The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Great size even for the larger family!

Starting price: £27,555

Pros

3 car seats fit across the rear bench

Great sized boot

Cons

Climate control a bit fiddly

Digital Display / Dashboard slightly hidden

Intro

A good looking car to rival the Skoda Karoq and VW Tiguan.  The 3008 comes in 5 different trims and we drove the petrol manual GT.

The drive was felt beautifully smooth and we both loved the smaller designed steering wheel. For smaller hands it was easy to use the controls on the wheel and more importantly it made turning a cinch from roundabouts to sharp turns. Parking was simple using the reversing camera, mirrors and sensors.  However, we did notice that the rear window is quite skinny and therefore visibility is not the best.

The electric and heated wing mirrors come as standard.

The car also has a night vision system which basically sees around 200 metres ahead of the headlights.  Potentially useful on country roads, on a dark winter’s night, to avoid that roaming badger!

Interior

The car’s cockpit is a good shape which, like a BMW 3 series, wraps itself around you.  We liked the little blue lighting around the door trims, coffee cup holders and centre console which prevents you from blindly trying to find an item on a night time journey.

There is a small blind spot on the dashboard caused by the steering wheel which didn’t bother us too much, but a good idea to have a play to get your best seated position.

The infotainment system did exactly what it said on the tin (8 inch is the standard touchscreen with upgrades increasing to 10 inch) with DAB radio, Apple play / android and bluetooth connectivity.  In the centre console there was a USB port and 12v socket.

The climate control has a run of cool silver piano keys above this console.  Although after playing about a bit we discovered that instead of being able to adjust the climate temperature totally from the keys it then took you to the touchscreen to adjust the levels. Obviously if you are driving this is not the most practical and overcomplicates a simple function.

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats were very comfortable and leather was available on all trims except the standard entry and for warm bottoms you would need to go up to the GT level to have heated seats in the front.  I must in our case!  Once you’ve tried you never go back!

The rear bench was deceiving and fitted three children’s car seats or boosters.  Such a big tick! There are 2 isofix points on the outer seats and also another on the front passenger seat. A great car for carrying around a small tribe!  Another big plus was that the floor was flush all the way through so the middle person would not need to straddle the transition tunnel…… and potentially less fighting with ‘who is going to sit in the middle?’!  **

Cups & Cubby

There were decent cupholders that actually held our coffee cups, along with good sized door bins.  The glovebox was a bit pokey, but still a useable space for some bits and bobs.  Whereas the space under the armrest was perfect for some of life’s paraphernalia… sunglasses to tissues!

In the rear the front seats had netted pockets on the back for storage and good sized door bins.  On the GT level you also get 2 more USB ports in the back which is so useful for toddlers to teenagers in order to keep those gadgets fired up!  The armrest does pull down and has two shallow cup holders.

Boot Space

The boot space on the petrol and diesel models is a great size at 520 litres which is on par with the VW Tiguan.  However, the hybrid drops by 125 litres to 395.  There is also a false floor which you can lower and this is great if you have a large four legged friend or even just a lot of stuff to get in the boot. The shape is pretty good too and a buggy comfortably fitted horizontally with lots more space for a large pram, bags, scooters, welly boots etc.. and for an additional cost you can get a tailgate with the foot sensor opening which are great when you are balancing life in both hands!

Summary

A good medium family SUV definitely up there as a top contender with plenty of space in the back.

** Car seats used in this review: Joie Trillo (width 48cm)

Boosters used in this review : Cozynsafe Tambu (width 45cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4447 (L) x 1841 (W) x 1620 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

520 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

48 MPG

Range - Kate and Claire

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60mph in 9.5 secs