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Our Peugeot 3008 long-termer's been in the wars...

Published: 12 January 2018

► Our Peugeot 3008 SUV long-termer
► It's powered by an award-winning petrol
► And is also brown... or is it copper?

Month 2 living with a Peugeot 3008: a parking ding...

There’s a nasty little ding on the 3008’s rear wheel arch. I was hunched over the keyboard in a cafe when it happened, but a kind coffee drinker took down the offender’s particulars while the latter climbed out, had a look at the damage, then drove off to park elsewhere.

The police took an equally dim view of this behaviour, found the lying toe-rag and threatened him with all sorts of horridness: leaving the scene of an accident, wearing a loud shirt in a built-up area, etc.

So now I have diagrams to draw and forms to fill in...

By Anthony ffrench-Constant

Logbook: Peugeot 3008 GT Line Pure Tech

Engine 1199cc 12v turbo 3-cyl, 129bhp @ 5500rpm, 170lb ft @ 1750rpm
Gearbox 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Stats 10.8 sec 0-62mph, 117mph, 117g/km CO2
Price £25,655
As tested £27,290
Miles this month 982
Total 2429
Our mpg 36.8
Official mpg 55.4
Fuel this month £154.39
Extra costs None

Peugeot 3008 long-term test review: prices, specs and what it's like to live with

Month 1 of our Peugeot 3008 long-term test review: welcome to the CAR magazine fleet

‘Sunset Copper my arse,’ muttered the missus. ‘That’s BROWN.’

‘No, no, heartface,’ I countered. ‘Look; it says so on the spec sheet – metallic paint for £525. It’s a snazzy extra, along with Keyless Entry and Start for £350, a heated, massaging driver’s seat for £560, and £200 worth of Boot Restraining Net. Won’t that be nice?’

‘Well it looks brown to me,’ she growled. ‘As in “Mr Brown is in reception”… And I don’t own any Wellingtons that require restraining. And don’t call me heartface.’

Welcome, then, European Car of the Year to the ff-C fold...

Now, mindful of just how expensive the VW Passat estate became once I’d finished rummaging among the tempting optional titbits on offer, I was determined to keep the cost of this 3008 within reasonable bounds. 

So what we have here is the £25,655 GT Line trim level – which ticks sundry essential boxes such as sat-nav – with just the aforementioned light dusting of goodies, bringing the on-the-road price to a very reasonable £27,290.

Peugeot 3008 long term interior

Choosing a powertrain also involved a degree of debate, with suggestions from colleagues more predicated to the ‘don’t’ than the ‘do’; as in ‘don’t go for the diesel mated to the auto gearbox’. 

Happily, the little 1.2-litre three-pot petrol engine has also been scooping up accolades in the form of International Engine of the Year. So, for the next six months, we can stay away from the oily patches of the forecourt. There’s something about the thrumming eagerness of three-cylinder engines that brings out the lead foot in everyone. This one is no exception, and though it shifts its 1250kg carapace with a surprising degree of alacrity, I feel sure the gap of 20-odd mpg between quoted and actual average fuel consumption will not be closing anytime soon...

Sunset Copper aside, I’m still coming to terms with the appearance of the 3008. As successive designers have discovered, it ain’t easy to style a packing crate. Suffice it to say I’m more comfortable with the stern, which combines a pillarbox rear screen swiped from the Evoque with a tail-light graphic paying homage to Ford’s Mustang.

On board, all is somewhat cleaner and tidier, with the odd classy detail – such as the brushed metal switches on the centre console – decidedly easy on the eye. It is, however, a shame that there aren’t one or two more switches available, thus avoiding recourse to the touchscreen for even simple jobs such as turning off the stop/start system at the beginning of every journey.

Peugeot 3008 long term rear light

And then, of course, there’s the pygmy elephant shrew in the cabin – Peugeot’s i-Cockpit steering wheel. When it comes to the driver’s instrument binnacle, I remain an unreconstituted fan of analogue dials, and would rather live with the real deal bracketing a central multi-information screen than an all-singing, all-dancing replica...

Especially, as in this case, when it necessitates mucking around with driver ergonomics merely to make it (almost) work. Never mind the fact that the driver’s seat feels as if it has been stuffed with old tennis balls and is taking some time with which to become accustomed, it’s a far bigger ask to get used to a steering wheel parked in the lap.

I have read elsewhere of this helm that it’s deemed very small. But actually it’s merely very oval, the top having been sliced off in order to allow the driver to not quite see as much of the binnacle as he’d like, and the bottom commensurately trimmed in the interests of symmetry. If ever there were an example of boffins left alone in windowless rooms to conjure a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, this is it.

Peugeot 3008 long term rear tracking

I have also read elsewhere that the small steering wheel makes it harder to drive the 3008 on its door handles with any élan. I’m not entirely sure as to the merits of driving a 1.2-litre SUV on its door handles, but will report back on the wisdom, or otherwise, of said enterprise.

Other than that, the family seems happy. The children profess to be perfectly comfortable in the back (though why oh why they will insist on both climbing aboard through the same door when one is available on each side is beyond me).

And, faced with a less cavernous load space, the evil smelling dog doesn’t slither about astern with the quite the alacrity it managed in the Passat estate. Though, sadly, there appears to be little modification in other less savoury behaviours.

By Anthony ffrench-Constant

Logbook: Peugeot 3008 GT Line PureTech 130

Engine 1199cc 12v turbo 3cyl, 129bhp @ 5500rpm, 170lb ft @ 1750rpm
Gearbox 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Stats 10.8sec 0-62mph, 117mph, 117g/km
Price £25,665
As tested £27,290
Miles this month 958
Total 1447
Our mpg 36.1mpg
Official mpg 55.4mpg
Fuel this month £145.68
Extra costs £0

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By Anthony ffrench-Constant

Contributing editor, architect, sentence constructor, amuse bouche