Premium medium SUV stands out from the crowd.
We drive a lot of Japanese, Korean and German vehicles, but not many French.
That’s fair enough given the likes of Citroen, Peugeot and Renault don’t figure prominently in new car sales statistics.
To give some idea of that disparity, the Peugeot 3008 GT tested here notched up 269 sales in the first five months of this year while the medium SUV category leader, Toyota’s RAV4, achieved nearly 18,000.
That’s a one-off example, sure, but the broader picture for most Australians is that French cars don’t make it into their consideration set.
That’s not to say they are without merit, however, and the 3008 GT has many endearing attributes, including a recent refresh of its circa-2017 styling which still looks fresh four years on.
Among the exterior design changes are new LED headlights incorporating daytime running lights and indicators, and a new frameless radiator grille with integrated lighting signature.
At the rear, the taillights have been updated to LED technology with sequential indicators.
In a three-variant model line the GT sits between the base Allure and top-spec GT Sport.
It’s differentiated from the Allure by 18-inch gloss black alloys, floating black roof treatment, adaptive cruise control, and Alcantara and leather-effect seat and door trims.
Our test car also came with gorgeous optional quilted Nappa leather seats with heating and a driver’s seat massage function.
The stylish interior looks and feels as premium as anything from a German luxury car maker, the view from the driver’s seat encompassing a hi-tech-looking dash and surrounds, with a customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 10-inch colour touchscreen.
There’s also a generous suite of standard safety features which contribute to the 3008’s five-star ANCAP rating.
Other 3008 powertrain choices include a 2.0-litre turbo diesel and, for the GT Sport, a higher-output version of the 1.6-litre turbo four tested here.
In this tune the smooth, quiet and responsive four pot channels its 121kW/240Nm to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic.\
McPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension strikes a neat balance between smooth ride comfort and disciplined road holding, while braking performance is strong with good initial bite and a progressive pedal feel.
There are quirks, of course, including the fact the small steering wheel with squared-off top and bottom sits low, almost in your lap, with an upper rim that obscures some of the instrumentation.
Price is also an issue, with optional premium paint ($1050) and plush leather seats ($3590) pushing the test car’s price beyond $50k.
The 3008’s unique design, high level of standard equipment, refreshingly stylish interior and impressive driving manners should appeal to buyers wanting a premium medium SUV that stands apart from the crowd.
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