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