Comfy Ac­tive wear

Guardian Express - - DRIVEWAY - Craig Duff

AT first glance, the Peu­geot 3008 at $37,990 drive­away isn’t cheap com­pared to ri­vals but the Ac­tive is ef­fec­tively com­pet­ing with mid-spec op­po­si­tion mod­els, mak­ing the deal more than com­pet­i­tive.

Stan­dard are an eight­inch 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 high­mounted 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 fiveyear war­ranty.

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.

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.

The 1.6-litre four-cylin­der turbo (121kW/ 240Nm) drives the front wheels through a six-speed 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 lowspeed humps and mid-cor­ner coun­try road cor­ru­ga­tions.

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

The Peu­geot 3008.

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