To misquote the Game of Thrones television series, winter is most definitely here. Long dark nights and gloomy days are now the norm, yet the 3008 continues to brighten my day. This is most obvious when starting the car on a dark morning, as its big infotainment screen illuminates the cabin better than any costal lighthouse could. Granted, I could delve into the screenís many menus and dial down the experience, but on a dull day I liken it to a shot of caffeine without the bitter aftertaste. And itís a lot cheaper than the stuff you get in one of those achingly trendy coffee shops.
And it certainly pays to be alert on a gloomy winter morning, what with wet roads, slippery leaves and water-filled potholes to keep you alert. As such, I canít recommend Peugeotís Grip Control option enough. At the risk of repeating myself, itís proven its worth many times when the conditions underfoot were grim. I recall that when the technology was first launched, I was dubious about its abilities. Sure, there are many flavours of traction control out there, but could this one really give your car a 4×4-rivalling edge? With the 3008, it turns out I was too sceptical for my own good. Numerous journeys down muddy tracks later ñ all in the name of research ñ Iíd be lost without this technology. Or most likely stuck. Thanks to my ëresearchí, the 3008 is regularly covered in more mud than all the shiny new Land Rover Discoverys in my area. Go figure.
The 3008ís fancy tech is relevant to everyday motoring, too. Opting for Grip Control also gets you a set of cross climate-style tyres that not only perform miracles in the mud, but also do a sterling job of dealing with surface water on regular roads. This feature alone is a good enough reason to tick that options box, as it gives the car an added all-weather appeal without the complexity and inefficiencies associated with all-wheel drive. On balance, I can live with the slightly higher levels of tyre noise generated on poorly surfaced roads.
Staying with technology that works, one gripe I canít attribute to the 3008 is the behaviour of dozy pedestrians who casually cross roads without really looking. Thank goodness for the carís Distance Alert System. If it spots a hazard, itíll beep to warn you, then trigger the brakes if youíve done nothing, or it thinks a collision is certainty. The many pedestrians who have stepped into the road and have lived to tell the tale can thank me later. In light of this, Iíll overlook the rare false alarms.
Itís also comforting to see the car loosening up nicely as the miles increase. The carís manual gearshift is now more accurate than when the 3008 was box fresh, while I swear the engineís initial gruff idle has now softened. Peugeotís 1.6-litre motor is one of the nicest and most refined units out there, and itís just got better with age.
Date arrived 4th May 2017
Fuel economy 65.7mpg (combined) 53.5mpg (on test)
The heated mirrors clear quickly on cold mornings and the big, bright indicator strip is hard to miss.
The 3008’s Distance Alert System is good at detecting wandering pedestrians, but it’s also triggered a few false alerts.