Crossovers are lauded as cars that offer high-riding practicality and hatchback road manners in one neat package. That’s why families are choosing them over MPVs, family hatchbacks and saloons to keep their family on the road in a practical, rugged and safety-conscious vehicle.
The newly-formed segment has been an undeniable success with the Qashqai and its rivals selling in their millions. One of the last to join the party was Peugeot, who bided its time in making an attack on the market. Finally, Peugeot introduced its 3008 model to the motoring world and put itself up against surprising rivals in the shape of Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti, but although it faired well sales-wise it was no where near the class leader. Let’s see if the latest incarnation has led to the new 2014 Peugeot 3008 hitting new heights:
All crossovers have struggled with their looks after entering the market as they are mix-match of many different segments. Peugeot has always been a champion of style, but the original 3008 wore the much maligned grinning, tooth-filled front-grille, which threatened to derail its rise before it had taken off. However, its size did enable it to avoid feeling cartoon-esque, like some of its smaller siblings. It attempted a rugged look, but only succeeded in looking like a high-rise hatchback that despite its formidable dimensions on the road was far from anything resembling an SUV.
However, a 2014 facelift has revitalised the 3008 and addressed some of the more pressing styling issues. A more sculpted bonnet now leads to much less gaping grille that has a single-lined chrome, which gives it a more premium look; as do LED lights at the back. There is less of a collision of cultures in the design of the new 2014 Peugeot 3008; it looks far more rugged and SUV-like that helps improves its standing. There is a dynamic flow to the styling, which will help but it still feels more awkward in its own skin when compared to the likes of the Kia Sportage and SKODA Yeti.
There is a lot demanded of Crossover vehicles when it comes to the interior as they must deliver space and comfort without the dimensions. The new Peugeot 3008 carries on where its predecessor left off; offering up both in abundance. The most impressive part is just how soundproofed from the outside world you are when inside the cabin. Peugeot has focused heavily on how the 3008 performs on the motorway and they are not many crossovers better for the long haul. It has remarkable equipment levels that are all designed to make longer journeys fun and easy. This crossover is jam-packed with driver assistance technology and majors on comfort, so your family won’t argue when you suggest a road trip to see an estranged family member.
It is not just interior comfort that the new Peugeot excels in, as spaciousness is another key to its continued success. There may only be room for a maximum of five, but the 3008 makes good use of its space through its ‘Multiflex’ system. The versatility of the cabin is boosted by a split tailgate system that enables easier loading for whatever you need on your next journey. Seat flexibility is good too and easy to manoeuvre, so the trading of passengers for space is simple, when necessary. There are an abundance of cubby holes and clever storage areas that are ideal for a large family. Passengers in the back will also have ample head and legroom; while the boot space is capacious with an adjustable floor that can add more as and when needed. The practicality of the new 2014 Peugeot 3008 shows just why families are clambering for Crossovers at the moment.
Drive, ride and handling
The high-rising nature of Crossovers makes them immensely hard to drive and ride comfortably at the same time. The 3008 manages to curtail any roll in corners and bring a sense of agility that is so unfound in the segment traditionally. The steering is light and precise; whereas there is plenty of grip in the corners to give you confidence at most speeds. This would usually compromise the ride somewhat in such a top heavy car, but the 3008 can smooth out most road discrepancies. The visibility inside the cabin also helps make the drive easier; while the optional panoramic roof adds so much light that you will never miss a thing on the road. Overall, spending time with the Peugeot 3008 is a pleasure, if no exhilarating.
Performance, value and economy
The petrol engines are punchy and smooth, if not lacking some finesse when changing gear. For the best balance of performance and economy the hybrid option is what you want to be in. This makes cruising around town on the electric engine serine; while the diesel version handling the work on the motorway. For such a big car the new 2014 Peugeot 3008 is remarkably efficient; benefitting from Diesel Particulate Filters and e-HDi technology to reduce fuel consumption. Pick the right engine and you can even avoid road tax altogether, which is truly remarkable in a car of this size. As well as reasonable running costs, the new 3008 will be price-cut to keep demand high, so it is a good time to buy with residuals so high.
Our verdict? The new Peugeot 3008’s value-for-money proposition and slashed price is sure to shake up the competition.