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New Peugeot 3008 SUV Review

Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

The new Peugeot 3008 SUV introduces fresh styling, more technology and class leading safety features to the compact SUV segment.

With a choice of plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel powertrains, plus new trim levels, the new 3008 SUV has arrived in UK showrooms. The front end has been made even more striking with a frameless grille, while gloss black side scoops and a painted treadplate are integrated with a new bumper design. Top level GT and GT Premium trims receive their own bespoke front grilles to stand out even more.

The front headlights have also been redesigned to be more aggressive, and use LED technology across the range. GT and GT Premium trim levels feature full LED headlights with an extended light signature. The new 3008 SUV also comes with ‘Fog Mode’, which replaces the previous fog lights. The mode is integrated into the full LED headlights and switches on the low beam headlights with reduced intensity when the rear fog lights are activated. At the rear, new upgraded taillights utilise full LED technology with Peugeot’s iconic three-claw rear light signature and sequential indicator lights.

Inside

The new 3008 SUV features the French automaker’s next generation digital i-Cockpit technology, with a 12.3-inch digital head-up instrument panel, a compact steering wheel for improved driving dynamics and, now, across all trim levels, a 10-inch capacitive colour touchscreen. This screen comes with seven piano ‘toggle switches’, providing direct access to main control functions, including the radio, Connected 3D Navigation and vehicle settings. HYBRID variants have a specific button to access information relating to the electric powertrain.

Petrol and diesel models equipped with Peugeot‘s eight-speed automatic transmission now come fitted as standard with a drive mode selector that allows you to choose between Normal, Sport and Eco modes. In HYBRID models, the drive mode selector allows you to switch between Electric (the default mode on start-up), Hybrid, Sport and 4WD modes, with the latter reserved for the HYBRID4 300 models only.

Peugeot has also updated the interior trims available in the new 3008 SUV. Mistral Nappa Leather upholstery is now accessible across the trim levels, and new mid-PET and textile upholstery is available on Allure and Allure Premium grades. New Mistral Black PET and New Red Nappa Leather upholstery are also obtainable on GT and GT Premium models.

Technology

The new 3008 SUV comes with the latest driving aids and safety features to protect you, your occupants and other road users. Technologies such as Night Vision, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Lane Positioning Assist and Automatic Emergency Braking are on hand. What’s more, from Active Premium level up, all 3008 SUV models come standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Screen. There are also two new USB sockets installed for your rear passengers to use.

Powertrains

As part of Peugeot’s new philosophy of ‘choose your Peugeot, choose your powertrain,’ the new 3008 SUV is available with a choice of efficient diesel and petrol engines, as well as two advanced plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) options. We drove the HYBRID 225 e-EAT8, in mid-range Allure spec. The car features a 180hp PureTech petrol unit combined with a single 110hp electric motor for a combined 225hp power output. Under testing, the HYBRID 225 e-EAT8 achieves just 31g/km CO2, and in fully electric mode provides a zero-emissions range of 32-39 miles. The model houses a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery and comes with two types of on-board chargers. A 3.7kW single-phase on board charger is included as standard, with a full charge taking four hours, while an optional 7.4kW  on board charger is also available. A full charge using a 7.4kW Wall Box takes one hour and 45 minutes.

So, if you need a brand-new compact SUV and you’re after an electrified one, then look no further than the latest 3008. Peugeot’s five-door model isn’t cheap (£38,035 for our plug-in hybrid test car), but it’s comfortable, high-tech and it’s efficient as hell. Used conservatively, expect anywhere from 157.2 to 222.3mpg. Don’t think that this car is boring, though; if you’re in a hurry, the new 3008 in HYBRID 225 e-EAT8 guise will get you from 0-62mph in just 8.9 seconds. It’s also capable of 140mph. What’s more, Peugeot’s three-year/60,000 miles warranty should give you and your family peace of mind.

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