Peugeot seems to win the luggage loading contest with the 3008 boasting a boot space of 520 liters, while the Arkana's boot space varies between 480 to 513 liters depending on the engine, with the E-TECH Full Hybrid 145 Techno (automatic) at the lower end and the Mild Hybrid 140 Evolution EDC on the upper end. Fold the rear seats, and the 3008's cavernous maximum of 1480 liters stands unchallenged next to the Arkana's 1296 liters, giving the Peugeot an advantage for those who need to haul more cargo. Both vehicles accommodate five passengers and are equipped with Isofix as standard, illustrating a commitment to both comfort and safety.
The engineering under the hood tells an interesting tale; the Renault Arkana has engines that range from 6 to 7 gears, while the Peugeot 3008's span from 1 to 6 with the e-3008 210 Allure having just a single, electrically-varied transmission and the 1.2 Hybrid 136 Allure e-DSC6 having six. The Arkana houses a 4-cylinder engine setup, one more than the 3008, which could suggest a smoother ride with potentially better power distribution. Both vehicles offer a breadth of power, with the 3008's engines ranging between 100 and 157 kW, edging past Arkana's 103 to 116 kW power range. The torque too follows suit; 3008's pulling power spans from 230 to 345 Nm, while Arkana's more modest range rests between 260 to 270 Nm. In the race from 0 to 100 km/h, the electric allure of the 3008 achieves it in just 8.8 seconds, whereas the quickest Arkana lags slightly with a minimum of 9.1 seconds.
The dueling SUVs show their dedication to efficiency, but with a twist. Peugeot's 3008 has a larger tank of 55 liters over the Arkana's 50 liters, allowing for longer stints between refueling. When it comes to consumption, the Arkana is slightly thirstier with 5.8 l/100km, while the 3008 achieves a commendable 5.5 l/100km. The Peugeot also tends to be more eco-friendly with its CO2 emissions rated at 124.0 g/km, undercut by the Arkana's engine lineup which varies from 105.0 to 131.0 g/km. Both vehicles feature distinct tire sizes, with the 3008 sporting 225/55R19 compared to Arkana's slightly smaller 215/60R17 tires. Acoustically, the vehicles are evenly matched within the 65 to 67 dB noise level range, offering a pleasantly muted driving experience.
The scales tell an intriguing story: the Peugeot 3008 has a weight range spanning from 1648 to 2183 kg, with its heftiest incarnation being the electric variant, whereas the Arkana ranges from a lighter 1411 to 1510 kg. The 3008 is prepared to be laden with more, with permissible total weights between 2080 to 2640 kg, outmatching the Arkana's 1876 to 1961 kg. Towing capacities also lean in favor of the 3008, capable of tugging braked trailers between 1200 to 1250 kg. In contrast, the Arkana can manage between 760 to 900 kg, showing a notable discrepancy in towing prowess. When unbraked, the 3008 once again trumps with 750 kg against the Arkana's 705 to 750 kg. For those who prefer to carry their loads aloft, the Arkana allows for up to 80 kg on the roof whereas, interestingly, the 3008 does not specify a max roof load. However, for towbar loads, the Peugeot clings onto its lead with 80 kg over the Arkana's 75 kg
The off-road capabilities are more decided in the favor of the Peugeot 3008, with a departure angle of 25.70 degrees trumping the Arkana. Approach angles are also dominated by the 3008 with 18.70 degrees, suggesting that the Peugeot could be more capable when the tarmac ends and the adventure begins.
For the eco-conscious, the Peugeot 3008's prowess in electric range is notable, with 524 km (WLTP) on a single charge, a figure the Arkana's traditional setup cannot challenge. Moreover, a significant usable battery capacity of 73.0 kWh in the 3008 provides a clear assertion of Peugeot's commitment to electric mobility. Though the Arkana does hold a token presence in this space, with a total battery capacity of 1.3 kWh, it's the added battery weight of 38.0 kg in the Arkana that might interest some looking for lighter electric augmentations.