Peugeot has come on leaps and bounds in the last 5 years. Their current lineup is probably the strongest that they have ever had at any one time and the Peugeot appeal is growing exponentially with every new addition to the range. While their GTi models might be the most exciting of the lot, but the most interesting models are certainly their SUVs. Every model in their SUV lineup has been updated, and they are some of the best SUVs available in each respective segment. Let’s have a deeper look.
The 2008 is a ‘B-segment’ SUV that has been on sale for as good as 2 years after receiving a facelift which brought it up to date with the rest of the competition. The 2008 goes toe-to-toe with both the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur, but it excels in areas where the other two clearly fall short. For example, the interior. The Nissan is covered in playfully coloured plastics which aren’t too bad on the eye are far from luxurious, and the Renault has a ‘minimalistic’ layout which, arguably, just looks a bit bare. The 2008, however, is covered in comfortably and warming fabrics which are pleasing to touch and welcoming. Then there is the boot space, which is capacious (410 litres) and it is actually usable, unlike the Juke which has a smaller boot in a very odd shape.
The 2008 is also extremely frugal. Even the most powerful 1.2 PureTech engines will return you around 55mpg, while the most economical is the 1.5 BlueHDi diesel which should offer a massive 70mpg on the motorway. The 2008 is on sale right now from £17,424.
The 3008 caused a massive stir when it was released last year. The old model was, well, pretty poor. It was cumbersome to drive, bland on the interior and awkward looking from the outside. This new model, however, is a revelation. The only thing consistent between the new 3008 and the old model is the name. This is now a smooth-riding SUV whereas the previous was a people carrier. Inside, there’s no comparison. The interior of the new 3008 is simply stunning and like no other on the market. The dash is ergonomic and features pleasing cockpit-like buttons, a textured dashboard and an extremely smart-looking infotainment unit. It is also worth mentioning that the quality of the fit and finish inside the whole cabin is sublime.
Like in the 2008, it’s the 1.5-litre BlueHDi model that will get you the furthest on one tank, as you can expect excellent mpg on a motorway journey. The 3008 is on sale right now from just £24,109.
And finally, the big boy of the Peugeot SUV family, the new 5008. Following the same styling cues that exist on the smaller 3008, only on a greater scale and with even more luxuries stuffed inside. The 5008 no longer competes with the Ford S-Max and Renault Scenic, as it is an SUV now so it sets the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail in its sight. The 5008 is a 3-row 7 seater that can actually fit 7 people in relative comfort. The back row seats pop up from the floor and fold away efficiently, leaving a massive 780 litres of luggage space, which is bigger than both the Skoda and the Nissan, and if you fold the second row down too then that figure goes all the way up to 1,940 litres.
Once again the 1.5-litre BlueHDi model is the most economical. Even when pulling a big 7 seater, this torquey diesel engine will still offer fantastic mpg. The 5008 is on sale right now from £26,259.