The new 3008 is 80mm longer than the previous one, of which 62mm has gone into the car’s wheelbase. Its roof height has actually decreased slightly, to 1624mm including the roof bars. The reason that the latter dimensional change may be so hard to believe is because there’s so much more square-cornered SUV design DNA about the new version than there ever was in its predecessor.
The radiator grille is larger and more upright than before, the bonnet flatter, the A-pillars and windscreen less raked and the waistline higher. What results is quite plainly a compact SUV – but a stylish and classy-looking one as most testers had it, with a floating roof and chrome touches used to good effect.
Engines mount transversely under the bonnet, with a choice of 1.2 and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol units. The 1.6-litre diesel available at launch has since been replaced with a 1.5-litre unit, while the larger 2.0 model remains. Power outputs start at 98bhp and topping out at 178bhp.
Our test car was a 1.6 BlueHDi, making 118bhp and 221lb ft, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and rated at 104g/km of CO2, with claimed combined fuel economy of 70.6mpg. Competitive figures, all.