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First Drive: Peugeot 3008

Friday 21 October 2016

First Drive: Peugeot 3008
Summary

The Peugeot 3008 comes as the first of five new SUVs to be launched globally by the French brand, marking the start of the company’s new “SUV offensive” that started at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The 3008 has been vigorously updated, and as such doesn’t share much with the car it replaces. That’s no bad thing – the new car looks all the better for it.

As well as exterior changes, Peugeot is keen to empahise its latest addition – the new i-Cockpit. This attempts to combine ergonomics and infotainment, providing drivers with an interior that is full of technology, but comfortable too. This setup has featured on recent Peugeot cars – and on the 3008 it’s a welcome change.

The 3008 comes with the choice of three petrol and five diesel engines. All offer excellent fuel economy, as well as impressively low emissions figures. Peugeot claim that all of these engines give best-in-class efficiency returns.

Four trim levels are available on the 3008: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. However, Allure will feature as the base-level trim here in the UK. Even this features good levels of standard equipment, including parking sensors, satellite navigation and a reversing camera. 

Looks & Image

Peugeot’s designers have certainly worked hard to make the 3008 look every inch the premium SUV, and it would appear that they’ve succeeded. We tested a GT specification car, which was fitted with standard options such as aluminium roof bars, 19-inch alloys and plenty of chrome which helped the 3008 really stand out from the crowd. It certainly wouldn’t be out of the question to put the 3008 in a list of the best-looking SUVs currently available on the market today.

The car’s exterior isn’t the only good-looking area. Inside, it’s a rather luxurious place to be with leather-upholstered seats and wood panelling on the dashboard. Chrome accents around the switch gear and centre console help lift the cabin too. 

Space & Practicality

There’s a huge amount of space in the 3008 for both front and rear passengers. Five seats enable it to easily transport a family, while a 591-litre boot is more than enough room for everything they could hope to bring with them.

The boot floor can even be adjusted depending on storage requirements, which adds a degree of flexibility too. 

A neat touch is the quick release lever, located in the boot. When pulled, this folds the rear seats flat, levelling out the load bay and increasing its capacity to an impressive 1,670 litres. Not only that, but there’s all manner of cubbies and storage areas dotted throughout the car, meaning that there’s always somewhere to store an item should you need to.

Behind the Wheel

Despite being a larger car, the 3008 does remarkably well through the corners, even at higher speeds. The suspension has been firmed up, which limits body roll – though it isn’t too stiffly sprung to cause any jolts to enter the cabin.

Peugeot’s i-Cockpit system does mean that a smaller steering wheel is featured in the cabin, similar to that seen in the 208 and 308 hatchbacks. It takes a little getting used to – there’s no doubt about that – but once you’re accustomed, it helps make piloting the car a little easier. The steering is certainly light, but because of a good amount of feedback it gives the impression of a slightly smaller car around you, rather than a SUV.

With regards to engines, the 2.0-litre unit that featured in our test car provided as much refinement and response as you could hope for. It has more than enough punch for safe and swift overtaking, while the six-speed automatic gearbox it’s paired with isn’t too bad – though can be hesitant to shift at times. 

The 3008’s refinement is especially noticeable at motorway speeds, with road and wind noise kept to an absolute minimum. 

Value for Money

Although Peugeot hasn’t yet disclosed prices for the new 3008, the inclusion of the Allure trim level as the base specification means that cars should provide excellent value for money. There’s a good amount of standard equipment included with the Allure trim, which should make the base car an attractive proposition for buyers. 

 

Who would buy one ?

Thanks to its good looks, excellent levels of standard equipment and compelling drive, the 3008 is weighing into the C-Segment SUV market on a good basing. Anyone who may be in the market for a Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan or other mid-sized crossover will surely consider the 3008, and await its arrival in the November.

 

Facts at a Glance

Model: Peugeot 3008 GT
Engine: 2.0-litre 180 BlueHDi
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Performance: 0-62mph, 8.9 secs. Top speed, 131mph
Economy: 58.9mpg
Emissions: 124g/km CO2

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