Car (South Africa) - - TEST -

THE 3008 has qui­etly (in more ways than one) but con­fi­dently con­tin­ued its quest to charm the CAR team. This month, fea­tures writer Wil­helm and pho­tog­ra­pher Peet (who snapped the lovely pic above) vis­ited the Free State on as­sign­ment for a string of ex­cit­ing up­com­ing mag­a­zine fea­tures and they raved about the Peu­geot’s ab­sorbent ride, classy in­te­rior and punchy 1,6-litre pow­er­train fol­low­ing the jour­ney of 2 800 km.

Wil­helm also liked the gen­eral re­fine­ment at speed but com­mented on the quiv­er­ing bon­net, es­pe­cially in the back­draft of a pass­ing truck. It’s some­thing I’ve no­ticed too; I’ve checked and re- checked the hinges and lock, but they’re all sound. Must be down to a de­sign quirk.

Later in the month, tech­ni­cal editor Ni­col spent a week with the 3008 and I was ea­ger to hear the com­ments from some­one who drives a ri­val ve­hi­cle. Com­pared with his Kuga long-ter­mer, Ni­col ap­pre­ci­ated the lower fuel con­sump­tion (although that’s taken a beat­ing this month; I can only con­clude our heavy-footed tech editor ap­pre­ci­ated the 121 kw en­gine a touch more than he’d care to ad­mit) and softer ride, although he men­tioned the tor­sion-beamed 3008’s high-speed com­po­sure can be up­set by abrupt sur­face scars.

On the topic of con­sump­tion, I find it cu­ri­ous this 3008 doesn’t have a fuel-sav­ing stop/start func­tion like the 308 tested on page 72, but I’m thank­ful, too, as it’s a fea­ture that’s of­ten more an­noy­ing than help­ful.

At­ten­tive read­ers might re­mem­ber I men­tioned in a pre­vi­ous up­date the 3008’s steer­ing-wheel boss creaks and that Peu­geot Cape Town promised to or­der a re­place­ment for the cracked part caus­ing the squeak and give me a ring when it ar­rives. That hap­pened four months ago and I’ve yet to be con­tacted. The 15 000 km ser­vice is fast ap­proach­ing and I’ll wait until then to have the steer­ing wheel seen to. That should be the sole ad­di­tional task on the job sheet, too, be­cause this Peu­geot feels rock solid and barely shows any use.

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