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The practical side to an impressive lion - The Peugeot 3008

16.05.2014

THERE’S something far less pretentious about a crossover vehicle as opposed to a regular SUV. An SUV promises a certain level of off-road prowess whereas a crossover is pitched as a lifestyle vehicle more suited to the concrete jungle with off-road driving borne more out of necessity than choice.

The Peugeot 3008 has been one of the best examples of a crossover for some time now and has recently received an upgrade. The first noticeable improvements are the styling updates, more in line with the latest Peugeot design direction. 

The front end has a new grille, which takes away the gaping mouth impression from its predecessor and adds headlights similar to those on the 208 and 508 sedan. The rear end has a darker tint on the tail lamps as well as a repositioned lion badge making it a far more appealing design. The previous model looks slightly bloated compared to the upgraded version.

The interior of the 3008 has always been splendid with its large centre console separating the driver and passenger quarters, which provides a cocoon effect. The cabin can be made to feel even more spacious by removing the blind, which reveals the full panoramic roof and adds a new dimension to the car’s interior. There’s also the pop-up, heads-up display, which provides important driving information without forcing drivers to take their eyes off the road. New additions, such as updated fabrics and better trim finishes, give the 3008 a more quality feel inside.

There are many clever storage areas throughout the 3008’s cabin. The centre console, for example, features a 13.5-litre cooled storage area in addition to the seven-litre compartments in each front door. The glove compartment is large as well, at 4.1 litres while a hidden compartment beneath the steering adds 3.7 litres.There are also two, three-litre areas under the floor in the rear. The boot has a clever cargo floor design which can be adjusted to three levels, meaning, 512 litres of space under the cargo shelf and a massive 1 604 litres of space with the rear seat folded down

Driving the 3008 is initially quite a strange feeling; the ride comfort is superior to that of a regular car but at the same time it provides a car-like feel. So when pitching it in to a bend it does handle surprisingly well only for you to realise - when pulling up to a sedan at the next traffic light - just how much taller it is compared to a regular vehicle.

I had the opportunity to drive a top of the range diesel Allure, powered by a two-litre turbo-diesel motor, producing 120kW/340Nm. The engine provides more than enough rumble but I find the only setback - when combined with the six-speed automatic transmission - is some lag, which can be frustrating when manoeuvring through traffic or pulling out from a junction. It’s frugal though, with a claimed consumption figure of 6.1 litres/100km although I did manage 7.2 litres/100km on a combined cycle.

The 3008 is great. However, although it competes with the Hyundai IX35, the Kia Sportage and the Nissan Qashqai, I do feel it appeals to a different market, which is a good thing at a time when unique products are hard to locate.

The 3008 Allure 2.0 HDi retails for R410 300, which isn’t cheap but it does include a five-year/100 000km premium plan in addition to a three-year/100 000km warranty.

Article written by Sean Nurse
16.05.2014
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