2014 Peugeot 3008: The Car That Smiles Back At You?
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The supermarket car park resembles a smoke and mirrors fun house, as you stumble through endless rows of MPVs trying to find your people carrier. This wouldn’t be an issue if you had purchased the one of a kind, 2014 Peugeot 3008.
The 3008 has the raised stance of an SUV combined with the versatility of a family hatchback. Oh, and did we mention it has killer good looks? Upon initial release, the Peugeot was only available in front-wheel drive form, but that has changed with the recent introduction of the Hybrid4 which, as you probably guessed, is a Hybrid available with four-wheel drive.
With the exception of the hybrid, all other 3008s get slapped with front-wheel drive, and a choice of 2.0-litre and 1.6-litre HDi diesels or 1.6-litre VTi and THP petrols. An independent MacPherson strut suspension with an anti-roll bar at the front and a torsion beam at the rear, keep the Peugeot in contact with the pavement. Since four-wheel drive is not an option on standard 3008 models, Peugeot has stuck them with what is known as Grip Control traction control system (that’s a mouthful). This setup has five operating modes, each intended to optimise traction on a specific surface. Dynamic Roll Control is available on models other than the base, and features technology designed to counteract body roll typical of tall vehicles. All models are equipped with variable electro-hydraulic power steering, and ESP stability control with a built-in hill assist.
The 2014 Peugeot 3008 has been given a well-deserved makeover. It now smiles back at you with a sleeker chrome front grille and fog light surrounds. The headlights are of the LED variety, and on fancy models, xenon lights with automatic height and directional adjustment are available. The rump has visited the plastic surgeon as well, and now exhibits dark tinted light clusters with LED lamps. Technophiles will be pleased that the habitable zone now features a full-colour ‘Head-Up’ display, and a reversing camera.
The 2014 Peugeot 3008 also offers loads of practicality in the form of a split tailgate, a three-position boot floor, and four securing rings for attaching a luggage net. There’s no need to break out your high school wrestling moves to fold the rear seat either – it folds in a single movement by pressing a few buttons. Even the front passenger seat folds flat should you need to transport that extra-long whatchamacallit. Storage nooks and crannies are present throughout the cabin, supplying a total of nearly 50-litres to hide your tidbits and trinkets. The boot measures 512-litres, expanding to 1,604-litres if you fold the seats.
If you must have a 2014 Peugeot 3008, plan on forking out over £17,000 for a 1.6-litre petrol model, just under £19,000 for a diesel, and a little over £27,000 for a Hybrid4. There are also three trim levels including Access, Active and Allure. That concluding title is hardly alluring – it makes us want to vomit, but whatever. Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones and music players are standard on every 3008, while electric folding door mirrors are available on Active models. If you pony up for the Allure, you get Navigation and the reversing camera system. As far as safety equipment goes, there is an abundance of airbags, ESP and ABS standard throughout the roster.
The cost of sustaining the 2014 Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is minimal as expected. The vehicle is fitted with Stop/Start technology that automatically shuts down the HDI diesel engine when you’re stuck in traffic or waiting at a red light. The Hybrid4 always exercises its zero emissions electric motor until speed picks up, resulting in 83.1mpg and 88g/km for the Active, and 74.3mpg and 99g/km for the Allure. As for the other layouts, the 1.6 HDi engine returns 58.9mpg and 112g/km on the combined cycle, while the 2.0-litre unit isn’t far behind with a 53.2mpg. If you must have an automatic transmission, prepare for fuel economy to be reduced to 46.3mpg when mated to the 163bhp engine.
The 2014 Peugeot 3008 provides superb value, economy and utility. It’s an MPV you can be proud to be seen in, and with its striking looks and tall ride height, you will never have to use your key fob to find it in a crowd.