By Patrick James on 2018-02-03 - The author has been a motoring writer for more than 16 years. Formerly motoring editor at the Coventry Telegraph, he now produces motoring copy, on new car launches and road tests on a freelance basis.
Peugeot 3008 GT Line
1.2 PureTech 130
IT is a sign of Peugeot's confidence that it can turn an already top notch product into something even better.
The 3008 has been one of the best crossovers on the market, offering practicality a reasonable price considering the comprehensive range of standard kit on even the entry level model and economical running costs.
The new 3008 is completely different, a completely new car except it still offers practicality, a reasonable price considering the range of standard kit on even the entry level model and economical running costs.
It remains a practical family motor with various seating combinations to accommodate all sorts of loads and family members, and while not being the off-roader it resembles, offers traction-enhancing Grip Control for those tricky road conditions at a £470 premium.
The GT Line model tested here features an efficient yet fiesty three cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine, delivery good fuel economy and a surprising amount of pace for a car of this size. It is one of a range of engine which also include the 1.6L THP, while four diesel variant includes all include the fuel saving BlueHDi technology and CO2 emissions starting from just 103g/km.
If the Nissan Qashqai set the bar for the new crossovers a few years ago, then the new 3008 has moved the bar higher
It is a real head-turner with a dynamic profile, with swooping lines, eye-catching alloys and two radiator designs. It looks sleek and rugged at the same time, with raised ride height giving that impression of an off roader.
The GT Line and GT feature a chiselled chequered grille combined with full LED headlights for a sleek, feline look that features on most Peugeots.
The rear is as striking as the front with feline-looking cat claws rear light LED clusters, while this model features the gloss black roof and black rear panel which incorporates the lights. Chrome roof rails and trim to sills add to the sophisticated look.
There is plenty of head and legroom for five occupants and the cabin has a real upmarket feel.
Peugeots are right up there now with interior quality, and you would be hard pressed to distinguish from the more expensive German executive vehicles.
From the soft touch trim to dash and doors, small steering wheel, signature inserts and state of the art digital i-Cockpit. which features a configurable 12.3 inch head-up digital instrument panel and an eight inch touch-screen, high tech features abound.
A new innovation is a row of switches, resembling a music keyboard which operate other key functions.
All models are well equipped and this model adds some real high-end stuff which includes leather, electrically heated front seats, electric panoramic sunroof, dimming mirror and full LED self-levelling lights and powered tailgate.
The central touchscreen controls major functions such as sat nav and music system as well as connectivity for your Appleor Android phone through Carplay or MirrorLink.
On the road the gutsy 1.2-litre Puretch petrol engine, mated to a six-speed gearbox is an engaging drive. The 130bhp unit has plenty of grunt and the signature throaty rasp of the three cylinder engine adds a sporty element.
Switch to sport mode and it will propel the car to 60mph in just over 10 seconds, while torque is excellent for motorway overtaking.
The ride is comfortable, but the high stance means the car can be unsettled on lesser roads.
Economy is good with an official figures of around 55mpg, while emissions are low at 117g/km.
Boot space is among the best in its class and the 520 litres and can be increased with split folding rear seats, as in all good SUV/crossover vehicles. There is plenty of space for you average family and a bit more besides. There are also plenty of other storage areas and drink holders.
The range starts from £21,795 with even the entry level model having an extensive range of safety kit and goodies likeautonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning are standard too.
Petrol engine versions also include the 1.6L THP, while four diesel variant includes all include the fuel saving BlueHDi technology.
Peugeot 3008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130
Mechanical: 130bhp, 1,199cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox
Max Speed: 117mph
0-62mph: 10.6 seconds
Combined MPG: 55.4
Insurance Group: 13
C02 emissions: 117g/km
Bik rating: 22%
Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles
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