The French know a thing or two about style. Nowhere is this more evident than with
the latest Peugeot 3008.

There’s no mistaking this car for anything else on the road, although one of the
Chinese brands has imitated its distinctive cascading grille.

Facelifted in 2020 the five-seat 3008 is Peugeot’s biggest selling model in this
country and a leader in the European market.

So, what makes this compact SUV so special?

Three grades are offered: Allure, GT and GT Sport, along with a plug-in hybrid
version of the Sport – GT Sport PHEV.

Petrol, diesel and petrol-electric hybrid powertrains are available, priced from
$44,990 for the 1.6-litre Allure. Only the PHEV is all-wheel drive.

A sunroof adds $2500 to the price, while Celebes Blue (pictured) is the one, no-cost
colour choice. Metallic paint is $690 more, while Premium paint adds $1050 – with a
total of eight colours from which to choose.

Our test vehicle, the GT Sport, priced from $59,840 plus on roads, comes with the
‘Black Pack’ as standard which brings black trim and exclusive black 19-inch
‘Washington’ diamond-cut alloys with a unique ‘Black Mist’ finish.

This model also gets Nappa quilted leather upholstery, Lime Wood dash and door
trim, two-zone climate air, with heated front seats and eight-way electronic
adjustment and massage function for the driver plus a panoramic sunroof.

There are also adaptive LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, digital
instrument display, 360-degree camera, rear privacy glass, auto dipping mirrors,
auto lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors plus semi-autonomous parking
assistance (parallel and 90 degree).

The automotive component shortage has not been kind to the 3008, with the removal
of wireless charging, a power tailgate and Focus audio system.

The 3008 is covered by a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty along with 5-year
roadside assistance.

Service intervals are 12 months or 20,000km and add up to $2639 over five years, or
an average of $528 per visit.

Infotainment comes in the form of a 10.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, satellite
navigation, voice control, AM/FM/DAB radio, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and
Mirror Screen.
We can’t tell you what the actual audio system consists of, although we count seven
speaker grilles. (It’s not detailed in the specs).

Connectivity is supported by three 12-volt sockets (dashboard, rear cabin and load
area) with 1 x USB socket in the front and another 2 x USB in the back for

GT Sport is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. It’s the
same engine as in the GT but has been tuned to produce more power and torque,
with 133kW of power at 5500 rpm and 250Nm of torque at 1650 rpm.

That’s still short of the diesel in terms of torque (130kW/400Nm) but less than the
hybrid for both power and torque (147kW/300Nm).

Drive is to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission with
paddle gear shifts and auto engine stop-start to reduce fuel consumption.

The 3008 scores five stars for safety, with six airbags, autonomous emergency
braking between 5km/h and 140km/h, with cyclist and pedestrian detection as well
as forward collision warning.

Other safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane
positioning assist with road edge detection, blind spot detection, high beam assist
along with speed limit recognition and recommendation.

But take note the safety rating was due to expire at the end of 2022 and presumably
the car needs to be tested again.

Three drive modes are available and activated by a toggle on the centre console:
Normal, Sport and Eco. No need to explain what they do.

Top speed is 222km/h and it does the dash from 0 to 100km/h in a claimed 8.8
seconds. That’s not quick but not too shabby either.

Fuel consumption from the 53-litre tank is a claimed 5.6L/100km and it takes 95
premium unleaded.

3008 is 4447mm long, with a wheelbase of 2675mm and is a cousin to the excellent
Citroen C5 Aircross.

GT and GT Sport feature a different front grille with an elaborate light arrangement
that incorporates Peugeot’s new ‘Fog Mode’ function.

In this mode with low-beam selected the LED headlights operate at reduced intensity
whenever the rear fog lights are activated.

Inside the cabin has a premium upmarket feel and is designed around a tiny steering
wheel and 12.3-inch fully digital instrument panel, the latter located high on the
dashboard, avoiding the need for separate heads-up display.

If you like your wheel set high, as we do, the rim is apt to obscure the instrument
panel which is a bit silly.

Being digital the dash can be configured to display a number of different
configurations, from barebones with just a digital speedo to a more traditional style
with an analogue tacho and speedometer.

It’s pretty cool, especially when the dials fold aside, not to mention the burnished
copper colouring.

The touchscreen is a good size and comes with a row of shiny piano keys below it
for quick access to the most used functions.

The driver’s seat is snug but comfortable, with power adjustment, memory for
settings and a massage function.

Rear legroom is okay but not what we’d describe as generous, with rear air vents, 12
volt and 2 x USB ports, plus a fold-down centre armrest with two cupholders.

The cupholders are only large enough to accommodate a small coffee cup.
Finally, the boot is a good size, with 591 litres of space with the rear seat in use and
hides a space saver spare.

With second row seats folded to transport stuff, the boot floor can be positioned
higher to provide a level load area.

At 1429kg the 3008 is relatively light and it shows in the way the car steers and
handles, as well as in the amount of fuel it uses.

Obviously, the heavier a vehicle is, the more effort it takes to move it.

Performance is fine with a driver and front passenger in place, but you need to work
harder at it with four adults aboard.

Sport mode helps to compensate for the extra weight, but is too busy to use all the
time. Eco is unnecessary.

As smooth as the Aisin tranny might be, there is some lag between pushing the
accelerator and the car responding.

With four aboard the car sits noticeably lower at the back and looks a little meaner.

GT Sport rides on 19-inch alloys, with 205/55 series Michelin rubber. Strangely, the
less expensive GT with 18s gets wider 225s (hybrid with 19s gets 255s).

Ride quality is generally okay and the cabin is genuinely quiet, making for easy
conversation even at motorway speeds – but background noise ramps up on coarse

Little bumps and imperfections are too evident – too often – and could be easily
ironed out with some local suspension tuning as demonstrated by other importers.

Steering and brakes are good, but the brakes can be touchy.

Auto parking is fitted and works with reverse and parallel parking, but doesn’t quite
know what to make of 45-degree rear to kerb parking in many country towns.

No review of this car would be complete without mention of the Euro-style cruise
control stalk.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it is unnecessarily complicated and has
been for years.

In fact, it has been made even more complex by the need to factor in adaptive cruise
and fine adjustment for the gap between you and the vehicle in front.

The last Citroen we drove, the C4 Shine, had seen the light so to speak, with the
operation finally moved to the steering wheel like most other brands.

Why Peugeot persists is a mystery. It’s okay to be different, but not we suggest at
the expense of practicality.

We were getting 6.9L/100km after more than 1000km.

If you’re in the market for a Euro SUV (read not German), the Peugeot 3008 GT
Sport is an impressive alternative.

It looks amazing, it’s comfortable, goes pretty well, doesn’t use much fuel and is
extremely quiet inside.

You can argue the GT Sport is expensive, or view it as a relatively cheap alternative
for those wanting some Euro chic.

The unenviable challenge for Peugeot is getting buyers to accept a car with less
equipment for the same price.

Looks: 8/10
Performance: 7/10
Safety: 8/10
Thirst: 8/10
Practicality: 7.7/10
Comfort: 7.5/10
Tech: 7.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
Overall: 7.6/10


3008 Allure: $50,075
3008 GT Petrol: $53,414
3008 GT Diesel: $56,753
3008 GT Sport: $63,431
3008 GT Sport Plug-In Hybrid AWD: $84,790
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact
your local Peugeot dealer for drive-away prices.

Peugeot 3008 GT Sport 1.6-litre turbo petrol, eight-speed automatic, FWD

Capacity: 1.6 litres
Configuration: Turbocharged, 4-cylinders in-line
Maximum power: 133 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum torque: 250 Nm @ 1650 rpm
Fuel Type: Petrol 95 RON
Combined Cycle (ADR 81/01): 5.6 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 128 g/km

8-sp automatic, front-wheel drive

Length: 4447 mm
Wheelbase: 2675 mm
Width: 2098 mm
Height: 1624 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 53 litres
Turning circle: 10.7 metres
Kerb Mass: 1429 kg

Front: Ventilated disc brakes with sliding calipers and automatic wear adjustments
Rear: Sliding calliper disc brakes

Five years/unlimited kilometres

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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