Peugeot’s 3008 is compelling value for money, priced at a rough £700 premium over an equivalent 308 SW estate, and at considerably less than an equivalent Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra wagon. Strong demand is keeping residual values unusually high (by Peugeot’s standards) at the moment, making now a good time to buy.
Buy a mid-spec car, as most will, and you’ll find that the likes of full-screen sat-nav and automatic climate control are extras, but that parking sensors, cruise control (with speed limiter), alloy wheels, a leather-clad steering wheel and an MP3-compatible stereo are all standard. Adding £1400 to reach the top-rung version buys you, among other things, a full-length glass roof and a head-up display – but it must be said, neither item of additional equipment is really worth the premium.
Running costs should be low, at least as far as fuel is concerned. The rated CO2 output of a 2.0-litre HDi 150 manual is 146g/km, making road tax is £125 per year, and our real-world fuel economy figure during our test on the car was a creditable 44.0mpg.
Unless you’re paying company car tax, we’d warn against buying the expensive Hybrid4 range-topper. Our economy test on the car demonstrated decidedly underwhelming economy from the diesel-electric 3008 – at 41.4mpg on average, almost 10 per cent worse than that of the lighter, manual-equipped 2.0 HDi 150. Used in exclusively urban modes, the hybrid would begin to earn its keep – but not compared to the likes of a Toyota Prius or Lexus CT200h. And for us, that’s just not enough of a recommendation.
A 3008 1.6 HDi would make a fairly frugal, usable purchase, but avoid the low-emissions eHDi if you can bear to: it’s saddled with the same clunky automated manual gearbox as the hybrid, and still won’t quite match Nissan’s 1.6-litre dCi Qashqai (manual) on emissions.