Peugeot 3008 GT-Line long-term Review

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Peugeot 3008 GT-Line long-term Review – Spending 10,000km and six months with any car is a lot of time behind the wheel. Our usual tests are far more limited in the number of kilometers that we can do, but the whole point of getting behind the wheel of this Peugeot 3008 was to prove that modern French vehicles should be absolute contenders in today’s hotly contested SUV market.

So far as we can tell, despite now being over a year old since its international release, the Peugeot 3008 remains the best SUV in its class.

From the outside, it is still a head-turner thanks to its ultra-modern yet classy design, while the interior and associated infotainment system are yet to be matched by any other European or Asian rival in the same price range.

Ultimately, after six months of driving it, all the stereotypes of French cars have been put to rest. Yes, a few minor things have come undone, as we mentioned in the last update, but overall it has performed flawlessly and without trouble.

It’s important to emphasize its abilities, because some may look at the slightly higher sticker price and immediately put it out of contention for their next SUV.

But, while it may cost a few thousand dollars more than its Japanese or Korean rivals, it offers an entirely different experience as a result.

From the exceptional ride comfort that somehow seems able to absorb the poorest roads in Brisbane, to the highly dynamic driving abilities that make it an exciting car to drive with a bit of enthusiasm, the 3008 certainly ticks a lot of boxes.

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It’s also one of the safest SUVs you can buy, with an amazing array of active safety features that can basically take full control of the car for limited periods of time if you become distracted, which we detailed in our first report.

The powertrain provides plenty of pull both from a standstill and in-gear. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine may seem a little underwhelming going by the numbers – 121kW of power and 240Nm of torque – but we can assure you it moves the Peugeot’s weight with ease both in suburban environments and on the highway.

We managed to get our fuel economy to the low eights when we tried to drive sedately, but realistically expect it in the high eights.

But perhaps the most notable part of the car remains the interior, which after we’ve been harping on about it for more than six months still doesn’t get old. It’s at the very top of its class, and by quite a long way.

From the switchgear to the fully digital instrument cluster and the infotainment system, it genuinely puts the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and even the new BMW X3 on notice. It’s at their level of luxury for a lot less coin.

Our biggest gripe with the 3008 since having it new has been its three-year warranty, which the French company has now extended to five years, taking away any real excuse from buying one.

With a five-year warranty plus a new and far more effective distributor in Australia (same as Subaru), the French brand is going through a massive Australian revival.

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There are ads for its cars everywhere you look, and there is no hiding the fact that these new Frenchies mean business, and that goes beyond skin deep.

There’s not a whole lot more we can say about this Peugeot, except that if you’re in the market for a Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson or something similar, we would highly recommend – at the very least – a visit to your local Peugeot dealer and take one of these for a test drive.

CAR DETAILS
Make
PEUGEOT
Model
3008
Variant
GT LINE
Series
P84 MY18
Year
2018
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
CARADVICE RATINGS
Overall
Our Review
PRICING
New Price
$43,490 MRLP
Private Sale
N/A
Dealer Retail
N/A
Dealer Trade
N/A
ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Type
TURBO DIRECT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.6L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
240Nm @  1400rpm
Max. Power
121kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
88.3W/kg
Bore & Stroke
77×85.8mm
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
DRIVETRAIN SPECIFICATIONS
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
FUEL SPECIFICATIONS
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
75Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7L / 100km
WEIGHT & MEASUREMENT
Kerb Weight
1371
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1624mm
Length
4447mm
Width
1826mm
Ground Clearance
198mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1300  Unbrake:750
STEERING & SUSPENSION
Steering Type
RACK & PINION – POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
7.5Jx18
Rear Rim Size
7.5Jx18
Front Tyres
225/55 R18
Rear Tyres
225/55 R18
Wheel Base
2675
Front Track
1587
Rear Track
1596
Front Brakes
DISC – VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Rear Suspension
Beam axle, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
STANDARD FEATURES
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel – Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control Intelligent/Active, Reversing Camera, Satellite Navigation, Trip Computer
Engine & Transmission
Entertainment
Exterior
Rear Spoiler
Interior
Package
Safety
Dual Front Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Side Airbags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
OPTIONAL FEATURES
Comfort
Control & Handling
Driver
Engine & Transmission
Entertainment
Exterior
Metallic Paint, Metallic Paint Special
Interior
Leather Trim
Package
Safety
Safety Pack
Security
ECO & SAFETY RATINGS
ANCAP Crash Test
    
Green Vehicle
Green House
Air Pollution
CO2 Emission
156grams/km
OTHER
Discontinued Date
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
Warranty
60 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Eng Scuttle
Country of Origin
France
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