Driven - Peugeot 3008 GT Line
- Price: From R514 900
- Engine: 1.6-litre petrol
- Power/Torque: 121kW / 240nm
- Transmission: 6-Speed auto
While we may have spent time with the Peugeot 3008 GT Line at launch earlier this year, the French automaker finally sent it our way for us to spend some extended time with it and these have been our highlights.
Ride and handling
The 19-inch alloy wheels with a low profile did not compromise the ride comfortability at all, in fact, it felt like a magic carpet ride on the highway and absorbed road imperfections very well. We were also impressed with the amount of safety and driver systems that made city driving pleasant. Another thing that made city driving seem effortless was its impressive turning circle as well as the park assist in tight areas.
We thoroughly enjoyed how seamless the gear changes were but were quite annoyed at how long it dragged gears, we would’ve also loved an extra gear and we think that this would have helped with the overall fuel consumption. We tried matching the claimed 7.0l/100kms however the best we could manage was 8.5l/100kms which in reality, is not that bad.
The 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine isn’t the most powerful engine, however, it performs accordingly and delivers sufficient power. We would have loved a turbocharged diesel engine as we would like to think that it would have more torque and an overall greater fuel economy and range as opposed to the petrol units.
Arguably the best interior in the segment, the Peugeot 3008 GT Line is feature-packed! From comfortable electrically adjustable seats which are heated and offer the driver massage to wireless charging, the works, the brand has not compromised on quality in the cabin and it feels like you are in a spaceship! Space has also not been compromised and the SUV can easily fit 4 grown adults with ease. We were particularly in love with the optional red leather seats that ensure the overall cabin comfortability.
The new 3D i-cockpit has a high-resolution display with crystal clear displays during the day, or at night. The car has been designed with the driver in mind, making every interior element in the car reachable to the driver with ease.
Visibility through the rearview mirror is however quite difficult if you have tall adults in the rear but this is understandable and it is not a manufacturer fault but something worth noting.
Safety and Ease
The Peugeot 3008 is well equipped with safety and driver aid features such as lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, forward collision detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot assist as well as a 360-degree camera that makes parking a breeze.
We also loved the hands-free electrically operated tailgate which made trips to the local shops very easier. The function works easily and did not give us any glitches - Well done Peugeot! The boot is also very spacious and offers through loading and folding the rear seats is not a mission thanks to a lever that is in the back.
Peugeot has shown just how premium vehicles should be, we saw this initially in 2008 and we are impressed at how they have carried this out onto the 3008 and even improved on it. With most manufactures cutting corners, Peugeot has gone and done everything right to ensure buyers get value for their money. The pricing of the 3008 is also a good thing to look at and we hope that we can see more of the 3008s on the road.
PEUGEOT 3008 Active R 514 900
PEUGEOT 3008 Allure R 574 900
PEUGEOT 3008 GT R 644 900