2018 Peugeot 3008 First Drive Review & Changes – Peugeot has an intriguing background with SUVs. Its first foray into the softroader class came via a set of rebadged Mitsubishi goods, which, even though they supplied a small product sales increase, were anything but genuine Peugeot goods. The French automaker has mastered quickly although. Its in-residence 2008 small SUV has direct the cost, now a crucial new medium SUV is here, wearing the 3008 badge that once belonged to an odd-seeking minivan and today adorn a car that could effortlessly come to be the brand’s top-vendor in Australia.
The exterior styling is 100 % SUV, and the interior is 100 % Peugeot, full of unpredicted supplies (like felted dash panels) with a layout which could be completed from a concept car. Will Australian buyers be swayed by the 3008’s charms? TMR’s first drive indicates they simply might be.
2018 Peugeot 3008 First Review
Peugeot is pitching alone as the premium brand as it re-establishes alone in Melbourne with a new supplier, which means it won’t play a cut-price game, but neither will it place alone out of the reach of mainstream customers, with cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5 in the 3008’s points of interest. Australian buyers get four variations to select from, such as the petrol-powered Active, Allure, and GT Line and topped by the diesel only GT. All appear with front-wheel drive, which is a tiny strange for the section, despite the fact that all-wheel drives through hybrid help will be added at some time in the future.
Prices start off from $36,990 plus on-road charges for the 121kW 3008 Active, which isn’t a base model in a standard perception (there’s a reduced spec Access model readily available internationally) as Peugeot considers the consider-up rate of base models as well reduced as Aussie purchasers go to a middle of the-to-high level cars. To harmony the value equation, the normal features checklist continues to be padded out with dual-zone environment control, an electronic digital tool bunch, natural leather steering wheel, Apple Carplay and Android Automobile phone connectivity and much more.
2018 Peugeot 3008 Interior
Active: Cloth seat trim, dual-zone weather control, wifi mobile asking, 12.3-inch electronic digital tool bunch, cruise control with speed limiter, rear seat air flow, front and rear park devices, rear level of privacy glass, electric park brake, natural leather-twisted directing wheel, auto front lights and wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels
- Allure: Keyless access and start, semi-autonomous parking, material dashboard insert, 18-inch alloy wheels
- GT Line: Interior scent package, extended background lighting, sports directing wheel, black mirror caps, LED front lights and fog lights, sports front fender, and grille
- GT: Alcantara seat trim, Alcantara dashboard trim, chrome vanity mirror hats, powered driver’s seat with massage therapy functionality, 19-inch alloy wheels
- Infotainment: 8.0-inch touchscreen, AM/FM/DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, satellite navigation,
- Cargo Volume: 520 liters to rear seats, 1482 liters to front seats
Francophiles, celebrate! For the first time in modern history, the glovebox in an RHD Peugeot is large enough to allow for the owner’s manual. No, the glovebox isn’t huge still, nevertheless, it is a minimum of large enough to carry the publications, a pair of sunnies and a couple of other small things. The 3008 also has a trick up its sleeve (or instead in its centre gaming console) which appears like a regular gaming console from the exterior, but gets to significantly forward under the gear selector, making it big enough to keep iPads, handbags, or big containers – or any combination of the three all at once.
Power is one side of the coin, but it’s the interior style that will really separate view. Peugeot has trapped with its ‘i-Cockpit’ interior concept which means a small steering wheel set lower, with a musical instrument bunch that you look at over the wheel, not by means of it. Interior control keys are practically a factor of the earlier with most capabilities managed by the 8.0-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash – although sensibly Peugeot has now added a couple of added faster way switches on a board under the screen making it simpler to jump among features. It continues to unachievable to easily adjust the interior temperature or skip radio stations without cueing up the proper menu screen first, but it is far more reasonable than the system found in the 308 hatch range.If you are very taller the low steering wheel can feel a bit in-the-way and the high-established driver’s seat cannot be very reduced adequate but if you are of brief stature (like I am) the i-Cockpit system really works adequately.
Interior space is a little success and overlook. Up front, there is an abundance of the area, and also with a high center gaming console splitting up motorist and passenger there’s no perception of claustrophobia, helped by the interior design seems and seems contemporary with a smart mix of materials and disposition lighting offering a high-end feel. In the rear, travelers aren’t offered a riches of headroom; it’s alright in normal type, but include the recommended breathtaking roof structure and the headlining gets really close. Legroom is generous, but the width is not as this is a four-seater with an occasional-use fifth seat, but thankfully presence via the side window isn’t cut away from as it is in numerous new SUVs.
Throughout the range, Peugeot has set up a multi-configurable 12.3-inch digital tool bunch with detailed animated graphics and a variety of ingenious viewing alternatives. There’s local mobile phone mirroring and standard satellite navigation over the board also. Perhaps a small strange, all models appear with towel trim of some description, with Alcantara in the GT and the alternative of leather-based on the Allure, or Nappa leather on the GT Line and GT, in which probably natural leather trim should be standard at the price. But on the plus side, the ones that don’t like hot natural leather seats in summer will discover the option a delightful one.
At 520 liters the boot is the handy size, although the loading lip is high. A dual-stage boot flooring brings a small flexibility and the rear seats can be fallen from inside the boot for simplicity of access. Once again, a powered tailgate is an option on Attraction, GT LIne, and GT in which it should have been normal on the top-spec car a minimum of.
2018 Peugeot 3008 Engine
- Engine: 121kW/240Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol (Active, Allure GT Line), 133kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel (GT)
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic, front wheel drive
- Suspension: MacPherson strut front, torsion beam rear
- Brakes: Ventilated front discs, strong rear discs
- Steering: Electric power steering turning circle)
- Towing Capacity: 600kg braked (petrol), 1700kg braked (diesel)
The Peugeot 3008 offers purchasers an option of two engines, with a 121kW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol for the Active, Appeal and GT Line and a much more powerful 133kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel reserved for the top-rack GT.
2018 Peugeot 3008 Changes & Specs
Equally, are matched to a six-speed automatic with front-wheel drive, that means no all-wheel drive alternative for customers seeking to escape the tarmac and brain into a lot more exciting terrain. Reasonably, most urban SUVs won’t venture too much away from the beaten course. Some could easily get to travel down a pea gravel road, others end up in muddy carparks at soccer practice, but that’s it. With that in thoughts, Peugeot has made an recommended ‘Enhanced Hold Control’ system readily available for the Attraction, GT Line, and GT which tailors the balance control to surface areas like snow, mud, or sand at the twist of a button as nicely as such as Downhill Assist Descent Control.
On a handful of lightly demanding gravel monitors, the system proved that could allow it to be via mud, straight down hilly slopes, and through sandy circumstances without excessive work, but a lack of additional traction and its limited journey height will limit genuine off-road forays. In much less demanding circumstances, be it open up road cruising or university-work drop-offs, the 3008 demonstrated a lot more appropriate. Peugeot only provided a very brief first drive impact, so till the opportunity for a much more detailed evaluation arises it’s hard to give a definitive verdict on what the 3008 is actually like. Certainly, each petrol and diesel engines did actually deliver impressive refinement with some of the best engine and road sound suppression in the medium SUV class. Equally are sleek and fluent to drive, with the turbo impact of the petrol rendering it feel assured, if not blistering, with enough torque in hold for comfortable overtaking and open road sailing.
The diesel GT, on the contrary, has to be pressed a little more difficult to provide its possible. Despite the fact that the engine is significantly torquier, the drowsy character of the transmission requires the sparkle off in the default setting. But interesting Sports mode helps wake it up, making for a lot more interesting drive. Trip quality looks up to scuff on patchy countryside roads, as the 18-inch wheels of the Allure and GT Line provide a lot more comfortable ride than the larger 19s of the GT – but even it isn’t too penalizing. By means of sweeping bends, the 3008 keeps the road with reassuring stability and a properly connected feel, improved by the very small steering wheel that routes a go-kart like driving experience. The extra weight in the front of the diesel GT can be experienced sometimes but doesn’t chuck away from the or else engaging balance. Only the diesel engine will come with fuel-saving start-stop technology, and it also ignites swiftly and effortlessly.
The six-speed automatic works well with either engine as it’s smooth and sensibly set up to maintain the engines working in their optimal zone without laboring or older-revving the way some other European competitors can. Thanks to a ‘traditional’ hydraulic auto there is no jerky lower-speed dual-clutch behaviors, or droning CVT whine both.
2018 Peugeot 3008 Safety
Safety Features: All 3008 versions appear normal with six airbags, ABS brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce circulation, electronic stableness and traction control, car owner exhaustion tracking, camera-based speed restrict reputation, lane departure warning, and a 180-education rear look at a camera. Further standard features on the GT Line and GT (accessible as an option package for the Appeal) incorporate active lane maintaining assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam, 360-education camera and innovative car owner focus round.
The Peugeot 3008 is the car that may really make a big effect for the brand in Australia. Certain it does not have the same attention-grabbing entry price of some of its competitors, but mainstream competitors from Kia, Toyota, or Hyundai are kept in the shade in terms of normal equipment. Individuals brands which claim a level of premiums, like Mazda and Volkswagen offer much more serious competition, where there is a tad of tit-for-tat in the normal features details of the top-spec models, although for interior design and innovation neither of them comes near the incredibly impressive Peugeot. The 3008 still won’t match all buyers. Tthe absence of all-wheel drive, a tiny towing capacity for petrol models, and the controversial i-Cockpit directing wheel and dash design are certain to transform some possible proprietors out, but for people who nevertheless see the appeal, the 3008 proves that Peugeot can deliver identity and practicality in one well-fixed package.