Some manufacturers like to boast a wraparound cockpit, but in the Peugeot 3008 this truly is the case.
Some manufacturers like to boast a wraparound cockpit, but in the Peugeot 3008 this truly is the case. The driver and front passenger are separated by broad console that houses the high-level gear-shift, electronic parking brake and two cup-holders. On the front passenger's side of the barrier there is a large grab-handle, which together with the deep fascia forms a 'box'. It could feel somewhat constrictive but this is counteracted by the amount of 'personal' space.
The driver on the other hand fits snugly behind the Peugeot 3008's rake- and reach-adjustable steering wheel and is faced by, what at first seems an overwhelming array of controls, where in fact it is really quite simply and logically, laid out. The glossy tunnel console rises smoothly to meet the centre console at the base of which are the comfort controls for the air-conditioning. Above this are the delightfully, chrome trimmed audio and navigation controls, below a deep oddments bin. This marks the dividing line of the dashboard and runs the full width of the cabin.
At this point, the edge of the centre console begins to curve towards the Peugeot 3008's instrument binnacle and also sees the start of another row of controls. This switchgear also serves to emphasise the cockpit effect as they are toggled, controlling the head-up display features.
The head-up display is available as standard only on the top specification Peugeot 3008 Exclusive trim and an option on the others. Rather than display directly onto the screen as in the BMW 7-Series, say, it has its own panel that pops up from behind the instrument nacelle onto which is projected driving information, such as the current speed, the speed limit, cruise control and speed limiter settings, as well as a distance alert system. Using the toggle switches the driver can set the preferred minimum distance between the Peugeot 3008 and the vehicle in front. The system does not slow the car but flashes an alert if the following distance becomes less than the driver's setting.
At the rear of the stylish cabin, three passengers can enjoy plenty of leg- and shoulder-room. These seats are set higher than those in the front and with the slope of the rear roofline, it could feel confined but doesn't. This is helped greatly by the huge panoramic sunroof, which is also an option on all but the Peugeot 3008 Exclusive.
The rear seats have a 60:40 split and fold function and fold to form a flat load floor and increase the luggage capacity from 512-litres to a maximum of 1,604-litres. Moreover, the boot floor can be set at three different levels, in order to separate items in the compartment. Although the glovebox isn't very capacious, there are plenty of storage options elsewhere. The front armrest for instance hides a very deep bin that extends under the centre tunnel and, depending on the trim level, there is under-floor storage ahead of the rear seats.
The standard of interior finish and specification would suggest that the Peugeot 3008 is expensive but it is, in fact on a par with many of its competitors. Prices range between £15,995 and £21,895, making the Peugeot 3008 cheaper than the Peugeot 308 SW estate.
Peugeot 3008 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot 3008 HDi 150|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||125 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||60.0 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 25/09/09)||£20,895|