On sale since November 2009 the Peugeot 3008 is Peugeot's new crossover vehicle aimed directly at the heart of the medium car segment.
It offers the flexibility of a small MPV combined with the convenience of a hatchback, and SUV styling thrown in for good measure.
Peugeot claim that the Peugeot 3008 is "the conventional car for daily use, the family car for weekends and holidays and the adventurous vehicle for those with an active life style. Simply put, the car is greater than the sum of its individual strengths, offering many advantages over a conventional car."
The Peugeot 3008 is available in three trim levels, Active, Sport and Exclusive, prices start at £16,695 and rise to £22,795 for the Exclusive HDi 163 Automatic.
There are six power-train options available consisting of two petrol engines and three HDi diesel engines.
We tested the entry-level model the Peugeot 3008 Active 1.6 Diesel (HDi 110) equipped with a with 6-speed manual gearbox.How It Drove - Performance
Our test car was fitted with the level entry 1560cc HDi 110 FAP diesel engine, which produces 110 bhp @ 4,000 rpm and delivers between 240Nm - 260Nm @ 1,750 rpm, which is enough to propel the Peugeot 3008 from 0-60 mph in 12.2 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 112 mph.
We thought that the 1.6 diesel engine would be a bit of a let down but on the road the diesel engine feels quite brisk, the engine is both flexible and responsive. Only on the steepest hills does it feel a little out of puff but we doubt you would complain.
Peugeot quote fuel consumption figures of: urban 43.4 mpg, extra-urban 64.2 mpg and combined 55.3 mpg.
Overall we averaged 42.1 mpg, we would liked to have seen another 10 mpg from the diesel engine, but considering our mixed driving and that the engine had barely been run in - we would consider this a fair figure.
On the move, you are not going to care that you are driving a diesel - sound deadening is very good and overall we were very impressed with the 1.6 HDi engine.How It Drove - Ride and Handling
Although the Peugeot 3008 looks like a chunky, albeit compact SUV, it does not handle like one, it is more like a hatchback than a 4x4 in its approach to cornering.
It is only on really demanding 'B' road bends that you experience some body roll but overall it remains reassuring, with well weighted and precise steering. Of course, it is not as sharp as the Peugeot 308 hatchback that it is based upon but most family owners will be pleased with how the 3008 performs and handles.
The ride is soft but remains family friendly even over poorer road surfaces.
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