What you can expect is decent fuel economy. The 2.0-litre diesel is very competitive against its rivals in that respect, being faster and yet more fuel efficient than an equivalent Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar. While it's the gruffest sounding of the 3008 range, it’s still quite refined, and especially so when cruising below 3000rpm, although heavy acceleration does bring some diesel boom.
A Sport mode adds weight to the steering but makes it a bit too heavy, so things are best left in the normal driving mode, in which the steering is accurate and feels much more naturally weighted. Body roll is decently controlled through corners and handling is generally good for an SUV, but the 3008 feels less engaging than a Seat Ateca. GT spec also adds 19in alloys which bring a harshness to the ride, although never to truly uncomfortable levels.
The six-speed automatic gearbox – available on all engines apart from the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel – is pretty good at judging shifts, but the changes aren't lightning fast. They're quick enough to cope with the gentle family drives this car will likely be subjected to, though, and the paddles on the steering wheel are responsive.
The 3008's driving position is comfortable, although it could do with a little more adjustment in the steering wheel’s reach, and while visibility is generally good, the view out of the back is slightly restricted because the rear screen is quite slim. There are a couple of handy practical additions inside, too, such as three Isofix mounting points (most rivals have two), and the front seat can fold flat to help with extra-long loads. Plus the 3008 has one of the biggest boots in the class.
Should I buy one?
The 3008 counts SUVs such as the Seat Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan, Renault Kadjar, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai among its rivals. There's plenty of quality to choose from in the class, then, but the 3008 still manages to stand out thanks to its quality interior and tidy handling. This version also comes with loads of kit, a strong engine and an impressive interior, all of which sound promising until you consider the price.
For £32,995 it’s more expensive than most of its SUV rivals, and while you get a lot of kit, you don’t get all-wheel drive and it doesn’t offer enough pace to compensate for its cost. If you want a quick 3008, it’s worth bearing in mind that the 1.6-litre petrol engined version offers similar performance but costs £6000 less.
The cheaper 3008s – which are also more efficient – are too good to warrant the extra outlay on this model. The 3008 is a great SUV, but we’d sooner point you towards a lesser-specced model.
Peugeot 3008 2.0 BlueHDi 180 GT
Location Chesterfield; On sale December; Price £32,995; Engine 4 cyls, 1997cc, diesel; Power 178bhp at 3750rpm; Torque 295Ib ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox 6-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1465kg; 0-62mph 8.9sec; Top speed 131mph; Economy 58.9mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 124g/km, 21%; Rivals Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI; Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi