Recently, in the interests of fairness, I contemplated sampling a 2.0-litre version of the 3008. Iíve become more than satisfied with the performance of my 1.6-litre example, but I had a nagging feeling that more thrust would unlock the carís already engaging driving experience.
This dedication to the cause soon ebbed away after a spirited run on a favourite local B-road, though. Honestly, the 1.6 lumpís power and torque proved more than enough. In fact, it was more fun to stretch the car a little than do a point and squirt job in a larger engined car.
Yes, Iím talking about a mid-size crossover. Not a warmed over performance hatch, but a family-friendly SUV. The 3008 is chuckable, engaging and rewarding in a way that such a car shouldnít be. And yet, it has all the utility angles covered; it will seat five in comfort and the boot will swallow a wheelchair whole ñ not the most ëlifestyleí metric, but a realistic one when accommodating elderly parents. Trust me, the 3008ís low loading lip really makes a difference here.
I guess opting for more cubic centimetres would be good if youíre into towing. Realistically I canít just overtake at will on cross-country roads in my lesser-powered 3008 and I do notice a little lag when full loaded. But for undemanding types like myself, the balance of real world fuel economy, refinement and performance is about right.
Iíve also made my peace with the carís touchscreen. Well, sort of. Regardless of make, Iím not a huge fan of making a touchscreen the only tool for accessing core features ñ you wonít find me praising Teslaís new Model 3, for example. And itís why it took a while to discover the carís lane keep assist feature. Once activated, itís proven to be a subtle and mostly welcome assistant. Iíve yet to find a version thatís 100 per cent dependable, although Peugeotís offering is ëgood enoughí for me, and does a decent job of correcting the carís trajectory when the road markings are clear and distinct. Iíd still prefer a conventional button to toggle it on and off. Ditto the carís stop-start function.
My inner tech nerd has had me switching between the carís built-in navigation function and Appleís CarPlay alternative. Despite offering a wealth of functionality, the latter has always been a little sluggish, although itís hard to know if itís the car or my phone at fault. Peugeotís own system is snappier, but the graphics are a little dated. The upside is access to the carís in-dash ëvirtual cockpití display ñ something neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto offer. This view is a more polished one graphically, and reduces the need to divert your eyes from the straight-ahead when on the move.
With Peugeot having mastered the basics with its 3008, itís good to see some creativity regarding details such as the user interface, infotainment performance, cabin oddment space and the like. So far, itís got my attention.
Date arrived 4th May 2017
Fuel economy 65.7mpg (combined) 55.5mpg (on test)
Sometimes it’s worth ditching Apple’s CarPlay to use the 3008’s useful virtual cockpit feature.
Buried features in the 3008’s touchscreen menu continue to be a mild irritation.