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Peugeot Redefines Practicality with its Refined 3008 Crossover
Economical to own and to drive, the latest Peugeot 3008 Crossover is a model that you could be so waiting for. An array of engines to choose from and
abundance of practicality place this one well in the race for popularity.
The Peugeot 3008 Crossover is a high efficiency model with good looks and decent ride handling. It’s ample on space and high on expediency, and hence
delivers great value for the money spent. Let’s take a look.
Engines and Performance
The entry level 3008 Crossover features a 1.6l petrol engine with an output of 118bhp. While this engine is quite smooth and delivers adequate punch, the
154bhp turbocharged version that comes next outshines it in terms of potency and mid-range pull. Also, there’s a 197bhp diesel variant that offers
Ride and Handling
The 3008 does offer a fine blend of comfort, decent body control and lots of grip; if you opt for the optional Dynamic Roll Control function. Standard
models, however, lean more than required through corners and offer a firm ride at low speeds. Driving around town on this Peugeot is easy; but, there’s
hardly any fun on B-roads owing to the excessively light-weight steering.
Despite its height, the Peugeot 3008 successfully limits wind noise. There’s no noise from the suspension except while travelling over extremely rough
roads. While the petrol engines feel smooth and keep revving freely, the diesels are silent while cruising and rattle under hard acceleration. The Hybrid4
version in the hybrid set up works extremely smoothly.
The Peugeot 3008 is quite well-finished and the manufacturer has used high-quality materials all over. The car scores high on safety and security as well –
it has earned a five star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing. Electronic stability control and six airbags come as a standard. There’s Grip Control too that
lets you choose from five distinct settings that help boosting traction on slithery surfaces.
In the Cabin
The flashy centre console stands out with its electronic handbrake, plenty of switchgear and a grab handle on the passenger side. It serves to split the
front portion of the cabin into halves to effectively place the driver right amid action. While the high driving position offers a superb road view, the
fiddly stereo is too far to reach without stretching.
The cabin offers ample head and shoulder space for five average adults, but the knee-room at the rear is inadequate. The large boot area is impressive,
thanks to its smart three-stage floor design. The load bay has a few levers on either side, and those make it quite easy to fold the rear seats. Adding
further to the Peugeot 3008 Crossover’s expediency is its split tailgate.
Access, the entry level trim, comes with air-conditioning and electric windows at the front. The Active trim is, however, worth upgrading to for its auto
lights and wipers, cruise control, parking sensors, alloy disks, Bluetooth connectivity and electric rear windows. An advanced sat-nav is added to the
higher SR trim, and the most expensive Allure gets a panoramic sunroof, climate control and a head-up display.