Arabian Gazette’s review of the multi-award winning Peugeot 3008 GT Line. It’s cool, chic-style, splendid design, loaded with features, but the compact 3008 crossover is a bit pricey for its segment.
Peugeot through history
Peugeot. A brand that’s been around for over 200 years but it was only until 1882, that the well known French company decided to venture out in the automotive industry. The first Peugeot automobile was a three wheeler, steam powered vehicle designed by Léon Serpollet.
But Armand Peugeot, the company’s founder realized steam powered engines wasn’t feasible for the masses as it had a slew of problems of its own. So over the years, Peugeot decided to abandon steam power and got into petrol-fueled combustion engines attached to a four wheel drive car. It seems these cars were way ahead of their time with a three-point suspension and a sliding gear transmission. Fun fact! Peugeot was the first manufacturer in its league to use rubber tires on a petrol run automobile.
As time went by, Peugeot gave us some legendary rides that are still reminisced over, be it the classic 206 or the 406 coupé. However Peugeot as a manufacturer has been through various rocky phases. Plenty of manufacturing plans have been shut, thousands of workers laid off with emergence of their Japanese and American counterparts yet the French car manufacture never seems to give up selling about an average of about two million cars a year.
Welcome Peugeot 3008.
Unveiled in Dubrovnik, Croatia for the first time in 2008, who would have thought this crossover would win so many accolades for its rather unconventional design. From the ‘Semperit Irish Car of the Year’ to the CarBuyer ‘Car of the Year’, the list is long. Here are some of the top awards the 3008 has won:
A 5 Door Wagon, this vehicle targeted a very niche market. Big family with a zeal for adventure but on a budget? Peugeot has you covered. Lots of luggage? Oh don’t you worry about that. The 3008 was at the top of its class. It only made sense for Peugeot to improve on it’s existing design to make it even more awesome than it already is.
In 2016, Peugeot launched the second generation variant of 3008 with a complete face lift. Now that was two years ago. We’re here to review the Peugeot 3008 2018 GT Line Edition, so let’s get right to it.
Since most vehicles have to meet GCC specifications to make it road worthy here in the hot and humid climatic conditions of the UAE, The Peugeot 3008 comes only in a turbo-charged 1.6 liter 4 cylinder motor regardless of what variant you pick. This is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission for optimum performance. The Peugeot 3008 falls in the same category as a Toyota Rav-4, Nissan X-Trail and a Renault Koleos. All A-listers in their game.
- 6 Liter Engine with four cylinders
- 3’’ heads up display with a 8 inch Capacitive touchscreen
- Full LED Headlights with Day Time Running Lights
- Hill Assist Descent Control
- High Fidelity Focal Hi-Fi Speaker System
- 18 inch dual tone alloy wheels
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
- Drive Assist (Automatic Parking, Emergency Auto-braking, Advanced Driver Alert Detection, Distance Alert, Lane Departure Warning System, Traffic Sign Recognition)
- Smart Electric Tailgate Open and Close
- Panoramic Sunroof
- 5 star safety rating in the 2016 Euro NCAP Car Safety Performance Assessment
VIDEO: Peugeot 3008 Main Features in a Minute
Here’s a nice video from the company illustrating some of the top features of the stylish SUV.
Okay, so now you’ve seen the official video let’s see how it stacks up after we took the SUV for a good amount of driving. Here’s our experience:
Driving the Peugeot 3008 feels pretty smooth. You could easily go over a pretty elevated speed bump and you wouldn’t feel it. However there were a few potholes on the road near the Al Mira community in Dubai, and I definitely felt a few jolts here and there.
Body roll is a little prominent in sharp turns and cuts but still manageable. Steering feels solid and decently precise during sudden serves from one lane to the other. There is a strong downward pitch upon braking hard as compared to other manufacturers who seem to have perfected this dilemma.
Let’s start off with the stellar instrument panel with technologies that make it seem like it came straight out of one of the ‘James Bond’ movies. The Peugeot’s iCockpit 12.3’’ display works like a charm. The metal accents around also seem to give the vehicle a very premium aesthetic feel.
Though the vehicle could have been a little more spacious, it isn’t a huge deal breaker comfortably seating people over 6 feet. The toggles and switches however seem to be made of really cheap and flimsy material. One thing the 3008 really shines is the boot space with a whopping 591 liter capacity. That’s a lot of space for its segment.
- Stylish Design
- Stellar Fuel Economy
- Drive Assist
- 591 Liter Boot Space
- Eye catching tech for the gizmo maniacs
- Massage seats. Come on. Imagine being stuck in traffic on your way to Sharjah while your car takes care of your back with gentle amounts of pressure being put here and there.
- Satin Chrome Toggle Switches that have a striking resemblance to a modern piano
- Engine is peculiarly loud for a car of its segment
- Build quality fails to impress. Some of the switches had already begun to wear off
- Given the 1.6 Liter output, the vehicle takes time to gain pick up on the highways as the torque just isn’t enough to compensate the lack of power
- The self park function seems quite buggy as it doesn’t seem to recognize parking spots in an entirely empty lot. You literally have to find a spot between two cars for it to work its magic
- Heavy use of plastics in the interiors
- No 4WD Option which can be quite a bummer
- Leg space could have been better
Overall, I was very impressed at the French manufacturers attempt in giving it a shot to dominate the CUV market. The 3008 with its ravishing good looks and premium styling is definitely going to get you a lot of attention. However the 3008 still needs a little fine tuning and there. Sure with a starting price of AED 89,900 it seems to be of great value but you might also want to check out some of the Japanese alternatives I mentioned in the beginning of the article. The 3008 is available in the UAE in three variants, ‘Active’, ‘Allure’ and ‘GT Line’ each with its own unique set of features.
(Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received Peugeot 3008 for test driving and review purpose only. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience)