It was in 2012 that I started this job of “hunting” cars. But the embryo of this type of service was automotive consultancy. I received a lot of doubts about which car was better, and I realized that it could help in making these people’s decisions.
It is not an easy job, as it is necessary to carefully analyze the needs and profile of each one in order to indicate the most appropriate model. What is good for one may not be for the other.
Even more difficult is to keep up with the constant changes in the automotive market to make fair comparisons. For this, it is necessary to live daily with the most diverse models of cars, from new to used.
Anyway, it is almost impossible to reach a consensus, especially with similar cars. To make it clearer, I will exemplify with one of the questions that most ask me: “Corolla or Civic?” Can anyone say that one is much better than the other?
Challenging are even more unusual situations, with very different models like Peugeots 208 and 3008. Can you compare models so different? I think so, and it is exactly this exercise of reasoning that I am going to do in this column.
The idea came up last week, when I went to evaluate a Peugeot 3008 model 2019 in the city of Franca, interior of São Paulo. On that occasion, I closed a deal and brought the car back to the capital. The long drive was enough to delight me with the car in every way.
In that, I remembered the most recent launch of Peugeot, the 208, which arrived with prices between R $ 75 thousand and R $ 95 thousand in the versions with flex engine. I thought to myself: is it worth taking this launch home or investing a little more and buying a used 3008? Let’s get to the points:
For this comparison, I will consider the prices of the Peugeot 3008 between 2016 and 2018, so that we are not so far from the prices of the new 208.
In 2016, the last year of the first generation 3008, prices are in the range of R $ 60 thousand, therefore R $ 15 thousand cheaper than the Active version, the simplest of the 208. The 3008 models 17 and 18, of the new and current generation, are in the range of R $ 115 thousand, or R $ 20 thousand more expensive than the Griffe version, the most complete of the 208.
If the reader paid attention, we have a huge difference of R $ 55 thousand in the generation change of the 3008. The new Peugeot 208 is exactly among them, and this is where this comparison is no longer as unusual as it seemed to be.
While the 3008 has always been equipped with the modern 1.6 turbo engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, the new 208 continues with the old aspirated 1.6 engine, but also with 6-speed automatic transmission.
The efficiency of both is quite different. The 3008 is very strong in any situation and can use very little fuel when driven in a moderate way. The 208 already runs well with its old engine, but it is much more limited in some situations, in addition to being far from being the most economical in its category. Therefore, in the mechanical assembly, the 3008 is arguably superior.
The new 208 now has stability and traction controls in all versions, in addition to the side airbags. However, curtain airbags are only available in the two most expensive versions, Allure and Griffe.
All of these items have always been offered as standard equipment on all versions of the 3008 since its launch. In addition, it has disc brakes at the rear, something the 208 has lost in this generation, at least for now.
Peugeots are good cars to be driven. I like the driving position, the suspension setting, and the pedal and steering wheel responses. Although I haven’t driven the new 208 yet, I have no doubt that the car is good to drive.
In this comparison, only a stronger engine is needed to keep up with the 3008, which once again leads the way in this comparison.
Maintenance and insurance cost
It is not necessary to do much research to conclude that the maintenance of the 3008, regardless of the year, is more expensive than the 208. If on the one hand the mechanics are more modern, it is good for the owner to prepare the pocket when there is a mechanical problem.
This is understood for the whole car, which uses larger tires and brakes, in addition to more robust suspension parts, sized for the greater weight of the car. In this respect, the mechanical simplicity of the 208 is much more friendly to the driver’s pocket.
This is also the case with insurance costs, where 208 was more advantageous. I made quotes with my profile and the small hatch fluctuated between R $ 1,955 and R $ 3,265 in the Active version, and between R $ 2,426 and R $ 3,881 in the Griffe version.
In the case of the 3008, insurance is not so expensive in the 2016 model, since the price ranged between R $ 2,455 and R $ 3,979, that is, practically the same as the most expensive version of the new 208. However, the price of the 3008 model 2018 fluctuated between R $ 5,424 and R $ 7,760 reais, values that can certainly cause the potential buyer to decline the model.
The financial drain that the owners of 3008 have taken in recent years makes it clear that this is a weakness of the car. Perhaps the second generation, with a size closer to an SUV and a futuristic look, will be able to hold the price more – but that is not what happened with the first generation. Frankly, I can’t see the difference of R $ 55 thousand between a 3008 2016 and another 2017 or 2018. It’s practically twice the price!
In the case of the Peugeot 208, the model is already established in Brazil. Sales share is low, but its reputation is high. The fact that it is made in Argentina, has a simpler design mechanics, and can be fed with alcohol or gasoline. Therefore, you will certainly be able to hold your price more over the years.
Lover of the used car market that I am, especially in situations where I can make a category leap by spending the same or even less than a zero-kilometer model, I would not think twice about taking a 3008 2016 model home – the winner of this comparison in my modest opinion.
It delivers almost the same as a newer 3008 and much more than any 208. If the cost of maintenance can be frightening, the R $ 15,000 in savings compared to the simplest of the 208 will be there to cover this eventual leak. About devaluation, I wouldn’t worry so much, because I’m the type that I spend a lot of time with the car. And insurance, as I showed, is very close to 208.
However, I know that I am not the owner of reason, nor do I have the same needs as everyone else. I would like the reader to evaluate the points mentioned and leave in the comments which of these models would put in the garage.