This just in: Peugeot has decided to stop being weird with its 3008 and reinvent it as a conventional SUV. The kind we Kiwis like.
The Europeans certainly like the all-new 3008, because it was voted Euro Car of the Year 2017. The new model is now available in New Zealand, at prices from $39,990 to $54,990, with turbopetrol or turbo-diesel power.
While the 3008 has gone from space-pod to conventional-SUV proportions, it’s unlikely to blend into the crowd. Peugeot has gone pretty big on the bling – it’s striking on the outside and even more individual on the inside. It won’t appeal to everybody, but then good things never do. Size-wise we’d call it almost-medium: the wheelbase is the same as a Mazda CX-5 or Kia Sportage, but it’s shorter overall than either.
If diesel is falling out of favour in Europe, somebody forgot to tell Peugeot. Half the Kiwi 3008 range is compressionignition (HDi in Peugeot’s language) and indeed, our flagship GT model is only available with a 2-litre turbodiesel (there’s also a 1.6-litre HDi offered for the lower-spec Allure). It’s as clean as it can be, though: every engine in the 3008 range is Euro 6-compliant.
It’s a grunty thing, with enough torque to keep the front