peu­geot 3008 1,6 THP Ac­tive AT

Car (South Africa) - - TEST -

I’m a firm be­liever in a daily driver ful­fill­ing mul­ti­ple roles. Tow­ing a trailer with a Panam­era? Why not. Us­ing an MX-5 to buy plants at a nurs­ery? Sure.

Util­is­ing a 3008 to move house? En­tirely doable. The mid­size Peu­geot that’s smaller in stature to what you may think re­cently helped me cart a jumble of per­sonal ef­fects to my new place. A num­ber of pic­tures, a pair of kitchen stools, a safe and boxes of wine neatly fit­ted into the cargo bay. The next day, it swal­lowed nine over­stuffed black bags of clothes and bed­ding on their way to a char­ity shop. It’s a marvel of pack­ag­ing, mea­sur­ing less than 4,5 me­tres long yet of­fer­ing a fam­ily-sized boot and oo­dles of rear legroom.

It’s also more re­fined than a num­ber of other mid­size SUVS which have re­cently vis­ited the CAR garage. At 120 km/h, chats with back­seat oc­cu­pants re­quire no more than a gen­tly raised voice in­stead of the slightly deliri­ous-sound­ing vol­ume other crossovers de­mand.

No­ticed an odd quirk this month: the wipers have an auto set­ting but no ad­just­ment for the sen­si­tiv­ity. Some­one at Peu­geot clearly be­lieved putting the sys­tem on hy­per alert is the an­swer. A driz­zle sets the wipers off on a con­stant wipe and the vigour with which they at­tempt to clean the screen only ramps up from there. They also don’t run out of steam when the ve­hi­cle comes to a halt at a traf­fic light, right at the point where other cars de­sen­si­tise their sys­tems.

Un­like those wipers, the 1,6 THP’S con­sump­tion has set­tled nicely, main­tain­ing an av­er­age just south of 9,0 L/ 100 km de­spite be­ing con­fined to ur­ban driv­ing this month. As I type this, I’m plan­ning a 1 000 km fes­tive sea­son trip in­clud­ing lots of steady free­way driv­ing that should see the 3008’s av­er­age dip to nearer 8,0, a good deal more im­pres­sive than the Kuga’s on page 96.

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