PEUGEOT 3008 SUV (First Impression)

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Once in a long while, along comes a car that makes you go “WOW”. The all-new Peugeot 3008 is one of the most Advanced SUV’s in Australia. You may ask what the big deal is. Well, for starters, it is the current holder of European Car of the Year Award. The new 3008 SUV is ultra-contemporary in its styling with imaginative contours on a sleek silhouette that might give a Range Rover Evoque an inferiority complex, and that’s just the exterior. Climb inside and you are treated to a tour de force of design excellence.


At just 4,450mm in length, Peugeot’s all-new 3008 SUV is one of the most compact models in its segment, yet it provides greater passenger and luggage space than the outgoing model. With longer wheelbase (2,675mm) and overall length just 80mm longer, interior space has greatly improved, and most notably for rear occupants. Front elbowroom has also increased, despite the width of the new model being identical to the outgoing version at 1,840mm and height being 19mm lower at 1,620mm (including the roof bars).

Luggage space is increased, with capacity of 520-litres (under the luggage cover), almost 90 more than the previous model, and like the previous model it has versatility. You can remove the luggage cover and fold the second row of seats flat for total luggage capacity of 1,580-litres, among the largest and most versatile load capacities in the segment. The front passenger seat can fold flat giving three metres for long loads.

The folding bench seat has 2/3-1/3 split-folding “Magic Flat” to optimise with a flat floor. The very adaptable moving boot floor initiated on the original 3008 has evolved, with two positions for optimisation of boot space. The removable side-panels can also be affixed to the side boot trim. Clever functionality is further completed with a hands-free opening tailgate.

Despite the improvements in passenger and luggage capacities, the new 3008 has average weight loss of 100kg over the previous model, achieved though intelligent design and use of materials to provide improved efficiency, better fuel economy, increased performance, a more dynamic driving experience and class-leading safety.

Very High Strength and Ultra High Strength Steel have been used in the vehicle’s construction, with thermoplastic boot floor and tailgate, along with aluminium wings, front-suspension arms and rear seat frames. More refined engines also allow for a reduction in sound-deadening materials.

The new model comes standard with the latest-generation “Peugeot i-Cockpit”, which includes advanced visual, audio, touch and fragrance sensory engagement for driver and passengers. Pressing a dedicated key next to the toggle buttons further enhances this driving experience with i-Cockpit Amplify. There is an 8'' central info/media touch control screen and 12.3'' highly configurable digital instrument panel screen behind the steering wheel.

The new 3008 responds to the need for assurance whilst driving; navigate confidently with 3D connection (shows buildings and contours) and drive more safely thanks to facilities like adaptive cruise control with distance maintaining (distant, normal and close), active Safety Brake and Distance Alert, (Active) Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Active Blind-spot Monitoring, Visiopark 1 and 2, Park Assist (which steers into parallel or perpendicular spots for you), and speed limit sign recognition. There is Advanced Grip Control, with traction settings for Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand, or ESP Off.

The digital instrument gauges are eye-catching, with roulette-style tachometer that does not resemble anything produced by anyone else in the industry. Then you have very interesting multi-layer, dual-material fascia. Another striking feature is the steering wheel. With flat top (giving better instrument visibility) and bottom (helps leg access) it looks sporty and futuristic. Fully electric versus the previous electrohydraulic model, it works beautifully, with the smoothest and most linear steering I have experienced. It is pretty tight and quick, contributing to a high level of driveability.

There are four specification levels: Active, Allure, Gt line and GT, with even the base level impressively stocked with features. The first three have 1.6 Litre turbo-petrol engine, whilst the GT gets a two Litre turbo-diesel, all with six speed auto transmission and front wheel drive.

As a family vehicle, the all-new Peugeot 3008 has much to offer, with ample space for five occupants and sizeable boot space. Seats are well-bolstered, doors well-hinged and close with a reassuring thud, noise insulation is excellent, hi-fi system and cabin acoustics are beyond reproach and the climate control is more than adequate.

Overall, the new 3008 exceeds expectations. The fit and finish of this made in France marvel easily match what you find in any luxury model. Well done….. PEUGEOT.
  • Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol / 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder diesel
  • Output: 121kW/240Nm (Petrol) / 133kW/400Nm (Diesel)
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Fuel tank: 53 litres
  • $39.990 drive-away (an introductory offer) - $54,200 drive-away
  • 3 years/100,000 km