Our guide to Peugeot’s small SUV covers which version to go for, what options to consider and how much to pay for it all
With so many small SUVs to choose from these days, any new car can struggle to stand out from the crowd. With its striking looks which continue to divide opinion, though, standing out is not something which the latest Peugeot 3008 has to worry about.
This sylish rival to the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca has risen to become one of our favourite small SUVs, thanks largely to its premium interior, agile handling and large boot. Our full 16-point review can tell you more about what the 3008 is like to drive and live with, but here we’re going to focus on the plethora of equipment options available.
Go for our recommended version, which matches the frugal but punchy 1.2-litre Puretech 130 petrol engine with mid-range Allure trim, and you’ll already have most of the equipment you’re likely to need – including sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. It’s still worth looking at the options list, though, so click through this slideshow to see how we’d spec a Peugeot 3008.
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Metallic paint (£525)
This is one option we consistently recommend, and that’s because metallic paint is both a cheap upgrade which improves the look of your car, and also one which can increase its value – meaning you’ll get more money back when it comes to selling.
In the 3008, there are five metallic paint options to choose from, each priced at £525. There are also two additional pearlescent options, white and ‘ultimate red’, however since these cost £675 we’d steer clear.
Grip Control (£470)
There aren’t any four-wheel drive versions of the 3008, so if you want to venture off-road you’ll need Grip Control – which adapts the 3008’s electronic driving aids to different conditions.
There are new driving modes tailored for driving on mud, snow or sand, plus the upgrade swaps your standard road tyres for chunky all-weather tyres for greater grip. Be warned, though, that those stiffer tyres can make the 3008 feel restless, especially at higher speeds, so they’re only worth getting if you plan on spending a lot of time off the beaten path.
It’s also worth noting that, unlike many rivals, adding larger alloy wheels to the 3008 doesn’t damage its ride. You get 18-inch alloys as standard on Allure models, but you can upgrade to larger 19-inch wheels for £300.
LED headlights (£850)
Spending £850 on a lighting upgrade will likely be towards the bottom of your list of priorities, but we’ve been impressed by just how much further you can see at night using LED lights compared with standard bulbs.
You’ll be able to spot both other road users and potential hazards sooner, so there’s a safety benefit, and LED lights will also increase the value of your car.
This upgrade also gets you LED fog lights, a sports front bumper and a sports grille, which gives the car a more aggressive look.
Heated leather seats with massage function (£1490)
This upgrade gets you full leather trim, as well as electric seat adjustment with a memory function – handy if multiple drivers will be using the car.
At just short of £1500, though, this is a big price to pay, especially considering that you can get heated front seats with a massage function for the driver’s separately for £560. This is a good upgrade if you’ll be doing lots of long journeys, but we’d leave it otherwise.
Keyless entry and start (£350)
Keyless entry and start doesn’t become standard equipment on the 3008 until you get to range-topping GT trim, but it’s a reasonably cheap upgrade on lesser models.
It’s also a convenient upgrade – letting you enter and even start the car without ever once removing the key from your pocket, which is handy if your arms are full of luggage. The simple starter button can also help to give the interior a more premium look.
Panoramic roof (£990)
A panoramic roof sounds ideal – it lets more light into the rear of the 3008 and gives your rear passengers an excellent view of the outside world. It’s an expensive choice, though, and it substantially reduces the amount of headroom on offer for rear passengers.
If you’re regularly planning on carrying adults of above-average height, then this is one option we’d avoid – especially as without it the rear of the 3008 feels plenty airy enough.
How to buy your perfect Peugeot 3008
So that’s how we’d spec a Peugeot 3008, and below is how much it will cost you:
Model: 1.2 Puretech 130 manual Allure List price: £24,565 Target Price: £22,551Options we’d choose: Metallic paint (£525), LED headlights (£850), keyless entry and start (£350) Cost of recommended options: £1725
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