COMFY AC­TIVE WEAR

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VALUE

At first glance the Peu­geot 3008 at $37,990 drive-away isn’t cheap com­pared to ri­vals but the Ac­tive is ef­fec­tively com­pet­ing with mid­spec op­po­si­tion mod­els, mak­ing the deal more than com­pet­i­tive. Stan­dard are an eight-inch touch­screen with sat­nav, dig­i­tal ra­dio and smart­phone mir­ror­ing, wire­less phone charg­ing, roof rails, dual-zone air­con with rear air vents, auto wipers and (halo­gen) head­lamps and 17-inch al­loy wheels. The cabin has a high-mounted dig­i­tal in­stru­ment panel in lieu of a head-up dis­play. The Ac­tive misses out on the re­verse and par­al­lel park­ing soft­ware found in the rest of the 3008 range. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 12 months/ 20,000km and capped pric­ing is $1709 for three years, or $2977 for the du­ra­tion of the five-year war­ranty.

COM­FORT

The in­te­rior is one of the best in the game in terms of qual­ity ma­te­ri­als for the price. The fab­ric seats are easy to clean and com­fort­able on long hauls, and the chrome switchgear below the in­fo­tain­ment screen is classy and en­gages with a pre­mium-feel­ing click. The se­cond row has enough head and legroom to han­dle hefty adults. As in most SUVs, the cen­tre pew lacks the com­fort of the out­board seats. Boot space is a solid 591L, ex­pand­ing to al­most 1700L with the rear seats folded.

SAFETY

The base 3008 didn’t come with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing when the car launched last year. It was a $1500 op­tion, though bun­dled with adap­tive cruise con­trol. AEB is stan­dard now, along with lane-de­par­ture alert, traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion and intelligent speed adap­ta­tion, which gives an alert if the driver is ex­ceed­ing the speed limit de­tected by the cam­era. Adap­tive cruise con­trol and blind-spot warn­ing aren’t stan­dard. ANCAP gave the 3008 five stars last year. Adult oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion was scored at 86 per cent, let down by a mar­ginal rat­ing for the driver’s chest in the off­set frontal crash.

DRIV­ING

The 1.6-litre four-cylin­der turbo (121kW/ 240Nm) drives the front wheels through a sixspeed au­to­matic. Out­puts don’t sound thrilling but it pro­pels the 3008 to 100km/h in 9.9 sec­onds and in the real world the SUV is rarely found want­ing for ac­cel­er­a­tion. Thirst is 7.0L/100km in com­bined driv­ing or 9.8L around town. The ride is bet­ter than most Euro cars, with de­cent com­pli­ance over low-speed humps

and mid-cor­ner coun­try road cor­ru­ga­tions.

AL­TER­NA­TIVES MAZDA CX-5 MAXX SPORT $35,990 DRIVE-AWAY

The 2.0-litre engine is less pow­er­ful and haul­ing al­most 200kg more, though fuel use is com­pa­ra­ble and it uses only reg­u­lar un­leaded. It packs ac­tive safety soft­ware but misses out on smart­phone mir­ror­ing.

RE­NAULT KOLEOS ZEN 4X2 $33,990 DRIVE-AWAY

It has AEB, blind spot and lane-de­par­ture alerts but lacks the fi­nesse — in­side and out — of the Peu­geot. Its nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 2.5-litre engine is less pow­er­ful and uses more fuel.

HONDA CR-V VTI-S FROM $36,620 DRIVE-AWAY

Al­most a match for per­for­mance and ver­sa­til­ity but loses ground to the 3008 on style and stan­dard safety.

VER­DICT

If style drives you, the Peu­geot is hard to look past. It isn’t hugely pop­u­lar but de­serves to be.

SHORT CUT — PEU­GEOT 3008 AC­TIVE

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