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More power and higher price for Peugeot's quirky crossover

Our Verdict

Peugeot 3008
It looks like a 4x4 but it isn’t. So what’s the point of this crossover?

The Peugeot 3008 crossover ticks most of the right boxes to be a competitive crossover

What is it?

This is the most powerful diesel in the Peugeot 3008 range, and until the automatic version comes out next year also the most expensive. Currently this newly uprated version of the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine has been tuned to put out 150bhp and 250 lb ft of torque and drives through a six-speed manual box.

What’s it like?

Composed, punchy and comfortable. With peak torque available from just 2000rpm the engine endows the 3008 with good low-speed acceleration around town and ample overtaking ability.

It’s a fairly typical turbodiesel engine that works well in conjunction with the smooth (if long) gearshift and enhances the 3008’s practical nature. The only real problem is the cheaper and more economical 1.6-litre, 110bhp turbodiesel, which offers a less nose-heavy driving experience and plenty of poke for most people shopping in this segment.

Even so, the 150bhp motor is a good choice if you regularly carry a full complement of passengers, or even if you plan on doing a lot of motorway miles. Otherwise you get all the benefits of the accurate handling, spacious interior, broad forward visibility, huge boot and comprehensive equipment list for four figures less with the smaller engine.

Should I buy one?

The 3008 is more difficult to justify as soon as you start creeping into the price range of a low-spec 1.8 TDCi Ford S-Max. It may suffer from the MPV image and large dimensions that many 3008 buyers are trying to avoid, but also offers a better driving experience and seven seats.

Still, the 3008 handles accurately, rides comfortably and offers the kind of flexibility that should accommodate any small family with ease. With this engine it also promises to be a serene cruiser, but be sure you really need the extra power before paying the extra £1000 over a 1.6 HDi.

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5 October 2009

Would make a good butt plug.

5 October 2009

A truly hideous looking car. Just when I thought Peugeot design had reached a low this comes out!

5 October 2009

No Autocar road test can be complete without mentioning Ford as the better choice. Annoying. Especially when S-MAX is also mentioned as the better option in a Peugeot 308 SW road test!

5 October 2009

Yet another example of car designers not taking a step back from their work and actually looking at what they have designed.

There is alot to like about this car (interior, ride, engines etc), but I fear many people (including myself) would struggle to get past how it looks.

5 October 2009

I saw a couple of 3008`s on the roads in france two or three weeks ago and it is much better looking in the flesh and certainly a big advance on the ugly 308 family and perculiar 1007.

5 October 2009

[quote Will86]

Yet another example of car designers not taking a step back from their work and actually looking at what they have designed.

There is alot to like about this car (interior, ride, engines etc), but I fear many people (including myself) would struggle to get past how it looks.

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You're right, it's not the best looking car but for some strange reason I like it. It's got to be preferable to the dull Quashqui surely?

Saw a BMW Gran Tourismo on the road this moring, now that is one ugly car.

5 October 2009

[quote Lee23404]Saw a BMW Gran Tourismo on the road this moring, now that is one ugly car.[/quote]

Have you, strangely enough my dad been invited by our local BMW dealership to attend the premiere of the GT and X1 later this month. He even said he likes it !!! and might consider one or mabye a x1 if the business hire costs are good !!!!

Help!!! trying to convince him not to

5 October 2009

[quote moe360][quote Lee23404]Saw a BMW Gran Tourismo on the road this moring, now that is one ugly car.[/quote]

Have you, strangely enough my dad been invited by our local BMW dealership to attend the premiere of the GT and X1 later this month. He even said he likes it !!! and might consider one or mabye a x1 if the business hire costs are good !!!!

Help!!! trying to convince him not to

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I'd still have a look, you never know you might like it. Challenging looks aren't the end of the world. If they were Skoda would sell 4 Superbs a year and I'd still be single.

5 October 2009

[quote Vicky Parrot]

Peugeot's quirky crossover

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Haha! Where are you next appearing as Autocar's resident stand up comedian?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

5 October 2009

[quote Lee23404]You're right, it's not the best looking car but for some strange reason I like it.[/quote]

Agreed, it's strangely appealing, especially from inside - it has one of the best looking interiors among mainstream cars. And with 1.6 HDi - a very sensible proposition.

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