Peugeot's All-New 3008 SUV Tested In Top GT Form
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
Last month Peugeot's all-new 3008 hit the showrooms. Building on the strengths of the previous model, the French manufacturer has gone to great lengths to ensure its popular SUV can compete with the ever expanding range of talented opposition.
The second generation 3008 is completely new from the ground up and bears little resemblance to its MPV forebear. Atop the new lightweight chassis sits a stylish new body, which boasts showroom appeal in spades.
A large range of efficient engines are offered, namely two petrol and four diesels. Best seller is predicted to be the 120hp 1.6-litre diesel mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
On test here however is the top GT model which comes with a powerful 181hp 2.0-litre diesel engine and six-speed automatic gearbox.
Weighing in at a heavy £32,995 before options, it is hard to imagine many buyers being drawn to this particular 3008 derivative.
For a third less cash (£21,795), a range-opening 'Active' model can be on your driveway.
High list prices will be offset by some excellent finance deals, says Peugeot. Pop down a deposit of just £1,404 and then pay £288.99 every month for three years and the Active can be yours (APR 1.9%). At the end, pay the balance to keep the car, hand it back or part exchange it for another new car.
Back to the GT test car and it is easy to be impressed by the powerful diesel engine. The 0-62mph sprint time of 8.9 seconds is competitive and is easy to attain, thanks in part to the smooth-changing automatic gearbox.
Frugality is promised with 58.9mpg the official figure for the combined cycle. Gentle running saw around 50mpg on the trip computer, with the overall economy for my week settling at 46mpg.
CO2 emissions are low at just 124g/km, a great boon for those running the 3008 GT as a company vehicle.
My challenging local test route threw up no unpleasant surprises and whilst the 3008 is not as much fun to hustle along as the new SEAT Ateca, the light steering and high levels of grip ensure a safe and secure drive.
Select Sport mode and the steering weights up and the throttle becomes more responsive. It was my default option.
The GT boasts a generally comfortable ride, but some patches of badly maintained road can send shock waves through the cabin. The 19" wide alloy wheels and low profile tyres are no doubt partly responsible.
Wind noise at high speed is commendably absent, with just a little road noise spoiling the calm of the cabin.
I'm guessing that most buyers of this type of car are perhaps more interested in practicality than driving dynamics and here Peugeot has played its trump card by producing a classy and spacious cabin.
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The quality of trim materials is especially impressive for this class of car and is something way above anything Peugeot has offered before. In this regards, the 3008 makes some its rivals seem rather dowdy in comparison.
All 3008 models are well equipped, but GT models sport such niceties as adaptive cruise control, a panoramic opening glass roof and electric leather-clad front seats complete with massage function.
Much as I enjoyed the top 3008 GT model, it is hard to recommend at over £35,000 as tested. Rein in the spend to a mid-spec 'Allure' model with the 1.6-litre diesel engine and the price drops to just over £25,000. Now it all starts to make sense.
Peugeot 3008 GT BlueHDi 180
Price £32,995 (£35,860 as tested)
Amazonite/Nera Coupe Franche paint (£1,300)
180hp 2.0-litre diesel engine
Six-speed automatic gearbox
0-62mph in 8.9 seconds
Top speed 131mph
Combined economy 58.9mpg
Emissions 124g/km CO2
Insurance group 24E
Peugeot's All-New 3008 SUV Tested In Top GT Form , 22nd February 2017, 14:38 PM