By Al Qalam Reporter
South Africans have never really taken to Peugeot even though the car performs well on European and other markets. Think European Car of the Year, 2017! No doubt the new 3008 is against strong rivals, but it has an appeal and design that is likely to win many hearts. While traditionally people in this market may have looked at Japanese and South Korean options, this French option cannot be ignored.
While Peugeot may not traditionally be known for its superior safety features the 3008 is impressive is safety terms. It has 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, lane departure warning and road sign detection brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, and driver attention alert. The GT Line+ derivative has features such as advanced brake assist, front collision warning and active blind spot detection.
The French finesse and style comes through immediately with a funky and great looking interior, a massive infotainment touchscreen and just a general sense of sophistication.
This car grabs attention with very little effort and stands out from the rest of the SUVs. It brings individuality and will have huge appeal for style conscious buyers.
The floating roof works well with the nicely sculpted front and rear lights. The angular sections are appealing, and this new version of the 3008 offers more space for passengers and luggage. It has 520 litres of luggage space and with the rear seats folded down, 1 670 litres. Apple CarPlay is offered on the new 3008.
3D navigation is offered as standard on the GT Line derivatives.
What’s on offer
· 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine powered the 3008 range initially. 121 kW and 240 Nm of torque and only a 6-speed automatic transmission
· 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine from earlier this year. 100 kW.
The three trim lines include the:
· entry-level Active,
· mid-spec Allure and Allure+
· the range-topping GT Line and GT-Line+. The GT Line+ comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and a sunroof.
This is a refined car and is adequately comfortable. The ride quality and refinement is comparable to far more expensive SUVs. While it’s not a 4×4 it does well on gravel; especially with the height that it commands.
Peugeot has broken new ground with this car and its commanding presence, style, design and sophistication is likely to attract more and more people to the brand. With some South Korean options becoming so common on the market; this lends itself to conspicuous individuality. Tantalizing is a word that has been used to describe it. Appropriate indeed, I think.
Peugeot 3008 – Prices
3008 Active 1.6 THP A/T – R399 900
3008 Allure 1.6 THP A/T – R444 900
3008 Allure+ 1.6 THP A/T – R464 900
3008 GT Line 1.6 THP A/T – R499 900
3008 GT Line 1.6 THP A/T – R569 900
It has a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 4-year/60 000 km service plan with the option to upgrade to a full 5-year/100 000km maintenance plan. 3-year/100 000 km Roadside Assistance and a 12-year anti-perforation warranty is also included.