A Peugeot has that extra bit of flair and with the latest Peugeot 3008 model you get a bit of an off-road stance to go with it. Positioned higher than your average sedan or wagon, driving the 3008 is performed with a commanding view of the road ahead. ANCAP safety results have given the Peugeot 3008 the full five out of five, so rest assured all the safety boxes have been ticked.
The overall dimensions are not that much smaller than a Peugeot 4008, so the vehicle is comfortable and roomy. An iPod function is optional, where as six airbags is not. Traction control, air-conditiong, alloys, and satellite navigation come as standard. You might like the leather seats – they are stunning and go very nicely with the rest of the Smart interior trim and design. A sunroof is standard on some of the models, too. All other regular electrical luxury options are found onboard.
Two engines are available in Australia. One is the grunty 2.0 HDi unit. An excellent performer, and with their ingenious FAP particulate filter diesel particle, emissions are very low. The 2.0 HDi is available exclusively with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic. You can also opt for the gutsy 1.6-litre Turbo (petrol) model that puts out 115 kW of power and 240 Nm of turbo torque.
A very handsome five-door vehicle, the new Peugeot 3008 is proving to be a big hit in Europe. And now that you can get your mitts on it in Australia, I’m sure we’re going to see a number of Aussies becoming impressed with the car’s complete package.
It is debateable as to what you would actually call the Peugeot 3008, hence the popular term “crossover” used by many reviewers (and even Peugeot UK’s website) to describe it. Visually, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Peugeot 3008 is just an ordinary five-door hatchback. But if you take a closer look, you’ll discover that it’s got an SUV and an MPV in its makeup as well. The second row of rear seats is something of a giveaway. However, while describing exactly what it is can be a difficulty, describing what the Peugeot 3008 looks like isn’t difficult. It’s a soft-roader, however.
The highrise wagon styling has chunky styling with vibrant curves in the roofline and around the tail-lights. A big aggressive front grille proudly sports Peugeot’s lion logo. Body-coloured bumpers retain a uniform appeal to the overall sophisticated, modern design. The windscreen is as generously proportioned, just like the grille (i.e. large and wide), and a glass roof is featured – increasing interior lighting and visibility even further.
There are a number of engine and versions to mix and match from, and each Peugeot 3008 feels restful to drive. It’s also very well equipped with goodies to make your trip a delight. Two Peugeot 3008 models are available. The Peugeot 3008 XSE provides the base level, while the 3008 XTE adds one or two more things like: head up display, electric folding door mirrors, electrochrome rear view mirror, electronic parking assistance (optional), rear seat sun blinds, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front footwell lighting, extra storage compartments in the rear, exterior chrome detailing and a welcome aboard lighting.
Engine performance feels perfectly matched to what is a dynamic vehicle. The front-wheel-drive chassis is well sorted and copes with rough road surfaces very well.
Cloth trim seats are well contoured and pleasing to the touch. Leather is an optional extra which creates a stunning appeal to the modern cabin design.
The Peugeot 3008 has been put through its paces and earned the full five stars in the EuroNCAP safety tests – cars are rated according to their class, so it would be interesting to know whether the Peugeot 3008 was tested as a large hatchback, an MPV or as an SUV. One of the active safety features that won the Peugeot 3008 this rating was the innovative Grip Control, which allows the driver to select the amount of control needed for the surface being driven on. Safety features are aplenty. Heads-up information display and Dynamic Roll Control, an ESP system, airbags galore and Isofix child seat fittings.
Clearly, whatever you want to call it, the Peugeot 3008 is designed to be a practical family car that can take lots of people lots of places in safety.
The current model series includes the:
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