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Peugeot 3008 (2009-2016) Buying Guide

Peugeot 3008 (2009-2016)
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by Richard Dredge

The original Peugeot 3008 might not have the sharp SUV looks of its successor, but it's still a great all-rounder with its blend of generous equipment levels, practicality and versatility in one affordable package. As a family car the 3008 majors on safety too, and thanks to the availability of some efficient, punchy engines this is also a car that's good to drive but which won't cripple you financially when it comes to fuel costs. It's not often that a car maker massively underestimates demand for its new car but that's what happened when Peugeot introduced the original 3008 - it couldn't make them fast enough. That's despite the fact that when the 3008 arrived it wasn't obvious which segment it sat in; was it an MPV or an SUV? Whatever it is, while reliability can be patchy, if you buy a good one you'll have an excellent family car for not a lot of money.

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Ride comfort
Spacious cabin
Low purchase prices
Efficient engines
Well equipped
Safety kit
Awkward styling
Patchy reliability
Poor rear visibility
Clunky EGC transmission
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4/10The 3008 arrives with 1.6-litre (120bhp or turbocharged 150bhp) petrol engines and 110bhp 1.6 or 150bhp 2.0-litre diesel engines. There are three trim levels
1/11SR and Envy special editions go on sale.
6/10A 163bhp 2.0 HDi auto joins the range.
10/10The 1.6 HDi is updated for greater efficiency, becoming the 1.6 e-HDi 112.
7/10The diesel/electric Hybrid4 debuts, rated at 99g/km; cut to 91g/km in 9/12.
1/14A facelifted 3008 has refreshed styling, more equipment and a more efficient 1.6 HDi engine, now rated at 115bhp and 125g/km. The Hybrid4's CO2 emissions are also cut to 88g/km.
  • Front tyres can wear quickly; some owners struggle to get more than 10,000 miles out of a set.
  • Brake pads (and discs) can need replacing frequently, especially if the callipers are sticking - which is common.
  • If you need to fit a baby or child seat you might find that your options are limited by the rear seat design.
  • The tyre pressure monitoring system can work erratically, because the valves are faulty, or they may just need to be calibrated correctly.
  • Some 3008s come with a space-saver spare wheel while others have just a compressor and a can of foam.
  • The LED daytime running lights fail and replacing them means removing the bumper.
  • The electronic parking brake can play up, with error messages appearing on the dashboard, even when everything is working properly.
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