• Real world PHEV fuel economy is excellent
    • Luxurious and powerful country cruiser
    • Balance between touchscreen and hard switches is about right
    • No spare tyre as standard
    • Passenger seat isn't electric
    • Non-discounted list price is too high
    5 Star

    About the Peugeot 3008

    Ian purchased this Peugeot 3008 used for $63,000 (including all on-road costs) in 2023. Ian would buy this car again because: “It has all the benefits of PHEV electric city driving, combined with luxury and power for prolonged country trips in hybrid mode. It feels just about the right size, with plenty of room for four adults, a decent boot, and comes equipped as standard with just about every option you could think of.”

    How reliable has your car been? Tell us about any issues.

    After a year and 10,000km of ownership it has essentially been without problems. The touchscreen froze once but this fixed itself when the car was restarted.

    When we had to change a tyre it required a hefty blow with a rubber mallet to remove the aluminium wheel nut which had oxidised itself on tight.

    What do you think of the ownership experience with your car?

    It has been a genuine pleasure to own, meeting our diverse needs as both a city commuter and country cruiser.

    For a child, driving the same car as their parents is almost a no go but my daughter is so impressed that she has just bought one herself, taking advantage of the current novated lease FBT provisions for electric vehicles.

    Are you happy with the price and features of your car?

    We bought the car as a demonstrator at a very substantial discount to the manufacturer’s list price. It seemed that this was the price that Peugeot should have asked for this vehicle in the first place.

    When we bought we knew that the commonest criticism of this car what that it was overpriced.

    In terms of features it pretty much has everything you could want. It would be nice if the passenger seat was also electric. Standard fitment is only a tyre inflation kit.

    The rural dealer we bought from understood that a spare tyre was an essential and was happy to provide a space saver spare from an all petrol 3008. This lives in a custom made canvas bag in the boot and there is still plenty of luggage space even with this in place.

    What do you think of the performance and economy of your car?

    Economy has been outstanding. Since the car is nearly always garaged we routinely recharge it from a domestic power point.

    This means we can take full advantage of the car’s electric potential. A charge typically provides a range of about 50km. Recently the car advised that after four months and 2000km of all city electric driving it was switching the thermal engine on because “fuel is too old”.

    Once we burnt a bit of fuel and refilled the tank it was happy to revert to electric only mode. This gives an idea of the fuel savings possible when a PHEV is used to its full potential.

    Performance in all electric mode is brisk and there is never a problem keeping up with city traffic. In the country there is plenty of oomph for overtaking when the two electric motors and the petrol motor work in concert. The AWD mode has proved useful when driving on slippery dirt roads.

    What do you think of the technology in your car?

    We are still discovering the many features of the car, only recently taking advantage of the voice recognition capacity. The customisable dash has suited us well.

    There is a good balance between functions controlled from the touchscreen versus those that use hard switches. As an example the lane assist can be turned off and left off using a switch rather than having to reset it with each use.

    What do you think of the ride comfort and handling of your car?

    We never expected this to handle like a 208 GTi. It has proved to be a very capable country cruiser with a supple and quiet ride that makes trips both short and long a pleasure.

    The massaging driver’s seat adds that little bit extra! Both my wife at 155cm and I at 183cm have found it easy to achieve a comfortable driving position with the Peugeot I-Cockpit set up for the steering wheel.

    The notably tight turning circle has made parking a breeze, to the point that we don’t bother with the semi-automated parking function.

    Overall Rating

    Ride & Handling9
    Price & Features8.5
    Performance & Economy10
    Ownership Experience10