Peugeot 3008 – Road Tests – Motoring – The Independent

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Peugeot 3008

Peugeot’s 3008 thinks an SUV with knobs on

With we asked, does the new Peugeot compete? That, said the man, is for you to decide. Such is the of the idea, that Peugeot has omitted to carry out any market

We are to believe that the entire was engineered on a hunch.

Not true, of Peugeot has eyed, with the success of Nissan’s Qashqai (Is it a Is it an SUV?), and has noted that of regular, middle-sized hatches taking a tumble even the crunch.

Nissan, spotting decided not to bother with mid-size hatches and created a meeting buyers’ needs and in one hit.

Peugeot hasn’t taken a risk because it still has the 308 hatchback. It is also planning a compact MPV later in the year, the C4 Picasso of its Citroën cousin but quite different. But the news is this car, which like an SUV with its high and faux skidplates, is actually a tall, front-wheel drive with attitude.

You can’t a four-wheel drive option – you can in the – but you can have a Grip Control which tailors the traction and ESP for the best progress across sand or mud according to how you set the selector Mud-and-snow tyres are part of the So it’s potentially a sort of but not many people are likely to buy a with off-roading in mind.

Rather, we should judge it as a car and, as such, the 3008 out rather well.

It’s It has a drop-down lower tailgate opens out flat and is strong for two people to sit on. The rear seats down, of course, and you can set the strong floor to the same level as the seats and opened lower to make a long, level, floor.

The boot floor to three positions with tilt-and-slide movements.

What else? You can have a glass panel in the roof, an electric blind. The top model has a display for speed (digital) and a warning (advisory only; it intervene via the brakes, unlike because Peugeot thinks it for the driver to retain control). uses a curved transparent which unfolds upwards, the instrument cluster, on to which the is projected.

Its position, brightness and is controlled from a bank of chromium-plated toggle switches.

The of the cabin is smart, too, expensive-feeling materials, soft neat bright-metal detailing and a centre console designed to a cockpit feel. There’s a for the passenger in case this goes to the driver’s head.

As well it might, for the 3008 to be an unexpectedly capable and satisfying machine. It goes on sale October at around £17,400 from £15,500 to £20,000).

car is further evidence that, lost the plot for a few years, is rediscovering how to make cars soak up road bumps, through bends, cosset and give the driver a precise, drive. The 1.6-litre, 150bhp, model shows this the

The ones I drove with engine felt a touch thanks to their hefty wheels and low-profile tyres, but poise and pointability were all the thanks to Roll Control, a which pressurises the damper of rear wheel is on the outside of a and so helps keep the 3008 All the better, then, to exploit the delivered energy of that engine.

The 1.6-litre, 110bhp turbodiesel, less lively, shows the 3008 handles very even without Roll It’s more comfortable on 16in wheels, too.

engines are a non-turbo petrol 1.6 and a turbodiesel and, in early there’ll be a 1.6-litre diesel producing just 109g/km The electric motor will the rear wheels, so the 3008 eventually become a 4×4 and the cross-over. What will its do then?

The Rivals

Peugeot 3008

Dodge Caliber 1.8: £12,929.

Cheap, roomy but you’ll find out why when you it. Noisy engine, stodgy nasty fittings. Embarrassingly

Nissan Qashqai 2.0 WD: from

Less cabin space and than the Peugeot 3008 but power and driving refinement. enjoy owning one.

Tiguan 1.4 TSI 150 S WD: £18,640.

This version has front-wheel drive. engine is both turbo and and is very efficient.

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