Read Caroline’s Peugeot E-3008 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot’s new electric version of a popular SUV that has sold over 1.3 million units worldwide.

The Peugeot 3008 has been a huge success for the Peugeot brand. In Ireland, it’s a former Irish Car of the Year and one of the French brand’s bestselling models – and has been for many years now.

No pressure then for the third generation model, which is expected to arrive in Ireland in a few month’s time.

In a sign of the times, it will also be available as an electric ‘E-3008’ for the very first time, along with a petrol mild hybrid and a plug-in hybrid before the end of the year.

I travelled to France with Peugeot Ireland to drive the new Peugeot E-3008 ahead of its Irish launch.

Watch a video review of the new Peugeot E-3008!

Styling

The current Peugeot 3008 is one of the best looking SUVs of its kind. For this new generation, it migrates to a sleeker fastback design with a sloping roofline to the rear of the car just like a Toyota C-HR or Renault Arkana. Dimensions remain quite similar to the previous version, with no dramatic increases in width, length or height. In fact it’s one of the most compact vehicles of its class. There’s a new front-end with slimmer LED headlights connected by a black strip. Striking ‘tri-claw’ daytime running lights complete the feline look. The grille melts into the bodywork with same colour detail and is identical between the fuel and electric versions. There’s a sporty floating spoiler at the back and new three-claw light signature.

Six colours are available including new Ingaro Blue. There will be two trims – Allure and GT – with 19- to 20-inch wheels available with an aerodynamic, geometric design. GT models are finished with gloss black around the wheel arches and lower sills, and come with a black contrast roof.

The new Peugeot e-3008
The new Peugeot E-3008 is expected in Ireland before the summer

Interior

Inside there’s an evolution of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit concept, now called the ‘panoramic i-Cockpit’. There’s a new compact steering wheel with new controls and paddles to adjust the regenerative braking for the very first time. The curved 21-inch display wraps elegantly above the steering wheel for an ultra-modern look. It seamlessly combines the digital instrument cluster with the touchscreen for media and ventilation controls. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto removes the need for messy cables. There are new customisable ‘i-toggle’ switches beneath the screen in a touch panel, which allow the driver to set shortcuts to their most used functions. There’s also a new connected navigation system with a trip planner to help you plan the best route with charging stops where necessary.

The centre console curves around the driver, giving a cosy, sporty feel. Fabric finishes and ambient lighting enhance the upmarket feel. The seats are comfortable and supportive with fabric, leather-effect and Alcantara finish available. Peugeot aimed for a lounge feel and it’s done a good job delivering that.

Practicality

At 520 litres, the boot volume is the same as before. A split level boot floor creates space to stow away the charging cables. There’s no frunk available. There hasn’t been a massive change in interior accommodation either, but it remains competitive in interior space with a flat floor a gift from the bespoke EV platform. The sloping roofline design doesn’t affect headroom for back seat passengers either.

The cabin of the 2024 Peugeot e-3008
The cabin of the 2024 Peugeot E-3008

Battery

The E-3008 will be available in time with a choice of two battery sizes. The 73kWh standard range (210bhp) offers in the region of up to 525 kilometres, while the 98kWh (230bhp) can increase that to an incredible 700 kilometres. It’s a 400V high-voltage lithium-ion battery, with a chemical composition of nickel, manganese and cobalt.

There’s no battery pre-conditioning and a heat pump is optional.

Driving

The new E-3008 is special because it’s the first model to use the Stellantis Group’s new STLA Medium platform, which in time will underpin other Opel, Citroen, DS, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep models for instance. There will be a choice of two different battery sizes in a single motor, front wheel drive layout, as well as a standard range, dual motor option offering the most power of the range (320bhp). On the road, the E-3008 offers good road-holding ability, staying flat and balanced through corners thanks to its low set battery. The steering feels neat and fluid, with quite a lot of weight to it making it a steady drive on the motorway – though it’s not as light and joyful a drive as the smaller Peugeot E-2008 around town and on twistier roads. On the motorway, it clearly excels in the overall refinement of the vehicle, with a quiet, serene cabin and no annoying wind or road noise. It’s comfortable on the smooth stuff but does thud a bit over imperfections, joints, manhole covers in the road surface, a flaw shared with many an electric car or SUV.

The e-3008 can offer a range of up to 700 km in its top form
The E-3008 can offer a range of up to 700 km in its top form

There are three different driving modes – normal, sport and eco. In the normal mode, not all the power and torque is available and the E-3008 doesn’t feel particularly full of joie de vivre. It’s a more lively drive in the sport mode.

New driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and lane-keeping assist, semi-automatic lane change and early speed recommendation.

A plug-in hybrid will join the range before the end of the year. At launch there will also be a mild hybrid petrol automatic with 136hp, which may be a good alternative if you do not want to go full electric at this time.

Charging

An 11kW charger comes as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 22kW for faster AC charging. DC fast charging is possible up to 160kW, charging the battery from 20% to 80% in 30 minutes for the standard range version. Vehicle to load charging also appears for the very first time in a Peugeot electric vehicle.

Rear seating in the new Peugeot e-3008
Rear seating in the new Peugeot E-3008

Pricing

It’s yet to be confirmed how much the new E-3008 will cost you though Peugeot Ireland says it will be competitive.

Verdict

Peugeot is well on its way to becoming a fully electric car brand by 2030. The lion brand has been electrifying its range since about 2020 with the arrival of models like the excellent E-208 and E-2008. New arrivals include the E-308 and there’s more on the way like the E-408 and the E-5008 – the electric version of Peugeot’s highly successful seven seater.

The Peugeot 3008 has been an incredible success to date for the French car brand in its petrol, diesel and hybrid forms. The new one marks the start of a new era for the brand’s mid-size SUV – both in design and powertrain. While looks are subjective, the new E-3008 is certainly a looker and takes on the fashionable style of a more coupé-like SUV without compromising practicality.

Inside it is beautifully finished and certainly sits at the upper end of the class for outright quality and a posh feel. These are factors that will endear it to traditional Peugeot buyers. The price of the electric may be yes palatable – that is yet to be confirmed – but the petrol option may offer a more appealing bridge to this new model. We just have to wait and see.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The new Peugeot e-3008 offers upmarket style and excellent refinement
The new Peugeot E-3008 offers upmarket style and excellent refinement