2021 Peugeot 3008 GT evaluation

French vehicles have been way back overtaken by the Japanese, Korean and Chinese language right here in Australia.

They usually fall into what I name the French automotive entice. They’re both too quirky, alienating conservative consumers if delighting their core supporters, or they’re not fairly attention-grabbing sufficient, which probably alienates core supporters whereas giving all people else no clear motive to make the leap.

Peugeot has been making an attempt one thing a bit completely different currently, significantly with its design language. After lurching from fairly (Nineties) to grotesque (early 2000s) to good-looking if usually inoffensive (2010s), the most recent crop of Peugeots may simply be essentially the most fashionable Pugs because the days of the Pininfarina-designed 406 Coupe.

Whereas there’s a beautiful flagship 508 hatchback and wagon right here now and a brand new technology of 308 small automotive coming quickly, the model’s most vital mannequin is the 3008 mid-sized SUV.

First launched in 2017, it’s been handled to a mid-cycle facelift. The designers haven’t messed with its exterior styling – distinctive, however not so quirky it offends – and have given it a brand new front-end look to align it with the equally vital, all-new 2008 small SUV, together with a ‘frameless’ grille and plunging, LED daytime working gentle and indicator assemblies.

There’s additionally an up to date 5008 SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace to the 3008’s Tiguan. Suffice it to say, Peugeot has come a great distance since restyling Mitsubishi Outlander and ASX crossovers.

Maybe what’s most noticeable about Peugeot’s new automobiles is how premium they appear. These don’t seem like rivals to most mainstream mid-sized SUVs, and as a substitute they seem like they will breathe the extra rarified air of Audis and Volvos.

It’s good they appear the half as a result of, with Peugeot’s present pricing, that’s precisely the aggressive set the 3008 is lurching in direction of in worth.

How a lot does the Peugeot 3008 GT price?

The 2021 Peugeot 3008 vary opens with the Attract at $44,990 earlier than on-road prices. You’ll discover that worth is round the place some rivals prime out – a flagship Nissan X-Path with all-wheel drive prices $45,965 earlier than on-roads.

Stepping as much as the GT petrol raises the worth by $3000 to $47,990 earlier than on-road prices. One other $3000 provides a turbo-diesel powertrain, whereas the vary is topped by the petrol GT Sport at $54,990 earlier than on-roads.

Metallic and premium paint are $690 and $1050 respectively; our tester was painted in premium Final Crimson. Our 3008 additionally included a $3590 choice pack, bringing the grand complete to $52,630 earlier than on-roads.

For context, the Audi Q3 begins at $46,950 earlier than on-roads, although it’s a bit extra stingy with its normal options. A Mazda CX-5 2.5T Akera AWD isn’t, nonetheless, and prices much less at $51,880 earlier than on-roads whereas providing extra efficiency and all-wheel drive.

What do you get?

Within the 3008’s defence, it packs loads of normal equipment proper from the bottom mannequin. This contains:

  • 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • DAB digital radio
  • Satellite tv for pc navigation
  • LED headlights, fog lights and daytime working lights
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Keyless entry and begin
  • Semi-autonomous parking help
  • Twin-zone local weather management
  • Rear privateness glass
  • Fingers-free energy tailgate
  • Wi-fi cellphone charging
  • Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Electrical parking brake
  • Ambient lighting
  • Computerized headlights and wipers
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

The GT provides adaptive LED headlights with static cornering lights, in addition to leather-based and Alcantara upholstery on the seats, sprint and doorways.

The $3590 choice pack drops the Alcantara however provides quilted Nappa leather-based upholstery for the seats and Lime Wooden for the sprint. The entrance seats are additionally heated, whereas the driving force’s seat will get eight-way energy adjustment and massaging performance.

Nappa leather-based upholstery and a massaging driver’s seat are options you’d be hard-pressed to seek out in some luxurious SUVs, not to mention mainstream rivals. Peugeot’s making an attempt to again up its considerably lofty pricing with some substance, then.

Is the Peugeot 3008 GT secure?

The 3008 has a five-star security score from ANCAP primarily based on testing performed in 2016.

It obtained an grownup occupant safety rating of 86 per cent, youngster occupant safety of 85 per cent, pedestrian safety of 67 per cent and security help of 58 per cent.

The 3008’s checklist of normal security gear contains:

  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and bike owner detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep help
  • Driver consideration monitoring
  • Visitors signal recognition
  • Entrance, front-side and curtain airbags
  • Computerized high-beam
  • Adaptive cruise management
  • Entrance and rear parking sensors
  • Encompass-view digicam

GT diesel fashions additionally add cease/go performance to the adaptive cruise management, plus lane-positioning help, however the GT petrol misses out on these – it’s solely accessible with fashions fitted with an eight-speed auto.

The autonomous emergency braking system works between 10 and 140km/h if it detects a shifting automobile, although it’ll solely brake at speeds of as much as 80km/h if it detects a stationary automobile or bike owner.

The automotive will detect and brake for pedestrians at speeds of as much as 60km/h.

What’s the Peugeot 3008 GT like on the within?

That is essentially the most lovely inside within the mid-sized SUV section, bar none. It even places some luxurious rivals to disgrace when it comes to design.

The minimalist centre stack is canted in direction of the driving force, whereas huge reserves of stylish, subdued wooden trim are bathed in tender blue ambient gentle.

The steering wheel options each a flat backside and prime, and is positioned decrease than some rivals’ wheels, affording an undisturbed view of the high-mounted digital instrument cluster. There are additionally substantial paddle shifters mounted on the steering column.

Materials high quality is superb. The dashboard, doorways and the edges of the centre console are swathed in soft-touch plastics, whereas the tougher stuff used on the centre console and decrease sprint function an identical graining so it blends in.

The entrance door pockets are lined in felt, a cultured contact. The lid for the cavernous centre console bin additionally options a number of the softest padding we’ve ever felt on such a chunk.

A scroll wheel on the left-hand facet of the steering wheel means that you can select completely different views for the instrument cluster, whereas the settings button on the touchscreen means that you can swap between blue and copper color schemes for the devices and the infotainment.

There are quite a few completely different views accessible for the cluster, together with a traditional dial set-up (our favorite) and a minimalist one which removes just about all info bar the velocity.

A navigation view additionally tasks a map onto the instrument cluster, although it isn’t anyplace near the extent of element you’ll discover on a Volkswagen Group Digital Cockpit.

One neat contact is how your subsequent flip will likely be depicted in a circle within the instrument cluster even once you’re not on the navigation show. We additionally recognize the matte end for the cluster, which helps cut back glare. A pity the chrome trim round it casts a mirrored image on the windscreen.

On the base of the centre stack is a wi-fi charging pad that’s cleverly tucked away however which nonetheless means that you can see your cellphone. On the centre console, you’ll discover the drive mode selector and the digital handbrake, plus a cool, quasi-pistol grip monostatic gear shifter.

You may assume the squared-off, small steering wheel would take some getting used to however we tailored rapidly. Its leather-based wrapping is a tactile delight, whereas its two-spoke fashion means that you can simply put one in all your arms at six o’clock.

Early on, I had a few moments the place I panicked the wheel was the wrong way up however by the tip of my time with the 3008, utilizing the tiller felt like second nature to me. And although it has an uncommon form, it’s extra Lamborghini Sesto Elemento than Austin Allegro in execution.

Some usability has been sacrificed on the altar of fashion, nonetheless. The row of metal-look toggle switches and the accompanying row of switches under appear and feel good, however in penning a minimalist centre stack, Peugeot’s designers have thrown standard local weather controls on the scrap heap.

Meaning actions so simple as altering the fan velocity or your zone temperature should be completed on the touchscreen. Peugeot has no less than included shortcut buttons on the touchscreen, seen even once you’re utilizing smartphone mirroring.

The row of bodily toggle switches contains one for the hazard lights, however in any other case consists solely of shortcut buttons for the touchscreen.

Considerably unusually, there’s no house display. As a substitute, use the switches to flick between the completely different menus. All that’s lacking is a bodily swap to entry the 2 extra community and miscellaneous settings menus, although shortcut buttons for these are all the time current on the touchscreen.

The varied features on the touchscreen are by far the least spectacular a part of this cabin. The reversing digicam footage high quality is grainy, low-resolution and totally disappointing, whereas the surround-view digicam must steadily construct an image of the world round you earlier than displaying its full picture.

In case you’re driving with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto activated and also you need to change the fan velocity, you have to press the local weather swap and alter the settings on the display.

Then, to return to smartphone mirroring, you have to press the app toggle swap and choose which app you need on the display. It makes easy changes tedious.

Urgent the massaging seat button on the driving force’s seat slowly brings up the menu on the touchscreen however doesn’t really activate the therapeutic massage operate, which requires one more press of the display when there needn’t be one.

No less than as soon as the operate is on, you possibly can take pleasure in a satisfying therapeutic massage on seats which can be already thickly-cushioned and totally snug. You may select between 5 completely different kinds, every with a number of ranges of depth.

There’s a voice immediate button on the steering wheel. This lets you enter a navigation deal with verbally, in addition to change the local weather controls. It understood us pretty nicely and spoke in a stunning, easy-to-understand English accent.

Even once you’re utilizing smartphone mirroring, this button will solely ever activate the manufacturing facility voice immediate system. That’s good as you don’t lose performance when your smartphone is plugged in.


Beautiful, if barely flawed

The 3008’s inside is beautiful and luxurious, although it has some flaws.

There’s no bodily swap for the semi-autonomous parking help like in rivals so geared up, and there’s no Auto Maintain operate. Lane-keeping help, conversely, can solely be toggled utilizing a bodily swap positioned to the precise of the steering wheel.

Whereas we’re speaking switches, the cruise management stalk requires a very good examine earlier than you get out on the street. You get used to it nevertheless it isn’t intuitive at first, with the button on the finish of it used not for beginning and stopping the cruise however somewhat simply pausing it.

Meaning in the event you press it whereas it’s not lively, you merely get an error message saying you possibly can’t carry out that operate at the moment, which isn’t very useful because it doesn’t clarify what the operate is.

Additionally, why are there buttons for quantity on one facet of the steering wheel however a wheel for skipping tracks on the opposite facet? Why not a wheel for each?

Moving into the again, there’s a cushty, Nappa leather-appointed bench with ample headroom and legroom. There are two USB-A shops plus rear air vents, whereas Peugeot designers have proven you possibly can each upholster seatbacks and scoop them out for further knee room.

There’s no arduous, scratchy plastic on the seatbacks, although the tops of the door trims miss out on the soft-touch plastics of the entrance doorways and the pockets lack a felt lining.

There’s solely the slightest enhance in flooring peak for the middle-seat occupant, although the jutting out centre console might intervene with knee room considerably.

The boot has 591L of house measured as much as the window line, which expands to 1670L as much as the roof with the rear seats folded. There’s no trick storage again right here, although there are buttons to drop the rear seats. Beneath the load flooring is a space-saver spare.

We’ve got a few miscellaneous observations to spherical this part off. The mirrors dip once you put the automotive into reverse which is extraordinarily useful when looking for kerbs and parking strains, particularly contemplating the digicam footage is so poor.

Lastly, the beginning button for the automotive requires an unusually agency push to each begin and cease it.

What’s below the bonnet?

Like the bottom Attract, the GT options a normal turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine producing 121kW of energy and 240Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed torque-converter computerized transmission.

There’s no computerized stop-start just like the flagship GT Sport, which additionally upgrades to an eight-speed auto and options a further 12kW and 10Nm.

The GT’s outputs are ample for the category, albeit so-so at this worth level. The bottom naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre 4 within the Mazda CX-5, for instance, produces 140kW and 252Nm. Its non-obligatory turbocharged 2.5-litre, nonetheless, bumps outputs to 170kW and 420Nm.

The mid-range 3008 GT is the one member of the vary to supply the choice of a diesel. It’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit with computerized cease/begin, an eight-speed computerized, and whereas it doesn’t have far more energy (131kW) it has much more torque (400Nm).


Small engine however respectable outputs

The 3008 makes use of a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, although it provides outputs much like larger-engined rivals.

Peugeot claims 0-100km/h occasions of 9.9 seconds for the GT petrol, 8.8 seconds for the GT Sport, and 9.0 seconds for the GT diesel.

All 3008s are front-wheel drive, although there’s an all-wheel drive, plug-in hybrid mannequin coming this yr known as the GT Hybrid4.

It options two 80kW electrical motors, mated with the turbo 1.6-litre petrol and a 13.2kWh battery pack. All up, there’s 221kW of energy and 59km of electrical vary.

A front-wheel drive plug-in hybrid will even be accessible with a single electrical motor, 165kW of energy, and 56km of electrical vary.

How does the Peugeot 3008 GT drive?

Whereas its company cousin the Citroen C5 Aircross touts its “magic carpet journey”, the 3008’s suspension tuning is on the firmer facet of issues.

We took the Peugeot out on some closely rutted rural roads and it was by no means crashy, although it typically took a second to settle from bigger bumps and ruts.

The steering is properly weighted within the default drive mode. Flicking it to Sport simply provides an excessive amount of synthetic weight with no enough payoff when it comes to throttle response to make it price it.

We’d cease wanting calling the 3008 fun-to-drive, although when it comes to dealing with it’s on par with a lot of the mid-sized SUV section. Meaning a contact of understeer, a smidgeon of physique roll, however finally secure, impartial dealing with.

The turbocharged four-cylinder engine feels sprightly sufficient round city, with peak torque accessible at a low 1400rpm. Meaning you hardly ever should put your foot to the ground and, do you have to accomplish that, the 3008’s engine has a greater sound than many rivals punctuated by the occasional whoosh of the turbocharger.

Street noise is stored in examine, with solely the slightest wind noise across the exterior mirrors at freeway speeds.

On steeper grades, the 3008 has to work a bit tougher and but nonetheless upshifts readily, such is the economic system focus of this transmission.

Whereas it does function a turbocharger, that is nonetheless a small-displacement engine with modest outputs. When overtaking or tackling a steep hill, the transmission has to shuffle again a number of gears.

The lane-keeping help doesn’t work as successfully as techniques in Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen merchandise, to call a number of, and employs a “too little, too late” lane-keeping technique.

The GT petrol, together with the bottom Attract, additionally miss out on the lane-positioning help in different 3008 fashions.

How a lot does the Peugeot 3008 GT price to run?

Over a mixture of inner-city, suburban and freeway driving, we averaged 7.7L/100km.

That’s not too far off the claimed 7.0L/100km for the GT, which unusually drinks much less gas than the Attract (7.3L/100km) with which it shares its powertrain. The 3008 requires 95RON premium unleaded gas.

It’s lined by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee, with Peugeot additionally providing 5 years of capped-price servicing. Servicing intervals are each 12 months or 20,000km, whichever comes first.

There’s not a lot separating the three completely different 3008 powertrains when it comes to servicing prices. The GT petrol’s first 5 providers price $397, $775, $397, $788 and $410, or $2768 all up over 5 years.

The 20,000km intervals are longer than most rivals however the service costs are dearer.

A Toyota RAV4, for instance, requires servicing each 12 months or 15,000km and prices $215 for its first 4 providers, whereas a Nissan X-Path prices a median of $327 for its first 5 providers.

Even an Audi Q3 prices barely much less to service over 5 years at $2630 if you buy the pre-paid plan.

As all the time, it’s price evaluating the 3008’s capped-price servicing with rivals, making an allowance for the completely different intervals and what’s included in every log-book service.

CarExpert’s tackle the Peugeot 3008 GT

The 3008 is the sweetness queen of the mid-sized SUV section, however there’s substance right here too.

Its journey and dealing with are stable, whereas its stylish cabin is properly hushed and its prepared (if solely adequately highly effective) engine sings all the precise notes.

That worth will likely be an obstacle for some consumers, although even the redesigned Hyundai Tucson is $50,000 earlier than on-roads in top-spec Highlander trim with an identically-sized engine.


A facelift that works

The 3008 was already a looker, however that is one facelift that is not a backwards step.

Put the 3008 in opposition to a Lexus NX or Audi Q3 and it seems to be like good worth, however pit it in opposition to a Mazda CX-5 turbo and its worth proposition will get shakier. Its servicing prices are on the excessive facet, too.

The infotainment system and controls want some finessing, whereas the reversing and surround-view cameras should be discarded fully and changed with respectable ones.

In the end, the 3008 avoids the “French automotive entice”. It isn’t quirky to the purpose of alienating conservative consumers, whereas its futuristic, upscale styling inside and outside makes it an actual crowd pleaser.

With a bit further energy or a bit decrease of a worth, the 3008 may supply fashion and substance in equal measure.

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