Arguably the best-looking medium SUV on sale today, the Peugeot 3008 is more than just a pretty face. Boasting the latest in safety, infotainment and driving technologies, the French have really come to the party with a complete package, even if it's a little on the pricey side.
We have the GT Sport on the floor at the experience centre and the GT for test drives.
Both the Allure and GT Petrol are powered by a 1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engine making 121kW of power at 6000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1400rpm, driving the front wheels via a six-speed auto.
The top-spec GT Sport gets the same 1.6-litre displacement tuned to deliver 133kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm of torque at 1650rpm to the front axle through an eight-speed auto ‘box.
Meanwhile, GT Diesel has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel developing 131kW of power from 3750rpm and 400Nm at 2000rpm to the front wheels via the same eight-speed auto.
The top-spec GT Sport commands the largest premium with a $54,990 price tag, but packs high-end features such as the leather option pack, which adds nappa leather, heated front seats, an electric driver’s seat with multi-point massage, and a top-notch audio system. All prices exclude on-road costs.
While Peugeot is asking comparatively premium prices for its latest 3008, its equipment list is also relatively generous in a bid to tempt buyers away from the more traditional brands – even with the entry-level offering.
Standard inventory on the 3008 Allure includes auto-dipping door mirrors, a hands-free tailgate, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, satellite navigation, ambient lighting,18-inch alloy wheels, and LED headlights and daytime running lights.
There’s also LED puddle lights, auto lights and wipers, sequential indicators and leather effect/Colyn fabric trim with mint contrast stitching.
Stepping up to the either of the GT variants adds a sports front bumper, stainless steel scuff plates, twin fake exhaust, a Diamond Black roof and black mirror caps, 18-inch two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, chrome-trimmed pedals, black roof lining, full-grain leather steering wheel, and leather-effect/Alcantara trim with copper top-stitch.
The GT Sport gains lime wood accents for the door cards and dash facings, Black Pack, black and dark chrome exterior trimmings, nappa leather upholstery with grey top-stitch, a 515-watt 10-speaker premium sound system, acoustic front windows, and 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
The steering wheel thing could go either way for you. While, it’s the closest thing to a full-blown racing tiller as a pint-size, flat top-and-bottomed leather-wrapped unit, it also positioned (by design) much lower than the average wheel, practically in your lap.
Peugeot offers a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with five years of roadside assist and capped price servicing.
Service intervals on the 3008 are 20,000km/12 months with a total price of $2768 for the Allure and GT Petrol, $2841 for the GT Diesel, and $2639 for the range-topping GT Sport over a five-year service period.
Thanks to the 3008’s small-displacement turbo powertrains, fuel consumption claims are thrifty across the entire range with 5.0L/100km for the GT Diesel, 5.6L/100km for the GT Sport, 7.0L/100km for the GT Petrol and 7.3L/100km for the Allure.