Drive – Peugeot 3008 XTE 2.0 HDI Review

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and versatile cabin.


Smooth and strong diesel

Confident road manners

of equipment


Not cheap

rear accommodation

Lumpy ride

No all-wheel-drive (for

While Peugeot had a tilt at a soft-roader with its Mitsubishi 4007, the 3008 is its first attempt to gain traction in the market.

Outwardly, there’s to suggest a major departure compact soft-roader status Dig deeper, though, and the French has taken a little bit of soft-roader, hatchback and even some to come up with a car that’s a different.

Price and equipment

Prices off at $35,990 (plus on-road and costs) for the XSE turbo petrol putting the 3008 a step your average Korean or compact soft-roader and on a price par Volkswagen’s Tiguan. We sampled a XTE model, which starts at in turbo petrol form or for the 2.0 HDi diesel tested here. It can be had in 1.6 HDi form.

Regardless of engine, a generously specified car, head-up display, panoramic roof (with electric sun Bluetooth, USB port for the audio and 18-inch alloys to the XSE’s respectable list.

You’ll have to fork though, if you want leather or paint. And the optional Video entertainment system, despite Bluetooth headsets, needs to invest in a portable DVD player as the system only plays

All 3008s get six airbags, anti-lock stability control, hill-start and rear parking sensors.

The XTE a distance-alert function for the head-up to warn the driver when the is getting too close to the vehicle in

Under the bonnet

Turbo models might be cheaper but the works best with the new HDI diesel, which pumps out a 120kW of power and 340Nm in as well as meeting Euro 5 standards.

The petrol’s lag issues in stop-start simply don’t show up in the 2.0 It matches beautifully to the six-speed for strong, smooth and relaxed around town and on the open and is quite hushed for a diesel. economy doesn’t reset but the official 6.7 litres per 100 kilometres is better than most diesel soft-roaders.

We averaged on test.

Peugeot 3008

How it drives

Two-wheel-drive of soft-roaders are common these but the 3008 is exclusively front-drive, at until a petrol-electric hybrid that drives all four arrives next year. however, offers a no-cost called Grip Control, allows the driver to alter the settings to suit the conditions. We vouch for its effectiveness, though, as 3008 we sampled had this

Still, the Pug has above-average manners on the where it is likely to spend the of its time. It sits flat in has faithful (if light) steering and poised, even when

Not so good is the ride on the XTE’s rims, which tends to lumpy at low speeds. But it settles at open-road speeds and delivers cushioning on dirt. Tyre too, is well hushed.

and practicality

The 3008’s front-seat is adventurous, with its distinct feel, lovely toggle and head-up display (which from the dash on start-up) a unique ambience.

It’s refreshingly airy, thanks to that panoramic and the materials – while not as luscious as in a Tiguan – upmarket.

The Pug also has comfortable (if wide) seats and plentiful and steering adjustment. There’s of handy storage and the boot, is a useful size. It’s by a handy two-piece tailgate and is thanks to a moveable floor, torch, ski port and one-touch function.

A pity, then, the back seat is cramped for occupants. Other disappointments, as the cruise control and audio that are hard to find and time to master, are easier to



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