Peugeot is making a concerted effort to make its cars more interesting, and its latest batch of models are a far cry from those that came before.
The 3008 is an excellent example of the brand’s direction. The sharp styling of the new model is a complete revolution from the frumpy-looking version it replaces.
It’s not just the outside that impresses. The interior is the most interesting in the segment. The modern dash does away with convention, using a touch screen and a neat row of toggle switches to control the climate and infotainment systems.
The driving position might take drivers a while to get used to, as Peugeot has decided that steering wheels ought to be a lot smaller.
The 3008’s go-kart-like wheel is mounted low and you look over its flat top to see the car’s digital instruments.
I really didn’t like it to start with, but after a few days behind the wheel it becomes ‘normal’.
Powering our test model is Peugeot’s 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engine. It develops a healthy 130PS and has CO2 emissions of 108g/km.
It’s mated to a fairly slick six-speed gearbox and is certainly one of the more dynamic feeling crossovers.
If you drive it especially frugally it will return 60mpg. Peugeot says 68.9mpg officially, but out test saw figures closer to 50mpg.
On the motorway it's refined and offers good visibility. Our test car was fitted with blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, which makes the experience more relaxing.
There was also a massage function for the driver’s seat, excellent for those travelling long distance.
It’s likely that drivers opting for the 3008 will have families. There should be no complaints as it feature isofix, a seatbelt warning system and electronic child locks.
Build quality is much higher than the old version, allowing the 3008 to be a proper rival in the hotly contested crossover segment.
It seems that there is an SUV to suit all tastes and the Peugeot 3008 will find favour with many drivers who are drawn to its futuristic looks and efficient engine.