Peugeot’s new 3008

The flagship model is the GT and it’s powered by a 2.0-litre common-rail turbo-diesel, also Euro 6.1 compliant and driving through a six-speed auto.

SUVs are the current love of Australian buyers with sales now outstripping passenger models for the first time. The latest arrival to this automotive love-in is the latest version of Peugeot’s 3008, a model-line first launched here in 2009. The new 3008 is a 2017 European Car of The Year winner.

The entry-level Active, the Allure and GT Line all use a Euro 6.1 emissions compliant, 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed auto. Claimed maximum outputs are 121kW and 240Nm, while the official combined fuel consumption is 7.0 litres/100km.

The flagship model is the GT and it’s powered by a 2.0-litre common-rail turbo-diesel, also Euro 6.1 compliant and driving through a six-speed auto. Peugeot claim it’s good for 133kW and 400Nm, while fuel consumption on the combined cycle is a frugal 4.8 litres/100km.

Peugeot's new 3008 front view

All variants drive through the front wheels only, as the new EMP2 platform upon which it’s built isn’t currently suited to incorporating an all-wheel-drive system. Peugeot do offer an Advanced Grip Control option for models other than the Active to improve off-road skills. It optimises the traction control system operation with five grip levels (normal, snow, sand, mud, and ESC off) selectable from a console mounted knob. Hill Descent Control and 18” M+S (mud and snow) tyres on unique pattern alloy wheels are also included.

All key interior dimensions are increased over the old model for more occupant and cargo space. The interior takes on a more contemporary look too, thanks to the new i-Cockpit design dashboard and compact multi-function steering wheel, used on all models. There’s an 8” tablet style central touch-screen, plus a hi-res 12.3” TFT screen for the main instrumentation that features a choice of display modes.

All models are fitted with Bluetooth, DAB+ radio, Mirrorscreen (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), inductive charging plate for compatible smartphones, voice recognition, and navigation with 3D mapping.

As expected these days, six airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, and brake assist are standard on all versions. Speed sign recognition is also standard across the range. A suite of advanced driver assistance features will be found on GT Line and GT models, and in a safety pack option for Allure models.

All versions include front and rear park sensors as standard. The base model also has a 180-degree reverse camera, while the other specifications are equipped with a 360-degree camera system and Peugeot’s City Park self-park system (for entry and exit of 90 deg and parallel parks).

Inside Peugeot's new 3008

Independent crash testing authority, ANCAP, has just awarded the new Pug a five-star safety rating.

Fans of the French brand should watch for the facelifted 308, and the new 5008 SUV, both scheduled to arrive before year’s end.