Peugeot 3008 Gets U.S. Review; Could It Make It To The Home Of The Brave?

The U.S. is most definitely not short of small and compact crossovers. In fact, these cars are single-handedly tearing the saloon segment apart, as more and more people seem to prefer purchasing say a Ford Escape over a Fusion.

But that’s how things are now, which could mean that crossovers such as the Peugeot 3008 might find a lot of interested buyers should the French automaker go ahead with their plans to re-enter the U.S. market.

Now, while the 3008 isn’t for sale in the United States, it’s available in Mexico, which is where this particular model came from before ending up in the hands of Doug DeMuro.

Despite admitting that he doesn’t get to drive many small/compact crossovers, DeMuro was quite taken with the 3008, especially its interior which he found very pleasing aesthetically and of a surprisingly high quality, compared to similar models available to U.S. buyers.

He also enjoyed the seating position, the on-board tech and many of the car’s quirks, such as the surprisingly small steering wheel that does take some getting used to, no matter where you’re from. As for what it was like in traffic, the reviewer praised the 3008 for being quiet, comfortable and decent enough in a straight line, for this type of vehicle.

In the end, the 3008 was, like all cars reviewed by DeMuro, awarded a “DougScore” – but for more, you’ll have to watch the video that follows.

 

  • THE COPPER PART LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE BLACK.

    • Jens

      You can have it in all copper if you want tho.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Ah, Doug DeCritique!

    Let me guess – the car got a 0 for acceleration in the Doug Score, right?

    Doug‘s reviews are a mixture of entertainment and frustration.

    • ace_9

      Acceleration is scored according to the exact table. He does not just make it up. Other scores are also not based just on his opinion and are usually very objective. I wonder how people like you can constantly complain about scoring and not even bother to find out how and why he is doing the scoring itself… He usually reviews mostly sports cars or luxury cars, so the Doug score is adjusted to reflect differences between such cars. And yes, anything above 8s 0-100 km/h is going to get 0 acceleration points, because otherwise the scoring resolution would not be good enough for the cars that he usually reviews, because all of them would be either getting 10, or 3s and 5s cars would get the same score. I hope you understand that.

      • Christian Wimmer

        The Peugeot 3008 is not as sports car. A lot of these types of European cars take 9/10+ seconds to reach 100 km/h and it‘s really not a big deal to buyers. If it were then they‘d shop somewhere else for something similar but faster.

        What‘s the point of giving acceleration a score? I‘ve seen Doug give fast cars low points for acceleration – even cars in the 5 to 6 second 0-62 mph range. Essentially what gets a 10/10 are cars that literally do 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds or lower. This is stupid.

        What‘s also stupid is rating older cars based on modern technology standard. „The 1960 Ferrari / 1956 BMW Isetta / 1965 Trabant bla bla gets 0 points for features bla bla bla…“ He completely misses the point of those cars. I‘ve always found his Doug Score questionable and stupid.

        Like I said, his reviews are entertaining but also frustrating, especially when he starts ranking older cars based on current technology trends. Boy, those 1960 Ferrari owners must have been so depressed since they had no Sat-Nav touchscreen Bluetooth HD Plasma screens in their rides…

    • ace_9

      Additionally, I was quite surprised to find out that the 3008 acceleration really is rather bad. Most of the engines are well above 10 seconds. In real life, it would be 11 to 12s. Even the most powerful 121 kw gas engine or 133 kw diesel (only in quite expensive GT version) is providing an acceleration of 8.9 s. Which is just ok. So there is really nothing justifying higher acceleration score than 0.

    • gbmike25

      Exactly, as a Brit in the US, thought this may be interesting, first time I’ve watched him in months, the guy’s still a tool. He raves on about the styling, the quality, etc, etc, then gives it a shit score because his score ratings include Lambos, Ferraris and so on??!! WTF. Score like for like….dumbass. I wont bother watching again.

      • Christian Wimmer

        Exactly my thinking. 🙂

        • ace_9

          You still did not even answer what scoring system would you use for acceleration alone, but you keep continue ranting like everybody else who never really created anything elegant.

          • Christian Wimmer

            Ace9,

            Sorry for the late reply, something came up and I had to leave. When I tried replying to your post it wouldn’t let me claiming your “post has been removed”, weird.

            Anyway, I wouldn’t score acceleration because to me it’s both irrelevant and subjective. Some people are fine with cars that do 0-100 km/h in 10 seconds+. I’ve been driving a 9 second 0-100 km/h car for 11 years and what I care more about is midrange acceleration, and my car performs more than sufficiently here. I can’t remember the last time 0-100 km/h was relevant for me.

          • ace_9

            I understand your point and I also have a car with similar performance. But even in normal cars, it is difficult to measure and rate the overall acceleration. And it is quite important factor in a car. If I would be reviewing high-end cars, I cannot imagine measuring several types of mid-range acceleration and rating the car according to this. It would also lead to the similar results as rating just the 0-100 km/h acceleration. Normal cars would still be rated poorly compared to supercars. But it cannot just be omitted. It is an important aspect of a fast car and even if for example the difference between 3.5 s and 4.0 s does not seem to be very big, the difference is in fact quite significant and it is very obvious in a drag race. So, it is not possible to have just a crude rating 1 – 10, where 10 points would be given to anything below let’s say 6 seconds. There would be no differences then…

          • Christian Wimmer

            I still feel that rating acceleration is silly. Acceleration figures can be described as subjective. People have different opinions and requirements. One of my friends has a Dacia Sandero, and I can say with great certainty that performance and acceleration were the last things on his mind. 🙂

            Anyway, for me I would differentiate between slow, sufficient, quick and fast. Perhaps that would be a more logical way to rate cars instead of a score. For me a SLOW car takes over 11 seconds to reach 100 km/h, a SUFFICIENT car would be around 8 to 10 seconds. A QUICK car is 5 to 7.5 seconds and a FAST car is anything under 5 seconds. This is just a rough proposal on my part. I would also factor in the type of vehicle to be as fair as possible. A generic minivan with a SUFFICIENT acceleration time sounds decent to me. A hot hatch that‘s either QUICK or FAST sounds good to me. Hope you get my drift. 🙂

      • ace_9

        So, what do you propose? If you have a better idea how to rate all cars, please give us an example. What score would Chiron have compared to this peugeot? It would have to be close right? They are both good cars. So Chiron would get 87/100 and 3008 let’s say 81?

        • gbmike25

          Chiron is ugly as shit so I dunno, -10?

          No, pls read…like for like. That means crossover class = 3008 = as he suggests vs a Honda vs a Tucson, etc and NOT vs a Chiron…wait unless you think they are in the same class…maybe that recent Lego version?

          • ace_9

            Yes, Doug could do it this way, but then he would have to have many scoring systems for each car category. He mostly reviews sports cars and luxury cars, but also old supercars, old sportscars, old luxury cars, old offroaders, old budget cars, weird cars, etc. and I did not even mention new cars categories ranging from luxury SUVs through fast estates to hypercars, there are so many categories, that it is not reasonable for him to have a scoring system for each one of them. His scoring actually gives points in many aspects even to standard cars, for example the practicality, features and value points are quite high even for common cars, and sportscars usually don’t have high practicallity and features score. He is focused on certain types of cars and the rating system is biased this way, but the overall scores are still reflecting the cars generally quite well and there is no need for multiple specific rating systems. If he would start making a standard reviews of everyday boring cars, then sure, he would need to create at least two more rating systems, but he is not competing with for example carwow.

          • gbmike25

            Each to their own, still don’t agree. Enjoy his vids then. I won’t be.

  • SkyBill40

    A Peugeot back in the US? Nah. I don’t see that happening seeing that every previous model of that brand hasn’t fared well and has a less than favorable reputation as I recall it. Could that be changed? Sure. With this car? Doubtful.

    Bring on the Megane, however. I’d be all over that one.

    • Grand

      Megane = Renault ≠ Peugeot

      • SkyBill40

        Oh, right. My bad.

        • Krisnadi Imam

          i wouldnt touch anything nissan, renault, dacia stuff with a metre long stick tho… if u want french, stay with citroen or peugeot. spoken from experience.

    • dufonrafal .

      Nobody remember them…

      One of PSA brand will be back in the US in the early 20’s

      • SkyBill40

        I suppose we’ll see. I still don’t expect to see them; then again, many thought that both FIAT and Alfa Romeo would stay away from the US market as well given their poor reputations and quality. Time and technology have changed their vehicles and perhaps their reputations.

  • kachuks

    I was waiting for him to use the limit function to see if it read kilos or mph.

    • Ilbirs

      For what I saw on the video, you can switch between km/h and mph, as the panel was showing mph for the speedometer and miles for the odometer. As the Mexican owner of this 3008 goes regularly to U.S., I guess he switches from metric to imperial when waiting for his turn on the border control. This means that speed related functions read the signs in mph when you adjust the measurements. But, for sure, all of us were curious to see how this thing works in U.S. despite knowing that this car is set to work well on UK after passing the Channel Tunnel.

  • Harry_Wild

    Very exotic compact crossover!

  • Marty

    What? The Europeans can make decent cars?

  • TrevP

    I’ve always liked Peugeot and I wish I could buy one here in the US

  • It would come to the American market for some years!
    But is available in Mexico, too.

  • ace_9

    And how high score would you expect between ferraris, lamborghinis, porsches, bentleys, aston martins, etc.? You clearly don’t understand Doug’s scoring system. He IS NOT reviewing cars like so many other do. He is focused on certain types of cars and his scoring system is designed for these cars. People like you, expecting some stupid common peugeot competing in score points with BMW 7, just don’t understand what his videos are about. And I bet you did not even bother to find out more about the scoring system, which is very well described on his pages.

  • Stephen G

    Looks like it could be Hyundai or KIA. Dashboard is just awful.

  • Matthew Daraei

    CS loves his big hooked nose!

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