Test Drive: Peugeot 3008, the SUV That Blew My Mind
You’ve probably heard about Peugeot’s much-raved-about 3008 SUV, and it totally impressed our Automologist, KEVIN, during a recent test drive. So much so that he almost wants one for himself.
I was given the opportunity to test drive Peugeot’s 3008 SUV for over a week and I must admit: I was reluctant to give it back.
From its sculptured design that looks like a middleweight fighter to its exuberant interior, this SUV gives you a huge bang for your buck.
I took temporary possession of the Magnetic Blue car from Peugeot’s headquarters in Glenmarie, Kuala Lumpur. The 3008 is striking at first glance and effects a double take in passers-by. Its stance was akin to a big cat ready to pounce. As it says on its official website, it has a “sleek design” and “this distinct SUV combines robustness with elegance”. I concur. No wonder it won the 2017 European Car of the Year.
On the outside, it has full LED headlamps, supplemented with cool ‘Claw Effect’ 3D LED taillights. With its 18” alloy rims wrapped ContiCrossContact tyres, I knew the ride would be engaging.
Regarding the interior, I take my hat off to Peugeot’s design team for creating a terrific cabin.
The seating position was just right for me, with a slightly higher stance than my MINI. The driver enjoys ultimate comfort in the 8-way driver power seat.
The leather-trimmed steering is something quite different from the norm: a hexagon-shaped piece with paddle shifters. It takes some getting used to. A 12.3” fully digital head-up cluster display can be reconfigured into different modes, depending on what you want to see and how you want to see it.
You get a top layer dashboard and then a lower section which protrudes slightly, and then an upward-wrapping console and a piano-key toggle with satin chrome finish menu buttons.
The 8-inch Capacitive centre touchscreen technology gives you smartphone-like response and in keeping with PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® theme, the touchscreen is angled towards the driver.
Here are some of the features :
• Automatic dual zone climate control (all versions)
• DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting) (all versions)
• Mirrorscreen: (Apple CarPlay® and Mirrorlink®) (all versions)
Peugeot Mirror Screen® uses the following systems:
• Apple CarPlay® : Just plug in your iPhone* to make calls, send and receive messages, listen to music and get directions. Functions can either be controlled via the touchscreen or Siri voice control.
• Mirror Link®: Offering similar functionality to CarPlay®, Mirror Link® allows the seamless pairing of a compatible* Android phone to access to navigation, music and phone apps.
The 3008 has adequate luggage space: 520 litres of it; drop the rear seats using the levers in the boot and the space grows to an impressive 1,580 litres.
The engine is a 1.6THP unit that churns out an impressive 165 bhp and 240 Nm of torque as early as 1400rpm. There are 5 driving modes: Normal, Mud, Sand, Snow and ESP off. I took it for a spin along the B-roads in Kuala Klawang and for some slight off-road action, and it performed beyond expectations.
The 3008 offer driving aids such as Front & Rear Park Assist, Hill Start Assist, 180* Reverse Camera, Lane Departure Warning, and Driver Attention Alert. Safety-wise, it comes with 6 airbags, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) to name a few, and has a frame that is of high-strength structure. This SUV did win the 5-Star Euro NCAP.
One thing’s for sure, at a price of RM154,888 (approx. USD37,095) on-the-road w/o insurance and 5-year or 120,000km warranty, this SUV is definitely worth every cent.