REVIEW: 2010 Peugeot 3008 CUV (RM146,888 OTR)

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REVIEW: 2010 Peugeot 3008 CUV (RM146,888 OTR)

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Being the first model on this segment for the manufacturer, there isn#8217;t much history about Peugeot#8217;s experience in the CUV sector. We do know that it had a larger 4007 model but that is considered more as an SUV when compared to this crossover. In fact, the 3008 is said to have crossed several boundaries being part SUV, part estate, part hatchback, part MPV. It made its world debut in April of 2009 and released in Malaysia on 7th June of 2010.

 We recently requested a unit to review, even though it#8217;s been here in our country for a while, as some of its unique design features are still not topped by its rivals, yet. Let#8217;s take a look at it.

As mentioned, it does offer quite an unconventional design on its exterior having a large Peugeot signature front grille and sharply shaped headlights with blackened fog light bezels just below it. Amusingly, the only other vehicle I can think of that remotely shares the same sort of front fascia elements is the Audi R8, which also has a large protruding front grille and blackened air-vents just bellow its shapely headlights. Haha.

But jokes aside, even though it doesn#8217;t have a long, low, supercar shape like the R8, it does showcase quite an attractive silhouette, for a CUV that is. It is said to have an aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.296 Cd. Its profile is accentuated further with emphasized wheel arch that looks like it haunches wider than it actually is. At the rear, a split hatchback and drop down lower tailgate (like the rear of a pick-up truck) is featured for easier loading and unloading of large items.

It#8217;s flanked by a set of interesting looking arrowhead-like taillights. A front and rear skidplates, and a set of 17-inch wheels completes its attractive rugged looking exterior.

Once inside, the driver area feels more like an aircraft cockpit with the centre console made high, cordoning off the #8216;pilot#8217;. The front seats are comfortable and its scope of adjustability can be set to an SUV-high or low enough to feel more car-like. It has a push start ignition system and an electric handbrake for easier usage and saves space (having just a small lever below the gear gate).

The instruments cluster is simple, clear and easy to view but apart from the rev counter and fuel gauge, I didn#8217;t have much use of it as the 3008 also features a Heads-Up Display (HUD), the first vehicle in Malaysia to have such a thing, then. It is one of the #8220;wow#8221; factors about this vehicle. The system, however, doesn#8217;t project the information (speed and cruise control settings) onto the windscreen but onto a piece of retractable perspex which automatically slides out upon starting the engine.

The other #8220;wow#8221; factor that it has, is the large 17 sq ft of panaromic glass roof in one big piece. It is similar to the one found in the 308s but bigger, much bigger. Unfortunately, in our hot climate, the roof would be closed up during most of the day and can best be enjoyed only at night, especially if it rains.

Rear passengers have told me that it is very confortable at the back as the rear area provides­­­­­­­­­­ ample room for legs and heads with a high vantage point that gives a good forward view. It also has multitudes of cubby holders and storage space. The box under the front central armrest is about 13.5 litres big but the glovebox is small despite its large lid.

The rear seats can be moved forward and down slightly to make room for the folded backrest and provide a 2.62 metres of flat floor all the way from the tailgate to the dashboard (with the front passenger seat folded as well), very handy for long items. The boot floor can be further adjusted through three positions, creating a useful covered storage area beneath. The drop-down lower tailgate, is said to be able to take on about 200 kg, and can be used as a bench.

 Peugeot calls this interior configurability, #8220;Multiplex#8221;.

Under the hood at the other end of the trunk, sits a Prince THP 156 engine which is the same 1.6 litre, twin-scroll turbocharged system, mated to an AT6 six-speed automatic gearbox, found in the entry level RCZ. I wasn#8217;t expecting much performance as the 3008 does carry more weight and mass than the RCZ, but it#8217;s not that bad. The 156 hp and 240 Nm of torque it produces takes this 1,459 kg vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h quite rapidly.

The claimed time is just 8.9 seconds, which is quite good for a crossover. Other performance figures include a 202 km/h top speed, CO2 emmissions at 169 g/km and a fuel consumption rating of 16.9 km/l.

But where the 3008 shines, is in the handling department. To achieve a car-like feel, the 3008 is built on the PSA group#8217;s PF2 Platform designed for medium cars with front wheel drive. Other vehicles using the same platform are the 308 family range, RCZ, 5008 MPV and the Citroen C4 range.

But instead of having a fully independent trailing arm in which was once a Peugeot signature, the platform features a simple torsion beam that contains an extra, central damper and, a rear axle Dynamic Roll Control (DRC), to help reduce body roll.

With that, the 3008 feels quite agile and corners very flat on winding road, unsual for a tall, crossover vehicle. At first, it did feel quite unreal but the way the outside rear wheel is loaded up by the levelling effect of the roll control system certainly helps it in tight corners. Steering is light, accurate and quick mainly due to a hydraulic system assisted by an electric pump instead of a fully electric system.

 It comes with six airbags, ESP, ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist among others. It has also received a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

The 3008 seemed to have quite an advantage especially with the HUD and huge glass roof, in which no other CUV in the current market offers. It does portray a certain ruggedness to its looks and the premium interior, although quite driver centric, do provide some intelligent storage solution adequately. It is versatile, spacious, comfortable, well equipped and, with the high seating position, gives an enhanced view of the road ahead.

Peugeot#8217;s first CUV offering has satisfied all the basic criteria needed for a crossover vehicle #8211; using a unibody car platform and features SUV-like designs of high center of gravity and high ground-clearance. With an on-the-road with insurance price tag of just RM146,888, this 3008 is quite competitive.

And with Peugeot currently offering a low interest rate of just 0.88 percent, those looking for a unique unconventional design and innovative features in a CUV, should look no further. If you do decide on it now, Peugeot will also throw in a V-KOOL ELITE for free!.

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