow-factor continues to impress. Peugeot has perfected its interior design with digital dials standard on all versions, customized via a user-friendly scroll button on the steering wheel. The toggle switches, enlarged media screen, and spacious central storage bin create an easy-going ambiance that sets the 3008 apart from its competitors. Peugeot’s signature small steering wheel, though infamous, adds a unique touch to the cabin.
The Peugeot 3008 offers an array of engine options to suit various driving preferences. There’s a small turbo petrol (128bhp 1.2-litre Puretech) and a turbo diesel (128bhp 1.5-litre BlueHDi), both available with a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic (e-EAT8). Additionally, the 3008 boasts two plug-in hybrid variants: the front-wheel-drive 225 with 222bhp and the all-wheel-drive Hybrid4 300 with 296bhp. The latter delivers a sporty feel while maintaining a sensible and balanced driving experience.
The Hybrid4 version stands out for its eco-friendliness and performance. With its four-wheel-drive capability, it offers all-wheel-drive mode, ensuring competent traction on slick roads. The top-spec model boasts a low CO2 emission of 29 g/km and an electric range of 36 miles, making it an appealing option for environmentally conscious drivers. Regularly charging the hybrid can be done easily with a home wallbox.
The Peugeot 3008 faces stiff competition in the five-seat family car segment. Rivals include the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca, Ford Kuga, Renault Kadjar, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. Among these contenders, the 3008 distinguishes itself with its practicality, stylish design, and impressive array of technology. On the road, the 3008 stands out in the crowd.
The Peugeot 3008 emerges as a top choice in the competitive crossover SUV market. Unlike many crossovers that fail to justify their existence over regular hatchbacks, the 3008 truly excels with its practicality, style, and performance. With a well-designed and tech-laden interior, the 3008 surpasses the expectations set by its predecessor and outperforms many rivals in the segment. If you’re in the market for a striking and practical family crossover SUV, the Peugeot 3008 is undoubtedly one of the best options to consider, a complete crossover SUV package.