Peugeot 3008 2021 review: GT Sport
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Peugeot 3008 2021 review: GT Sport
If you’re in the market for a mid-size SUV, why not look past the usual throng of players and check out the Peugeot 3008? It competes with cars like the Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen Tiguan and Subaru Forester, but it has that French panache which gives an interesting point of difference.
This one is the top of the range, GT Sport, and costs around $54,990, before on road costs - so it is at the pricier end of the market.
Here’s how this top-spec 3008 did over a week of driving for this week’s family review.
What does it look like?
This is a good looking car. It’s quite different to others on the market, with a long-ish shape but is much more sophisticated than other long mid-size SUVs like the Forester. You can opt for a two-tone finish, it has a spanky new grille that looks quite space-shippy, especially while driving, and the Peugeot lion badge is the cherry on top.
The GT Sport's interior is also right up there. Being the top model in the range you’ll find Nappa leather seats with a luxe quilted pattern, and a small leather steering wheel which matches up to Audi's sporty designs. This could be even better.
It’s hexagonal - small with a flat bottom and flat top so your hands fit neatly on the top corner angles, and it immediately shouts 'racing car' to me. It’s possibly the best thing about the car.
Other interior highlights are the lime wood trim throughout, and the doors and dash are covered in soft, pebble-patterned premium fabric.
The centre console is nicely designed with a one-sided metallic swish. You get a digital instrument display in front of the steering wheel, and it all gives off a well styled vibe.
What’s the tech like?
There’s a 10.0-inch multimedia screen and it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for instant connectivity to your phone’s main apps you can navigate and stream audio. I did find the car’s own interface a little tricky to work out at first but that’s all a part of the fun when you do work it out.
This model has a focal 10-speaker sound system, so turn the volume up.
How easy is it to use everyday?
The front seats are power adjustable and there’s also a massage function in the driver’s seat. The tailgate is power operated but sometimes I think that’s more trouble than it’s worth, being slow to go up and down.
You’ll get two cupholders (which actually hold the cup properly instead of letting it float around in a larger space), there’s a spot for keys and a phone that also has a wireless charger, a decent centre console and bottle holders in each door so you’re covered storage-wise.
Rear passengers get two cupholders in the centre armrest and there is climate control in the back seat.
How spacious is it?
Being a mid-size SUV it’s a great size for my family of four and we all fit in this week with room to spare.
The front seats have enough leg and head space even for the taller members of my family and it’s wide enough, too, so you don’t feel cramped.
The rear has loads of room for my seven- and nine-year old, and I can fit in there at 161cm (5'3") with just enough space between my knees and a taller person’s driving position. It’s not huge in the back, but you will fit if you’re taller than me. It could have more leg space but it’s not a deal breaker.
Boot space is huge for a mid-size SUV. At 591L it’s larger than most competitors apart from a few cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan. It’ll fit large suitcases or a double pram and will have no trouble with sporting equipment for weekend games.
How does it drive?
Driving is fun in the Peugeot 3008! There’s a 1.6L, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine and it’s quick off the mark, so it’s not just the steering wheel that makes it feel like a racing car, it’s actually very speedy.
It’s also agile and drives like a smaller car and even feels a bit more sedan-like to drive than most mid size SUVs, There’s no heaviness or clunkiness with the handling. Everything is smooth and works in unison.
The steering is easy to turn and you can get into parks easily. Unfortunately the reverse parking camera looks like it hasn’t been updated in years; it’s still quite fuzzy and low res, especially at night. That could have done with an update for this new model.
The other thing Peugeot could offer is all-wheel drive because all 3008’s are 2WD and there is no AWD option.
How safe is it?
It comes with airbags for driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags that extend to the back row. You’ll also get two ISOFIX points and three top tether points for kids car seats.
The 3008 scores a maximum five ANCAP stars, although that's from a 2016 assessment.
How much does it cost to own?
The Peugeot 3008 GT Sport costs $54,990, before on road costs. The official combined fuel consumption figure is 5.6L/100km and I averaged 7.7L/100km for the week.
It's covered by a five year/unlimited km warranty and servicing is required every 12 months or 20,000km. With the five year capped servicing plan, each service for the GT Sport works out at $527.80 (over the first five years).
I really enjoyed driving the Peugeot 3008 GT Sport this week. With very distinctive, sophisticated design, enough space for the whole family, including a lot of boot space, a speedy engine, and racing car steering wheel, it feels great to drive. I do think the price could be lower, though, especially because these are 2WD cars.
I gave it a family rating of 8.1 out of 10 and my kids gave it an 8.0. They are particularly fond of comfortable leather seats.
Exterior and interior design
Speedy, responsive engine
Small hexagon steering wheel
On the pricey side
No AWD option
Multimedia interface tricky (at first)