Peugeot recently launched not one, but two new models in their range and Behind the Wheel went along for the ride.
The latest incarnation of the 3008 has been officially reclassified as a small SUV - which doesn’t make any difference to the everyday buyer - and sports a new grille, headlamps and tail lamps.
Either way it’s a strange looking car.
With a front end you could liken more to a people mover than an SUV it isn’t the most attractive in shape, though lines are sleek with the usual European styling.
The interior isn’t any more regular particularly along the dash, from the cockpit-style switches on the centre console to the pop-up touchscreen and heads-up display.
The large centre console possesses a weirdly arranged set of stereo and A/C buttons and a passenger side handle. It also impedes on the driver’s space with the extra high foot rest adding to the feeling of claustrophobia.
One other minor grievance is the location of the steering wheel controls mounted on stalks behind the wheel instead of on the face making it hard to see your selections.
So we’ve pointed out the bad and ugly, time for the good.
Sat nav and reversing camera comes standard, plus dual zone climate control with rear air vents, electric parking brake, 17” alloy wheels and, as mentioned, a driver’s side pop up HUD that displays a projection of the speedometer.
The 3008 comes in only two models; the Active turbo petrol ($35,490) and the Active turbo diesel ($38,990) but does have a Premium Pack option which may as well be another variant.
The optional extras include leather trim heated seats in the front, retractable blinds for the rear passengers and colour HUD, and a very cool full panoramic roof. Have the sun on your skin without the wind in your hair.
But the biggest selling point of the 3008 is the practicality and storage capability.
Starting at the back there is a split tailgate allowing for better access and a flat surface to place things. The boot space is ample with a removable floor that is adjustable to 3 different depths.
For more space, the rear seats fold down and can be disengaged with a boot release latch. And for those extra long items the front passenger seat also folds down flat extending the available space to a length of 2.5m.
And as if that isn’t enough there is underfloor storage at the feet of the rear passengers.
We drove both models from Sydney down to the little town of Picton and back up through the Royal National Park.
The 3008 took on the country roads and was sure and steady with good handling and suspension for a generally comfortable ride.
The drive has some life to it with the turbocharged engine pushing it along.
The Peugeot 3008 is a great vehicle for those weekend getaways or for a trip to Bunnings while doing it with some style and comfort.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Peugeot 3008
Engine: 1.6 litre turbo petrol producing 115kW and 240Nm
Or 2.0 litre turbo diesel producing 120kW and 340Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $35,490