It’s probably long expunged from your memory, so take a second to recall the previous 3008. Looking more like the box your last car came in it sacrificed everything, including any visual merit, for the sake of space. It will not be missed.
The new 3008 is part of an avalanche (for want of a better collective noun) of SUVs to come from Peugeot; five in the space of a year in fact, but the compact 3008 will make the biggest noise.
Looks are almost everything in SUV town and the 3008 is appealing. Tall and chunky are a given but there’s some pleasing detailing thrown in, with the nose made up of slashes and strong creases, the rear hiding its lights behind a blacked-out panel and the roof curving neatly towards the tail. We’d probably swerve the ‘Coupe Franche’ two-tone paint finish though, which looks as if the spray boys knocked off an hour early.
Hoik yourself inside and you’ll find Peugeot’s i-cockpit, a large 12.3-inch display instead of instruments alongside a pokeable 8-inch screen to manage everything. It also means another small steering wheel, which will either suit your tiny paws or leave you longing for a Routemaster. It all hangs together well, the driving position suiting the layout better than in other Peugeots, and it’s clear they worked hard to make it feel special. Premium might be pushing it, but it’s certainly a cut above.
You’ll justify the 3008 over its regular hatchbox cousin on space, and there’s plenty to go around. That i-cockpit business means a good view out, while headroom isn’t hurt too dramatically if you opt for the sunroof.
It’s a bit tighter out back with the sensuous curves of the roof eating into headspace, and rear feet won’t slot under the front seats, but if you’re loading it up with kids they won’t complain any more than normal.
Where the 3008 might win you over – particularly if you plan on getting behind the leather shirt button yourself – is how it drives. Let’s be clear, this isn’t a 308 on weekend manoeuvres with the TA, but once wound up its balance and composure is a step above the class standard.
You’ll end up catapulting your shopping around the boot and clearing up child vomit for days, but an SUV that relishes being hurled about is a rare treat indeed. Peugeot deserves a pat on the back for remembering even parents have souls.
Peugeot 3008 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S Allure
Price: £25,750 (est)
Engine: 1560cc turbocharged diesel, 4cyl
Power: 120bhp @ 3500rpm
Torque: 221lb ft @ 1750rpm
Transmission: six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Top speed: 117mph
On sale: Now
Drive before you dismiss it