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Peugeot e-3008 review

7 / 10
14 May 2024
Peugeot e3008 front driving

The new Peugeot e-3008 looks to right the wrongs of other electric SUVs by bringing more range to the party – up to 435 miles on a charge in top-spec versions.

It's also a car that makes you feel good about yourself, with a reasonably luxurious interior and dazzling infotainment tech that looks sharp and works well. The suspension is a tad firm at low speeds, however, and the asking price is dangerously close to £50,000 new.

What we like:
  • Promising real-world range
  • Stylish inside and out
  • Packed with tech
What we don't like:
  • Expensive
  • Jiggly suspension
  • Not fun to drive

Should I buy a Peugeot e-3008?

If you're after a stylish new family SUV and want something a little left-field compared to the Volkswagens and Skodas of this world, you could do worse than pick the new Peugeot e-3008. The e-3008 is the first version of the all-new Peugeot 3008, which will also be available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid.


The most glaring change to the 3008 is that the roofline now swoops down at the rear in a coupe-like fashion to enhance aerodynamics. You get LED headlights up front on all models, though you want a top-spec GT model to get the fanciest pixel LED headlights which continue the trio of 'claws' from the daytime running lights. Entry-level Allure models come on 19-inch wheels, while GTs come on 20-inchers and get a Ferrari-esque shield badge on the wings. 

Peugeot e3008 exterior side

Things are a little more traditional around the back with the three-claw light signature in the tail lights, though you only get one orange flashing indicator light on each side in Allure models, while in GT models you get three orange – you guessed it – claws.


The electric version we're reviewing here promises 326 miles of range from its entry-level 73kWh battery, and an impressive 435 miles from the larger 98kWh version. Impressive figures for sure, but a top-spec GT version with the smaller battery will run you close to £50,000, so you'd hope you're getting a lot of car for your money…

Peugeot e3008 rear lights

… and you are. Inside, the e-3008 wows with a curving dashboard, cleverly cut-out centre console and lots of soft-touch cloth across the dashboard and doors, giving you a sense that you're in a cabin that's designed to delight, unlike the grey innards of its rivals. Half of the Peugeot's giant 21-inch panoramic screen serves as a touchscreen-enabled infotainment system, while the right-hand side is a large digital dashboard that can show sat-nav maps and plenty more. And yes, it's one continuous screen, not two 12-inchers jammed into each other as you'd find in some other cars.


Room in the back of the e-3008 is decent, while the 520-litre boot is plenty big enough for family holidays, but the sloping roofline means you can't pack quite as much in as you might in the previous, boxier 3008.


The e-3008 does leave a little bit to be desired once you're out on the open road. The suspension jiggles you about in your seat, a reminder that the springs are coping with 2.1 tonnes of SUV. Yet there's plenty of body roll in faster corners too, and the tiny steering wheel often leaves you dialling in lock a bit faster than you anticipated, which means your passengers can lean out of their seats a bit. It's best as a gentle cruiser.


The Peugeot has a few mainstream electric rivals that can muster the same driving range on paper, but in our experience fall short in the real world. The Volkswagen ID.4 undercuts the Peugeot slightly on price, but doesn't have the charm, efficiency or interior quality of the French car, while the Tesla Model Y is faster and has easy access to Tesla's charging network, but is a bit pricier than the Peugeot if you want the same range.

Interior and technology

The e-3008 is the first of a new generation of Peugeot models, bringing with it a sizeable evolution in terms of layout, technology and materials… which is a wordy way of saying it has a bit of a wow factor. 


Sure, the e-3008 continues the brand's 'i-Cockpit' tradition, with a small steering wheel that you look over to see your digital dials, but it's a new steering wheel with redesigned buttons. They move when you press them, but do look a little bit plasticky. The gearshift paddles are new too, and thankfully the entire paddle moves when you give them a tug, unlike on previous Peugeots. Here, they adjust the regenerative braking effort of the electric motor. Indicator-stalk enthusiasts will note that these are new too. How exciting.

Peugeot e3008 dashboard

Star of the show is the ginormous 21-inch screen running across the top of the dashboard. It's bright and easy to use, thanks to another screen underneath it that features customisable shortcut buttons. You can swipe on this screen to access a further five shortcuts, which you can set to things such as Apple CarPlay, climate controls, audio settings and so on. It's a doddle to get used to, and the standard-fit wireless CarPlay and Android Auto are the icing on the cake. The only annoyance is that you have to tap at the top of the screen to access the climate menu before you can alter the temperature – the only physical buttons are for the front and rear window demisters, air recirculation and to turn the AC off and on.


Standard equipment levels are strong though. Entry-level Allure models get the big screen and custom shortcut screen, along with a wireless phone charger, a dash of ambient lighting under the central screens, comfy cloth seats and a reversing camera and rear parking sensors. Top-spec GT models add adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, more extensive ambient lighting, heated Alcantara front seats and fancier pixel LED headlights with adaptive high beams.

Peugeot e3008 cabin side view

All versions feel classy inside, thanks to extensive use of light-coloured cloth that helps add a lounge-like sense of class to the cabin. We tested the optional Nappa leather comfort seats, and they are exceptionally comfy and well worth plucking from the options list. They have a huge amount of adjustment, including a tilting seat base and under-thigh support – features that helped them win the seal of approval of AGR, a German conglomerate of backache specialists. We're not making that up. Allure models can only have the driver's seat kitted out like this, while GT models can have both front pews in spine-saving form.

Practicality

Back-seat space in the e-3008 is pretty good, if not class-leading. There's enough kneeroom for a 6'3" adult to sit behind their own driving position, while headroom is not an issue unless you lean all the way back in the seat, at which point your head will touch cloth on that aerodynamic swooping roof. Most people will be able to fit their feet under the front seats.


Middle-seat accommodation is okay and – being built on a new EV platform – there's no annoying hump in the floor between your middle passenger's feet. There's a central armrest in the middle, but it only gains cupholders and a smartphone holder on top-spec GT models. Heated outer-rear seats are on the options list, while all models get two USB-Cs and a 12-volt socket for charging devices.

Peugeot e3008 boot

Boot space comes in at 520 litres, which is average for this class of car, and there's a good amount of storage space under the boot floor – although this disappears in dual-motor versions. There's no frunk like on a Tesla Model Y.

Engines and performance

The e-3008 comes with a couple of battery and motor options, and there are plug-in hybrid and self-charging hybrid versions of the 3008 on the way as well. We tested the basic 210hp, front-wheel-drive electric version with the 73kWh battery – but there'll be a 320hp dual-motor version (with a 0-62mph time of 6.4 seconds) and a 230hp long-range version with that magic 435-mile claimed range.


The basic single-motor e-3008 is not a neck-snapping car to drive, with a genteel 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds, and it feels very much tuned for real-world daily driving and maximising efficiency. We only managed an efficiency rating of 3.1 miles/kWh which would equate to 226 miles of real-world range, but Peugeot assured us software patches were coming to the early production cars we drove – we felt as if the trip computer got 'stuck' on our efficiency figure. Other journalists on the same press event as us managed a far more impressive 4.2 miles/kWh, which gets you 306 miles of real-world driving.


If you don't fancy an electric version, you can get the new 3008 with a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to a 22hp electric motor and a self-charging hybrid system. That all goes through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with power going to the front wheels, with Peugeot claiming between 44 and 52mpg, and a 0-62mph time of 10.2 seconds. 


The upcoming PHEV version of the Peugeot 3008 promises 49 miles of electric range, yet still has a 60-litre fuel tank for the 150hp petrol engine, so promises better combined range than most rival PHEVs and their much smaller fuel tanks.

Driving and comfort

The e-3008 doesn't feel that sporty to drive, thanks again to that gentle accelerator response (although sport mode does spice things up slightly). But it's the suspension that lets the side down somewhat. Bumpy and jiggly around town, it never really settles down at higher speeds either. At least tyre and wind noise are fairly minimal at a cruise.

Peugeot e3008 rear driving

Despite having seemingly firm suspension, it's not very supportive of the e-3008's mass in fast corners, allowing a decent amount of body lean – usually something we'd accept in a softly sprung French car that irons out bumps, but the e-3008 doesn't excel at that. We think you can blame the fact the e-3008 tips the scales at a slightly portly 2.1 tonnes. For comparison, a Tesla Model Y weighs about 200kg less.


Slow down a bit and the e-3008 is a predictable and grippy car on a country road, though the quick-ratio steering and the small steering wheel do conspire to make you turn in to corners a bit harder than you might expect, leading to some awkward leaning in your seat. Around town, the same fast steering makes parallel parking a doddle, but the restricted view out the back corners of the car caused by that swooping roofline makes the reversing camera a necessity rather than a gimmick.

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