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Week at the wheel: Peugeot 3008 Exclusive HDi 163. Image by Peugeot.

Week at the wheel: Peugeot 3008 Exclusive HDi 163
How does the French firm's acclaimed crossover stack up on UK roads?

   



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| Week at the Wheel | Peugeot 3008 Exclusive HDi 163 |

Overall rating: 4 4 4 4 4

Peugeot's 3008 represents a massive leap forward for the French company. It's an excellent all-round car - refined, comfortable, spacious and good to drive. The impressive list of industry awards it has racked up since its introduction suggests that we're not alone in our praise. If the top spec Exclusive model is too pricey, then we'd still recommend a more affordable Sport model. Just remember that the Dynamic Roll Control is worth having.

Inside & Out: 4 4 4 4 4

Chunky looks and tall but compact proportions are the order of the day for the Peugeot 3008. The exterior is something of an acquired taste, but it's undeniably different and distinctive - certainly a lot more eye-catching than blend-into-the-background crossovers like the Nissan Qashqai.

Inside, the 3008's cabin is testament to the changes and quality upgrades that Peugeot has made to its recent cars. The interior seems to be from a more expensive car, because the finish is robust and soft to the touch at the same time. Everything down to the switchgear and the carpets is durable and a far cry from the low rent interiors for which Peugeot had become renowned.

Ride & Handling: 4 4 4 4 4

The benefits of Peugeot's top-spec Exclusive trim are plentiful, but arguably the most worthwhile of additions is the Dynamic Roll Control package, which is standard fitment from the mid-range Sport model upwards. This sorts the 3008's handling out good and proper, and cuts down on the body roll for which lesser versions are renowned. The steering is firm and direct, and although it's no sports car, the 3008 is about as good to drive as cars of this shape and size get.

Engine & Transmission: 4 4 4 4 4

Our test car was fitted with the 2.0-litre HDi engine with 165hp. It suits the 3008 down to the ground with its smooth power delivery, but there's plenty more in reserve when you need it, too.

The six-speed automatic transmission deals with the power well, too. Unlike some diesel autos, which have a tendency to be a little fussy, the Pug's gearbox is just as smooth as its engine and adds to the relaxed nature.

Equipment, Economy & Value for Money: 4 4 4 4 4

Our top-of-the-range test car wears a price tag of 23,545 in showrooms, but it's possible to bag a Peugeot 3008 for as little as 16,995 in basic trim. Either way, it seems well priced and quite a lot of car for the money. The Exclusive model may be the most expensive of the range, but it's far from short of kit. It features goodies like a panoramic glass roof, a head-up display, automatic headlights and wipers and a distance alert feature.

The 2.0-litre HDi engine isn't the most efficient in its class with 42.8mpg and 173g/km, but cleaner and more frugal versions are available, like the HDi 112, which offers 55.6mpg and 135g/km.


Jack Carfrae - 23 Feb 2011



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