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Our First Drive In The New Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008 Review

New Peugeot 3008 First Drive

The French. Sophisticated, smelly, and brilliant and doing things differently. The Italians have long been praised for making the most desirable looking vehicles and while I wholly share this sentiment with the rest of the world, I do have more of a penchant for French things. The classic example is the Citroen DS with its then revolutionary design and “boite de vitesses hydraulique” or hydraulic gearbox.

As a result of Citroen’s engineering prowess In the 50’s and 60’s, however, it would seem as though Peugeot receives the short end of the stick whenever a bit of a history lesson is given in Frenchness, despite PSA having been in existence since 1991. I’m sure we can all recall Top Gear’s episode long ode to Peugeot, during which we were reminded of the Peugeot family’s many business ventures, including coffee, bicycles, explosives and sewing machines.

Peugeot 3008 Review

Moving along swiftly, the brand spanking new Peugeot 3008 is not nearly a bicycle, nor is it a sewing machine. A handsome thing with a striking grille, the 3008 is unmistakably Peugeot, but its styling is somehow reserved…in a very unreserved way. Certain elements, such as the floating roof, are accentuated by the obligatory bright work and blacked out C-pillar.

Peugeot 3008 Review

Jump inside and shock horror, yet another premium interior. Literally, premium premium, not pseudo premium. Handsome lashings of leather, or a denim-like fabric called, depending on spec level, are interspersed with metal bits and soft-ish to the touch plastics. Not a single part of the interior feels cheap, even in the lowest spec models, which Peugeot SA specifically specced higher than the competition. *cracks whip*

Peugeot 3008 Review

Big news in the Peugeot 3008 is the standard i-Cockpit which is a 12.3-inch TFT display in the instrument binnacle with very futuristic and clean graphics, if you’d like them, or a handsome set of brown, and you all know how much I love brown, dials. Other equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and AndrodAuto all as standard features for enabled markets.

Peugeot 3008 Review

In terms of propulsion, there’s nothing revolutionary but the 1.6-litre THP petrol motor does a good job with 121 kW/240 N.m paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. There will also be a 2.0-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol models joining the rest of the range in due course.

Allure and GT Line Models were available at launch with both making use of the aforementioned 1.6-litre motor. While the ride felt a little firm at times, it was at no point uncomfortable and the very well put together cabin exhibited no rattles, although the cars had barely just been run in. The only major gripe I had would have to be with the side mirrors – why go to such length to create a quiet and refined cabin, only to ruin it with large side mirrors that pick up the wind and make a monstrous racket, even just at highway speeds.

Peugeot 3008 Review

A notable feature was the ‘sport’ button which remaps the throttle and lessens the steering assistance, all while piping noise through the otherwise impressive standard 6-speaker audio system – just like you’ll find in an i8… Under heavy acceleration, I decided to engage sport mode and as the piping was activated at about 3000 rpm, a yelp, somewhat akin to that of a frightened Scooby-Doo, came from the speakers. Yes, I did have a chuckle when that happened…

After a bit of a reshuffle, Citroen’s departure from South Africa and Peugeot’s acquisition of the Opel brand from General Motors, we were glad to hear that dealership standards have been put in place across the board so as to ensure service levels match the products on offer – excellent. There is no doubt in my mind that the 3008 is a solid product that Peugeot can be very proud of. The question is, however, will South African buyers share my sentiments and put their faith, and money, into the Peugeot brand? Only time will tell, but let’s cross fingers so that we get to see more cars like the 3008!

Peugeot 3008 Pricing, Warranties and Service Plan in South Africa

Active 1.6 THP Auto – R399 900
Allure 1.6 THP Auto – R444 900
Allure+ 1.6 THP Auto – R464 900
GT Line 1.6 THP Auto – R499 900
GT Line+ 1.6 THP Auto – R569 900

 

Peugeot 308 GT-LINE Automatic Review

The more time you spend with a vehicle, the more you get to know it and learn about it.  In issue 04 of TheMotorist, I tested the Peugeot 308 GT-Line, the manual variant. I recently got behind the wheel of the Automatic variant, which features the same three cylinder- 1200cc turbo motor. After my bad experience in the Peugeot 208 Auto I was slightly worried that the same faults with that vehicle would follow on into the 308. The 208 Auto was not a great box at all, the issues with that vehicle arise when pulling off, but mainly also when coming to a stop in traffic or at a junction.

More than 90% percent of the time I experienced a juddering feeling, much like when the engine speed is too low for a certain gear. Imagine slowing to a stop while in 3rd gear, that was feeling. It bothered me so much that at certain times I even went for the none existent clutch pedal, giving my wife minor whiplash as I proceeded to hit the brake pedal with left foot force. You may say this is driver error, but after driving manual vehicles for the few weeks before driving the 208, your instinct is to head for the clutch pedal when a car feels like its going to stall.  From then on I had to constantly remind myself that this an automatic vehicle, just with a gearbox fit for a kids fisher price trike.

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Fortunately, the 308 Auto does not suffer from this problem; it provides a comfortable drive, smooth gear changes and decent all-around performance. This, though, is expected of course as the Peugeot 308 is a much more expensive vehicle. Many features are the same, the tachometer travels in the wrong direction, A/C controls are still digital, and you can’t connect Bluetooth devices unless the vehicle is stopped. They don’t tell you that, though. So you end up fiddling through the menus trying to figure out how to connect your mobile device. Still, with no luck, you pull out the manual, picture the scene. Now you are flicking through a paper book as big as a Harry Potter novel while trying to negotiate a complex digital screen. Added to the fact that you are travelling at speed on your way to work, sleepy-eyed, just wanting your Bluetooth connection to work so you can be a “safer driver” and call your wife. That might be an exaggeration, but the point I’m making is that little things like this don’t need to be over complicated, especially in today’s world of connectivity.

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All in all though, the 308 is a great car. Personally, I don’t like the Ruby red color as I feel it does show off the GT-Line body kit as well as the Nacre White, but that is all down to personal preference. Not only is the exterior styled well, but the interior is also a great place to be, nice lines and a very sporty feel, most of all it doesn’t feel cheap. One of my favorite features on the 308 GT-Line is the seats, they look sporty and hold the driver and passenger well but on top of that, they are extremely comfortable. A massaging function is also included, it’s a kind of gizmo that gets used a few times and then forgotten about, but it something to tell your friends about right?

The other issue that nags me about this vehicle is the lack of space in the glove box, they are obviously not designed to fit your overnight bag, but in the 308 the design is very strange and leaves little room for small items.

The 308 GT-Line starts at R357 900, if you don’t feel like the fancy spec you can opt for the Active line. It is not only the spec that is different on this vehicle, there is also a reduction in power from 96kw to a mere 81kw. The final option in the 308 range is the GT – featuring a 1600cc 151kw Motor, the only transmission option here being a 6-speed manual.

Peugeot 308 GT-Line
1.2 3 Cylinder PureTech Turbo
96 kw/230Nm
4.8l/100km
Starting from R357,900

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