Peugeot has acted decisively to keep its popular compact SUV, the 3008, up-to-date in this facelifted form. The car isn’t among the most practical family options in its class, but the way it combines just-so space and versatility with competitive value and a notable dose of style makes it an enduringly appealing option.
Although the 3008 offers little offroad capability and very limited four-wheel drive functionality, the customers shopping in this market segment for whom that’ll be a turn-off will be few.
For those tempted by a plug-in hybrid, meanwhile, the Hybrid 225 is certainly a rounded, refined and agreeable one. It has plenty of performance and decently polished drivability, as well as creditable real-world electric range and respectable running economy once the battery’s run dry. Highish pricing, compared to both other 3008 derivatives and to rivals, will continue to be discouraging to some private buyers, although the car’s lowish benefit-in-kind tax classification might still make the numbers add up for company car drivers.
While cheaper engines and trims can be compared with volume-brand alternatives, upper-end versions of the 3008 are definitely cars with rivals from Audi, BMW, Volvo, Land Rover and Mercedes in their sights. To some of those premium-brand rivals though perhaps not all, the 3008 should stand up pretty well.