1 Jun 2010
Not quite a compact SUV, not quite a people mover, the FWD, 5-seat Peugeot 3008 had a dash of both. Based on the 308 small-car, it embodied those very Gallic traits of being hard to classify and distinctively designed, with an exceptional interior and comfortable ride.
The range started with the $35,990 entry level 3008 XSE with a 1.6-litre turbo-charged petrol engine offering 115kW at 5800rpm and 240Nm at 1400rpm. This petrol engine had a six-speed automatic transmission only, together providing combined fuel consumption of 7.7L/100km.
The first of the two turbo diesel engines was a 1.6-litre HDi that delivered 80kW at 4000rpm and 240Nm from just 1750rpm.The 1.6HDi was available with a choice of six-speed manual or semi-automatic gearboxes for $36,490. Its combined fuel consumption was 4.9L/100km.
The range topper was the 2.0-litre HDi that came only with a six-speed automatic transmission at $39,490 in XSE specification. It delivered 120kW at 3750 rpm and 340Nm at 2000rpm. Combined cycle fuel consumption numbers were 6.6L/100km.
Standard equipment on XSE spec included auto headlights and wipers, flat folding seats, an automatic electric park brake, hill assist, electronic stability and traction control, Dynamic Roll Control (on models with 1.6 petrol and 2.0HDi engines only), ABS with electronic brake force distribution, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, three 12-volt power outlets, six airbags and an adjustable three-level boot floor.
The XTE specification added $3500 to the price of all of the three engine options but gained head-up display for the driver, distance control warning, power folding door mirrors, power sunroof, chrome exterior highlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front footwell lighting, an extra storage compartment in the rear seat footwells, rear side sunblinds and aircraft-style toggle dash switches.
The 3008 had six airbags and ESP across the rnage, giving it a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating.