It’s rare to hear of someone looking forward to shorter, wetter days, but let me be that guy. Despite the 3008ís modest Allure trim, it boasts a generous level of automation. Wipers, lights, handbrake, mirror dipping all do their own thing when it matters. Well, almost. With summer a distant memory and the arrival of more rain, the carís automatic wipers need regular prompting to do their thing when rainfall is light. And, curiously, the feature resets when you turn the car off, making it more semi than fully auto.
Still, what Peugeot takes with one hand it gives with the other; the carís auto headlamp dipping function has proven to be impressively reliable. As the technology has improved, so has the ability to trust these systems. It works a treat on rural roads and is responsive enough to be trusted on unlit stretches of motorway ñ nobody likes facing an oncoming car with its main beam blazing away. My only gripe is the modest reach. The slightly yellow-orange tinge isnít just a nod to French cars of old, but a reminder that choosing a higher trim grade is a wise move if you do a lot of night driving.
Speaking of French cars and as an old CitroÎn nerd, itís good to see Peugeot adopt that makerís efficient wash-wipe system. The washer jets are located on the wiper arm, ensuring even coverage and little waste. The washer tank is sensibly located near the offside wing under the bonnet, but refilling duties have been pleasingly infrequent.
In case you havenít figured it out, a pretty strong ëconvenienceí theme has so far run through my time with the 3008. Dynamically the car is hard to fault and has been engaging and refined in equal measure. Itís Peugeotís efforts in making the driving and ownership experience as hassle free as possible that continues to impress the most. Factor in the various bold interior design cues and all appears to be well again at Peugeot.
Donít take my word for it though, numerous passengers have also voiced their approval. From shopping trips to airport runs, the 3008 has prompted occupants to praise the carís comfortable ride, its ìposhî interior and ìcoolî touchscreen. Regular readers will know Iím slightly less enthusiastic about Peugeotís decision to corral almost all the carís controls behind the touchscreen. Iím a little more forgiving now that my daily prod-prod-stab routine has become less demanding. That said, a few more old school buttons wouldnít go amiss.
The 3008 also passes the supermarket car park test with flying colours. Despite the growing numbers of SUVs on our roads, the 3008ís appearance remains distinctive enough to stand out from the crowd of me-too soft roaders. I reckon the carís black roof and contrasting body colour helps, although its chiselled nose and glitzy grille are also eye catching for all the right reasons. Hopefully all these positive vibes will help lift my spirits as we trudge towards a wet and dark winter.
Date arrived 4th May 2017
Fuel economy 65.7mpg (combined) 56.8mpg (on test)
Despite its convenient location, the washer bottle neck has seen little action thanks to the wash-wipe’s frugal design.
Auto everything is great when it works, but the windscreen wiper often needs a helpful nudge.