Peugeot’s SUV range is one of its most popular sellers, and it’s easy to see why. High quality with striking exteriors and impressive features, the French do it best. But if you’ve been scratching your head over which SUV to get from the range and can’t decide between the Peugeot 2008 and 3008, let’s explore these two smaller SUVs in the range.
With the Peugeot 2008, you get a small SUV from Peugeot that serves as a fitting entry point for drivers that want to get on board the SUV train and are operating on a more modest budget. Although it was initially met with a bit of confusion when the first model was introduced, it has come a long way since then, and the new model 2008’s compare very well against other compact SUVs such as the Volkswagen T Cross.
The slightly larger mid-sized Peugeot 3008 can be considered a flagship of new Peugeot cars. It offers more versatility in terms of size and space, and has unique styling and features that have earned it numerous awards, including the prestigious European Car of the Year in 2017. In following the example above, the Peugeot 3008 would be akin to the Volkswagen Tiguan.
In the current Peugeot lineup available in Australia, the Peugeot 2008 comes in two trim levels. You get to choose between the entry level 2008 Allure trim and the 2008 GT Sport that comes with additional and upgraded features as well as engine.
The 3008 Peugeot comes in 3 trim levels. Similar to the 2008, there is the entry level 3008 Allure and the highest specified 3008 GT Sport, but in between these two trims there is also the 3008 GT. If you prefer diesel, then this is the trim for you, as the 3008 GT is the only car in the range that has a diesel-powered option.
Both the 2008 and 3008 have received the same overall design philosophy, with the same stunning and bold styling that is applied across the entire Peugeot range. The more notable differences come in the front end of the SUVs, with the integration of the front grille and headlights unique to each model. The entry level 3008 Allure sports a larger default wheel size of 18 inches compared to the 2008 Allure that comes with 17-inch alloy wheels.
The most obvious main difference between Peugeot 2008 and 3008 is in their size. The Peugeot 2008 is the smaller of the two, with the 3008 being slightly larger in all dimensions. The Peugeot 3008 is 147mm longer, 70mm wider, 74mm taller and with 59mm higher ground clearance than the 2008. So if you’re after a zippy SUV and enjoy the smaller size, go the 2008. If you need a bit more space and what a little bit more oomph, try the 3008.
The inside of both Peugeot’s feel modern and spacious. The use of high end materials and Peugeot’s signature i-Cockpit design, together with its smaller and uniquely positioned leather steering wheel, offer a classy and premium feel. As you would expect, the Peugeot 2008 offers slightly less headroom inside, though the front legroom is comparable.
Engine and Performance
The Peugeot 2008 and 3008 are both front wheel drive only. They both perform well on the road, with the 3008 offering a more comfortable ride overall.
There are 2 engines used in the 2008 range, with the 2008 Allure running a 96kW 1.2L turbo petrol engine with a 6 speed automatic transmission, while the GT Sport is powered by an 114kW 1.2L turbo petrol engine with 8 speed auto.
The 3008 has three (larger) engines in its range thanks to the diesel option offered on the 3008 GT trim. The 3008 Allure and GT (petrol) is powered by a 121kW 1.6L turbo engine with a 6 speed auto transmission, while the GT Sport runs on a 133kW 1.6L turbo engine with an 8 speed automatic. The 3008 GT (diesel) is powered by a 130kW 2.0L turbo diesel engine, giving it more oomph and much better fuel efficiency than the turbo petrol version.
In terms of fuel consumption of the 2008 vs 3008, it is a mixed bag. The 2008 wins out when you compare the entry level trims, with the 2008 Allure running at 6.5 L/100km vs 7.3L/100km on the 3008 Allure. The tables are turned when you compare the top trims with the 3008 GT Sport running at 5.6 L/100km beating the 6.1 L/100km. But the true king of fuel efficiency is the 3008 GT diesel with 5.0 L/100km.
Whether you get the 2008 or 3008, it will come with a whole suite of driver assist and safety systems as standard. Features such as autonomous emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and one of two modes of cruise control, including adaptive cruise control, all help you to stay safe on the road. Check out the 2008 and 3008 model pages for more info.
Basically, safety is of the utmost importance to Peugeot, and no model misses out.
Just as with safety, both the Peugeot 2008 and 3008 both come packed with technology and features that enhance the driving experience of both driver and passengers. Top among them is the infotainment touch screen located on the centre console, where you can access the car’s various controls and functions, including smartphone connection through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you like larger screen sizes then go for the 2008 GT Sport or any 3008 trim, as they come with a 10-inch screen. The 2008 Allure has a smaller 7-inch touch screen. For extra comfort, you get features like a driver’s seat massage function on the higher trims of each model.
Unsurprisingly in the battle of the boot space between Peugeot 2008 vs 3008, the larger 3008 comes out on top. With the rear seats upright, the boot of the 3008 has a volume of 520L, 86L more than the 2008. And with the rear seats folded down the difference is greater still, with the boot capacity of the 3008 at 1580L, making 113L bigger than that of the 1467L of the 2008. The 2008 is ideal as a daily driver, but if you need a little bit more space, the 3008 delivers.
The differences between the Peugeot 2008 vs 3008 mainly comes down to size. Both are striking to look at and well equipped, with all of the latest in safety and modern technological features. The 2008 is the more affordable compact SUV, packed with fun features. The flagship 3008 is a mid-sized SUV, more comfortable for rear seat passengers on longer journeys, and it would make a fantastic weekend adventure vehicle.
If you’re in the market for a new SUV, contact Perth City Peugeot to arrange a no obligation test drive of a 2008 or 3008 today.