Peugeot 3008 – best crossovers and small SUVs

The 3008 has ditched its MPV baggage and gone down the full crossover route, with great results

It’s fair to say that Peugeot was a bit of a latecomer to the crossover party. The original 3008 hedged its bets by offering a mix of SUV and MPV in its awkward appearance, but this time around, Peugeot has gone with the flow of rival makers and the Mk2 delivers the full crossover experience.

In some ways, the 3008 is the epitome of the crossover, because while it’s chunky and stylish, four-wheel drive isn’t offered on any model in the range. Instead, you get Peugeot’s switchable traction control, called Grip Control. This works like a simplified version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response set-up, and switches electronic settings to suit the surface you’re driving on.

• Peugeot 3008 review

But it’s family-friendliness that really matters with crossovers, and the 3008 delivers by the bucketload. While the MPV roots have been erased, the cabin actually has more space than in the Mk1, and the latest version of Peugeot’s iCockpit is easier to get along with than ever.

Engines are efficient yet punchy, while the 3008 is reasonably good to drive, too – it can’t match some of its rivals  for driving fun, but it’s comfortable when you’re taking it easy.

Top 10 best crossovers and small SUVs to buy now

  • 1. Citroen C3 Aircross
  • 2. Skoda Karoq 
  • 3. Peugeot 3008
  • 4. Volvo XC40
  • 5. SEAT Arona
  • 6. Audi Q3
  • 7. Toyota C-HR
  • 8. MINI Countryman
  • 9. Mazda CX-5
  • 10. Renault Kadjar
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