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The Peugeot 3008, a modern day French artwork

France is a country that is besotted with the idea of romance and beauty, when they are not being impolite to English speaking tourists, of course. They are a nation renowned for the City of Love and the world famous Louvre, housing some of the most priceless and beautiful artworks ever created. The products they produce embody the environment they are created in, such as the eternally stylish compositions from fashion moguls like Coco Chanel or industrial design heavyweights like Phillipe Starck. If you haven’t gotten the picture yet, France knows a thing or two about style. 

So why are French brands often overlooked by consumers in the local automotive market? Peugeot for example is a brand that is no stranger to reigning supreme in Car of the Year competitions, the pre facelift 3008 itself being a former victor and the smaller 208 hatchback holding the current title in the B-segment. These recent accolades alone allude to a highly capable brand with an appetite to create and innovate. However, their creations lack the status of more premium marques and traditionally carry an exacerbated and unfair negative reputation for poor after-sales and maintenance. 

Moving onto the Peugeot 3008 then, a car which I was most eager to get behind the wheel of as a result of my aesthete preference (I am fascinated by beautiful things). From the offset, it holds an attractive presence, sure it does not hold the high repute that its German rivals instill into pedestrians but copious amounts of chrome and overbearing grilles do not always mean more beautiful. I had a quick walk-around and realized this would shoot well from any angle, something that is not common when many affordable modern cars feature in front of my lens. 

While this is the facelift of the already attractive second generation, both are far superior to the original blob shaped 3008 which was produced between 2008 and 2016. As with most evolutions, the recent iteration takes the cake. Other than a drastically reshaped front end and minor interior updates and infotainment improvements, nothing much has changed from its pre-facelift predecessor. It retains well proportioned SUV dimensions and manages to hold an aggressive stance – compliments of a headlight-integrated horizontal front grille while the rear light feature of the car successfully accentuates its width. A suitable mixture of chrome, gloss black and durable plastic trim line the extremities while LED lights illuminate the car in the dark, a feature which is arguably aligned to Peugeot’s updated feline corporate identity and logo.

Prospective buyers will be happy to know that the pièce de résistance of the 3008 lies in its sumptuous interior. In our top of the range GT-Line, the attractive exterior continues inside the cabin, drivers and passengers are met with a combination of plush materials, overlapping surfaces, subtle illumination and an elevated but comfortable seating position. Spaciousness is a strong selling point, with ample room for 5 adults and copious cabin storage, the boot can hold 520l too if the full size spare is ditched and the false floor is dropped to its lowest level. 

Getting behind the wheel presents an experience of its own, the driver has no choice but to grip onto a small, low slung, octagonally shaped steering wheel which is positioned just below the dashboard mounted i-Cockpit. This combined with the angled infotainment screen and fighter-jet shaped dials cocoon the driver but once the excitement has subsided, the upright, elevated seating position reaffirms any anticipated expectations of its driving capability. This is only a Peugeot 3008, no matter how much it feels like the cockpit of the Concorde. Just like the front seat of the supersonic French airliner, the 3008 suffers from limited visibility; the sloping rear roofline creates a miniature rear orifice to glimpse out of and the thick A pillar, bulky side-mirror and tweeter intersect exactly where you need to see adjacent traffic from. 

Improvements in the interior include a redesigned infotainment screen which implements a simple bottom ledge that assists in navigating the user interface while driving on uneven surfaces. The small and irregular shape of the steering wheel means that the stalks and cruise control dials are often concealed which makes immediate assimilation quite difficult. Where the 3008’s interior feels outdated is the front and rear cameras which lack clarity on the large 12.3” digital cluster however the standard-equipment PDC makes up for the shortcomings of the camera. 

Despite its sporty interior features and aggressive styling, this is still a run of the mill Peugeot SUV which comes with satisfactory performance and handling for a vehicle of its stature. The body is firm in cornering and the motor feels sufficiently powered in day-to-day applications; albeit on the less economical side of the spectrum, returning 8.4l/100km in combined driving scenarios. The 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine is standard across all three derivatives in the range and is claimed to churn out a maximum of 121kW and 240Nm as low as 1400rpm. While it makes light work of overtaking on the open road, quickly accelerating the 1390kg mass from stationary seems like a laborious task.

The steering at slow speeds is firm while the brakes are responsive with good pedal feedback. Its 6-speed automatic transmission is sublime for sedate driving scenarios but can be lethargic in upshifting or when manually interacting with the small paddle shifters. This can be remedied in the sport mode which makes for slightly snappier gear changes and improved throttle response but I can confidently say that this is a far better suited as a comfortable cruiser. I did not have the courage to take this off-road, since it would look completely out of place but despite its solitary FWD layout, Peugeot claims that its Grip Control system can do most things a true 4WD can. 

In typical French fashion, this C-SUV does come with as many quirks as it has standard features, but if you are style conscious and not status driven, the Peugeot 3008 is the one for you. Our fully equipped, top of the range GT-Line comes in at R644 900 and includes a 5 year/100 000km service plan and warranty but the more affordable Active derivative can be had from R514 900. This is a car that would look perfectly at home with the Louvre in the background or equally as natural trundling past some of our own beautiful, contemporary architecture. Most importantly, it will put a smile on your face everytime you manage a coup d’oeil of it!

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