Sam says it’s just right

 

I was looking forward to jumping into the Peugeot 3008 again because my last experience in a 3008 was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I did not, however, expect this time to be quite as fantastic as my first experience in the 3008 was in the GT Line. I was not expecting it to pull out all the stops like the GT Line does.

 

Yet, even without ‘cat paw’ seat massagers, the diesel model of Peugeot 3008 still did not disappoint. The manufacturer skilfully balances out luxury and practicality while still delivering a fantastic drive.

 

With a 4-cylinder, 2.0 Turbo-Diesel engine, you can expect 110 kW of power and 370 Nm of torque giving you a powerful drive and great handling. I had to put a little more effort into ensuring I did not speed. You quickly reach higher speeds and the handling ensures that it certainly does not feel like you are going as fast as the speedometer indicates.

 

The manufacturer has long prided itself on their diesel engines and its efficiency and sophistication. Its new addition 3008is no exception. The claimed average fuel consumption is 5L/100km. I managed to achieve 7.3L/100km which is not quite as good but still impressive. With the continually rising fuel prices, an SUV with single digit consumption is appealing.

 

For those concerned about the impact of diesel on the environment the Peugeot 3008 has Co2 emissions of just136g/km. The diesel particulate filter is the most efficient solution in the automotive industry today. The most recent, the additive particulate filter, eliminates 99.9% of the particulates emitted by a diesel engine.

 

Design

Someone pointed out that various aspects of the Peugeot 3008’s design are similar to a few other vehicles. I could see what they said if I studied the car. Yet, unlike the observer, it is definitely not enough to put me off the 3008. It is a sleek car that attracts a lot of attention. A couple of times I caught people standing and staring at it.

 

I’ve said this a few times and again it has left me confused. While it has many features, there is no rear parking camera. It does not make sense to me to leave out something that is a major draw card for many consumers in a car that costs over 400k.

 

For buyers in this segment, the Peugeot 3008 is a strong contender. While I enjoyed the gimmicks of the GT Line, Peugeot 3008 2.0HDi Allure, makes more sense to me.The fuel efficiency, appealing design and powerful drive offer everything you need.

 

Good to know

The specs

Engine:  2.0 turbo-diesel

Power: 110 kW

Torque:  370 Nm

Claimed fuel efficiency: 5.0L/100 km

Price: starting from R491 900

Warranties: three year / 100 000km warranty, four year / 60 000km service plan

 

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