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Peugeot 3008 Colour Guide: Which Should You Choose?

Here’s a detailed look at the paint palette available on the Peugeot 3008 5-seater crossover-SUV, which we hope will help you choose your perfect new car colour.

There are 7 main paint options for the 3008, comprising 4 metallic shades and 3 pearlescent finishes. We also outline the various interior upholsteries that go with these external hues.

Paint Types

Solid = a simple body colour with no additives in the paint. Usually comprises 3 coats, these being a primer, then the paint, then a clear, protective lacquer. Solid paints aren’t particularly shiny and are normally the only standard/no-cost colours offered by manufacturers.

Metallic = same application process as above but the paint now has powdered metal mixed into it, which reflects more light to give the car a shinier appearance. Metallic finishes usually cost more than solid paints.

Pearlescent/Mica = as above, only instead of metal, ceramic crystals (known as ‘mica’) are added to the paint. These not only reflect light but refract it too, giving one colour different appearances in different levels of light. They’re normally as expensive as or pricier than metallic paints.

Matte = uses special ‘flattening’ agents in the paint/layering make-up to give the car a non-reflective appearance, and sometimes an unusual texture too. These are normally the most expensive and rarest of paint options, and are not offered on many new car models.

Exterior

Celebes Blue

Type: Metallic

Cost: No cost (standard colour)

Available On: All trim levels

Celebes Blue Front

Generous of Peugeot to offer a metallic as the standard paint for a 3008, when so many manufacturers kick off with a flat, dull solid colour. Celebes Blue is not a bad freebie either, being a muted shade that will both hide dirt reasonably well, and also look expensive when clean and sitting in bright sunshine.

Nimbus Grey

Type: Metallic

Cost: £575

Available On: All trim levels

Nimbus Grey Front

What people might refer to in the vernacular as your classic ‘gunmetal’ grey. A darker shade that sets off the lines of the 3008 well, although it won’t ever truly ‘pop’ in sunlight, despite its metallic status.

Cumulus Grey

Cumulus Grey Front

Type: Metallic

Cost: £575

Available On: All trim levels

Lighter than Nimbus and verging on being more of a silver. Will team up well with the extended black detailing on high-spec GT and GT Premium models, while Cumulus should also be the best shade to hide the accumulated grime of driving on the UK’s roads in the depths of winter.

Nera Black

Type: Metallic

Cost: £575

Available On: All trim levels

Nera Black Front

Black cars always look awesome… when they’re clean. The 3008 is no exception and Nera is a classy hue, although it doesn’t match the Black Diamond that Peugeot offers as the contrast roof finish on certain models. Black cars do not hide dirt well, however, despite what you might think.

Ultimate Red

Type: Pearlescent

Cost: £725

Available On: All trim levels

First of the truly bright colours offered and the first pearlescent shade from Peugeot, all of which are £150 more expensive than the optional metallics. Ultimate Red really shows off the 3008’s concept-car-esque lines and works well as a monotone finish or as a 2-tone combination.

Ultimate Red Front

Pearlescent White

Type: Pearlescent

Cost: £725

Available On: All trim levels

Pearlescent White Front

A rich, creamier off-white that looks luxurious, rather than cheap and bog-basic like a flat-finish white would. Pearlescent does what it says on the tin, as it contains mica in its make-up, and the Peugeot is cool enough to pull this colour off – although it won’t hide muck well, no matter what the time of year.

Vertigo Blue

Type: Pearlescent

Cost: £725

Available On: All trim levels

Vertigo Blue Front

Really bright, vibrant blue that’s almost the same shade as the left-hand third of France’s tricolore national flag. Along with Ultimate, this is one of the standout colours in the 3008 range, set against an otherwise-monochrome palette of choices.

Additional Information – From GT specification, the Peugeot 3008 gains a Black Diamond roof and door mirrors as standard, giving a 2-tone paint effect on all the colours listed (although it’s less noticeable against Nera Black).

Interior

Mistral ‘Meco’ Cloth

Type: Cloth

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: Active Premium

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

A patternwork of blacks and charcoal greys, this is the only interior upholstery you can have on base-spec Active Premium cars. Not a bad standard fabric, as things go.

Mistral Leather Effect With ‘Colyn’ Cloth

Type: Synthetic Leather And Cloth

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: Allure, Allure Premium

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes.

The ‘Colyn’ part of the fabric has a herringbone effect, which lifts the ambience, while the ‘leather’ is actually a man-made replica of cow hide. That should please the vegans. This is the standard interior on the more upmarket Allure and Allure Premium 3008s.

Mistral Leather Effect With Mistral Alcantara

Type: Synthetic Leather And Alcantara

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: GT, GT Premium (Petrol/Diesel Models) 

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

Step up from the Allure Premium to the GT and while the Mistral synthetic leather is retained, the Colyn cloth is replaced by Mistral Alcantara fabric. Alcantara is a tradename for a suede-like microfibre and it’s a desirable finish in modern cars. Bear in mind any crumbs of food you get on Alcantara almost immediately disintegrate into the fabric and are next to impossible to remove. We speak from bitter experience, here…

Mistral Leather Effect With Greval Alcantara

Type: Synthetic Leather And Alcantara

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: GT, GT Premium (Hybrid Models)

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

Treat yourself to a Hybrid drivetrain on the top-grade GT and GT Premium cars, and while it’s still a synthetic-leather-and-Alcantara mix as on the petrol and diesel versions, the Alcantara switches to a light-grey shade called Greval. This is instead of the darker Mistral across both materials.

Nappa Mistral Leather (Black)

Type: Leather

Cost: £1300 Option (Allure, Allure Premium), £1600 Option (GT), £1000 Option (GT Premium)

Available On: Allure, Allure Premium, GT, GT Premium

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

If you’re not a vegan and you do want ‘proper’ leather in your 3008, a Nappa Mistral black hide is an option on every 3008 bar the base Active Premium cars. It costs the most money to upgrade to it on the GT version, weirdly enough, and is at its least expensive on the GT Premium.

Nappa Red Leather

Type: Leather

Cost: £1900 Option (GT), £1300 Option (GT Premium)

Available On: GT, GT Premium

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

For the GT and GT Premium models only, you can alternatively have snazzy red leather instead of the black. Again, it’s more money on the GT than it is on the GT Premium, and it’s also more money than the black leather option. Peugeot will offer you Nappa Red leather with all the available exterior body hues – raising the intriguing possibility of a Vertigo Blue 3008 GT Premium with a Nappa Red interior. Bold.

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