Peu­geot 3008 Al­lure

Peu­geot 3008 Al­lure RM147,090.75

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WE SAY: STYLE? DEF­I­NITELY. CHIC? OH, YES. PER­FOR­MANCE? AHA. THERE’S MORE…

Reg­u­lar read­ers may re­mem­ber our jaunt with Peu­geot’s then just re­leased sec­ond gen­er­a­tion 3008 cross­over about a year ago – a quick me­dia drive to Taip­ing, Perak, and back to Kuala Lumpur. Even then, it was easy to de­duce Peu­geot had given it­self a steady con­tender in this hotly con­tested cross­over seg­ment.

Fast for­ward to the present and, un­like our last out­ing, we fi­nally had de­cent time be­hind the wheel of one re­cently, mean­ing we could test it more prop­erly. So, af­ter go­ing through an en­tire week­end of typ­i­cal and not so typ­i­cal rou­tines with it, here’s what is in store for those who dare to be dif­fer­ent…

At a glance, as you would most likely know, it’s re­fresh­ingly stylish, posh grille, mod­ern LED head­lights and tail lights, 18-inch al­loy wheels, gen­er­ous chrome trim­ming and all. In­side, the cabin is as chic. Roomy enough, up­mar­ket and very mod. Be­sides the plush leather, soft touch plas­tics and high-end fab­ric, there’s the avi­a­tion-in­spired, sig­na­ture Peu­geot i-Cock­pit de­sign.

Of sub­stance too are its dig­i­tal and very in­ter­ac­tive in­stru­ment dis­play and touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment screen, crisp-sound­ing Arkamys six-speaker sound sys­tem, dual zone au­to­matic

cli­mate con­trol with rear vents, elec­tric driver seat ad­just­ment, and key­less en­try and ig­ni­tion.

In looks, feel and fea­tures count, the 3008 is matched by only a hand­ful of its ri­vals. Nev­er­the­less, there’s fierce com­pe­ti­tion from that hand­ful and it needs more than just those at­tributes to put up a fight – that it has. That lit­tle bit of ‘ex­tra’ is seen in the way the 3008 per­forms, thanks to a dy­namic chas­sis and a re­vised drivetrain.

In harness is a re­vised ver­sion of Peu­geot’s sig­na­ture 1.6-litre THP tur­bocharged petrol four-cylin­der mill that de­liv­ers a de­cent 165bhp and 240Nm, the torque pitch­ing in from as low as 1,400rpm. Typ­i­cal of Peu­geot, all that power and torque is de­liv­ered to the front wheels, and tasked with man­ag­ing it is an Aisin-sourced 6-speed au­to­matic.

The abun­dant torque from low to mid-range gives the 3008 de­cent off-the-line ac­cel­er­a­tion. Typ­i­cally Euro­pean too is its abil­ity to cruise at higher than av­er­age (read Au­to­bahn­like) speeds on high­ways. If driven right, it’s quite eco­nom­i­cal, av­er­ag­ing seven litres/100km.

Its chas­sis ar­chi­tec­ture, to­tally new when this gen­er­a­tion came into be­ing, com­pletes the per­for­mance pack­age. It’s, per­haps, the 3008’s best char­ac­ter­is­tic on the go. Travers­ing the ur­ban jun­gle’s pothole-rid­den paths is a cinch thanks to the 3008’s long travel sus­pen­sion, slightly lifted height, sub­lime damp­ing and driver-friendly elec­tric power steer­ing sys­tem.

So, good road man­ners, then. Com­pa­ra­ble to, if not bet­ter than, its main ri­vals. Even when the go­ing gets

a lit­tle rough, it has an an­swer in the form of a multi-ter­rain drive mode se­lec­tor. It came in handy when we found our­selves on some typ­i­cal dirt roads go­ing through a small kam­pong dur­ing a short fam­ily daytrip.

While full-blown, rough ter­rain isn’t its forte, the fact that it can take some of the rough stuff some­what off­sets the 3008’s mi­nor quirks. For in­stance, we reckon the ad­di­tion of a pow­ered tail­gate – a fea­ture com­mon to a num­ber of its ri­vals – would make the usual gro­cery or school run eas­ier. We’re also cer­tain plenty of folks will find the steer­ing wheel to be a tad too small.

How­ever, these short­com­ings aren’t deal break­ers given how many safety fea­tures are built into it. Be­sides the stan­dard six airbags, anti-lock brakes and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, Peu­geot has in­stalled, for ex­am­ple, blind-spot in­for­ma­tion sys­tem and lane-de­par­ture warn­ing for good mea­sure.

Over­all, the Peu­geot 3008 isn’t en­tirely per­fect – which car is? – but it’s def­i­nitely far from dull or run of the mill. It has as much per­for­mance, ver­sa­til­ity and safety as its peers – and that cer­tain French flair most ur­ban folks will un­doubt­edly ap­pre­ci­ate.

They might also ap­pre­ci­ate its price, which starts from RM147,090.75 and is rea­son­able, to say the least. Though pricier than most of its Asian ri­vals, it’s more af­ford­able than its chief

Euro­pean ri­vals. The price in­cludes a five-year or 120,000km war­ranty, which should some­what quell any un­ease about own­er­ship. THORIQ AZMI

“In looks, feel and fea­tures count, the 3008 is matched by only a hand­ful of its ri­vals”

In­ter­ac­tive in­stru­ment dis­play has three dif­fer­ent out­looks to choose from

Head- and le­groom are de­cent, and there’s a rear air-cond vent here too

Pow­er­ad­justable, and has mem­ory func­tion too

01 Switchgear de­sign comes straight out of the avi­a­tion world 02 The gear shifter’s de­sign is yet an­other novel quirk 03 Some may find the 3008’s steer­ing wheel size a tad small 04 In­ter­ac­tive 8-inch touch­screen is a breeze to master 05 In case you haven’t fig­ured, the in­stru­ment panel is fully dig­i­tal too

Claw-like tail­light graph­icsare hard to miss

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