Peugeot 3008

Peugeot’s 3008 has proven to be one of Peugeot’s more pop­u­lar prod­ucts with the op­tion of an Ac­tive, Al­lure and a GT spec­i­fi­ca­tion level and petrol, petrol or diesel and diesel only, re­spec­tively.

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You might think then, that there is a 3008 for all com­ers, but Ki­wis be­ing Ki­wis, we wanted bits from this and bobs from that so Peugeot NZ went back to the land of Brie and Camem­bert and said: “build us one of th­ese, to this spec’ and watch. We’ll sell them.” Amaz­ingly, the French mar­que agreed, de­liv­er­ing the 3008 GT Line – which is what ex­actly? Cer­taine­ment, you get style and flair with a black di­a­mond roof sup­port­ing the roof bars found on the Al­lure, glossy black, door mir­ror shells and a sports-styled front bumper, but it takes a closer look in­side this five-seat SUV to find the magic. Peugeot has cre­ated a next gen­er­a­tion i-cock­pit for the 3008 range, de­signed to im­merse the driver into the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. All con­trols in the i-cock­pit an­gle to­wards the driver, con­ve­niently show­ing off the qual­ity and fin­ish of the var­i­ous tac­tile sur­faces of the cabin, where bor­ing plas­tic has clearly been banned. The steer­ing wheel has been el­e­gantly ‘"squashed’’ giv­ing it an odd ap­pear­ance, but an er­gonom­i­cally de­light­ful dif­fer­ent ap­proach to ve­hi­cle steer­ing which works very ef­fec­tively. On the driver’s left is the shifter, though in fact it re­sem­bles the cyclic con­trol of a he­li­copter, com­plete with can­non but­ton on the side – ac­tu­ally, this just makes shift­ing eas­ier, though the idea of a can­non is strangely ap­peal­ing. Above that are air­craft -inspired switches for in-cabin com­fort fea­tures and off to the far left is the ad­vanced grip con­trol se­lec­tor dial to take you places you might want to use an SUV to visit. Oh, and just be­fore we move away from this area, there’s an enor­mous cen­tre con­sole for your flight plans, charts, twolitre bot­tles of milk et al, which means your tra­di­tional glove­box only needs to carry, well, gloves. An eight-inch ca­pac­i­tive (brighter, more sen­si­tive and multi-touch ca­pa­ble) screen pro­vides a mul­ti­func­tional in­ter­face be­tween the driver and fea­tures like the satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion (com­plete with three-di­men­sional im­agery of build­ings for ma­jor cen­tres), the au­dio sys­tem, cli­mate con­trol and the abil­ity to ‘am­plify’ ve­hi­cle set­tings be­tween ‘re­lax’ and ‘boost’, which is what you want after a hard day, as it in­ten­si­fies the driver’s seat mas­sage func­tion. Yes, a mas­sage func­tion. The best bit though, is the Steam punk­in­spired, mind-bend­ing dash dis­play that makes the tra­di­tional twin dial in­stru­ment clus­ter look so bor­ing. It’s ru­ined my im­pres­sion of clearly dis­played in­for­ma­tion for life. You can change flat-face di­als to wind­ing cop­per bands for your en­gine rpms and speed for in­stance. There are other ways which the crit­i­cal driver in­for­ma­tion is dis­played, but the cop­per ban­gles are es­pe­cially pleas­ant. The 3008 GT Line is more of a World of Wear­able art for the au­to­mo­bile, but in say­ing that, the ba­sics of what makes a good SUV are still present. It’s roomy, has great cargo space, a good view of the world around you, while ac­quit­ting it­self well in terms of han­dling and road­go­ing de­port­ment. The 3008 GT Line is clearly a bou­tique car from Peugeot, but we sus­pect this spec­i­fi­ca­tion level – or at least el­e­ments of it – will fil­ter through to other ve­hi­cles bear­ing the box­ing Lion badge.

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