‘There’s some­thing so al­lur­ing and beau­ti­ful about the French’

Top Gear (Philippines) - - Peugeot Crossovers -

The 2008’s in­te­rior is as at­trac­tive as her ex­te­rior. She re­minds me of the 208 GTi I drove in 2016, only she has a six-speed slush­box and a higher seat­ing po­si­tion. She en­joys tak­ing on the trails around the Fun Farm, show­ing that she’s a ca­pa­ble cross­over as well. This one’s def­i­nitely the most youth­ful of the three, and it’s easy to imag­ine a young crowd lin­ing up for her. She’s the epit­ome of fun and care­free French style.

My next ac­quain­tance is the 5008, which feels more like the fa­ther fig­ure of this group. Yes, it’s a he. The old it­er­a­tion was much like ac­tor Gérard Depar­dieu (tal­ented but with so-so looks), while this new one seems to have got­ten cos­metic surgery and un­der­gone a gru­el­ing train­ing pro­gram to be­come as tough as pro foot­baller Olivier Giroud.

The 5008 is def­i­nitely the longer ver­sion of the 3008. He has so many things in com­mon with his com­pact coun­ter­part, but he’s an hon­est seven-seater and has the most com­pli­ant ride in the group, thanks to the long wheel­base. In the premium mid-size category, he’s per­haps the only one that can trans­port seven pas­sen­gers in com­fort, while also hav­ing enough stor­age space (in­clud­ing under the sec­ond-row floor lin­ing).

This hand­some but heavy-duty trans­porter is bound to please an av­er­age-size fam­ily for years to come. With a pow­er­house 1.6-liter tur­bocharged en­gine and the Ad­vanced Grip Con­trol sys­tem, he can climb su­per-steep moun­tains and tackle var­i­ous road con­di­tions without fal­ter­ing.

All eyes are now on the 3008, who oc­cu­pies the sweet spot be­tween the two other crossovers. Her di­men­sions and de­sign are per­fect, in my opinion. She com­bines beauty, re­fine­ment, and a bit of a wild edge, able to purr grace­fully or roar with very distin­guished pres­ence.

Sport­ing the same tech and driv­ing fea­tures as the 5008, she is the more en­gag­ing beast to drive. Her ver­sa­tile ca­pa­bil­ity in both ur­ban and coun­try set­tings is a lovely trait. She even has a strong ten­dency to draw the at­ten­tion of on­look­ers with her sul­try shape.

For­give me if I come across as hav­ing a midlife cri­sis, but I think I may have fi­nally met the 20-year-old Vir­ginie Le­doyen in cross­over form. I’m def­i­nitely in­fat­u­ated once more. Yes, she’s French, but she doesn’t re­quire me to speak a word of French—and we get along like foie gras and cham­pagne. Thanks to Peu­geot’s knack for im­bu­ing its cars with dis­tinctly French styling and quirks, my long­time fan­tasy was some­how ful­filled.

Tiny tiller is a Peu­geot sta­ple. It’s a joy to hold and handle We’d like to see this brand as com­mon as the carabao one day All the information is packed into a tiny in­stru­ment clus­ter

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