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Peugeot 3008 puts prestige models to shame

A few weeks back I talked about Peugeot’s new small 3008 SUV introduced by an all-new Importer for the French brand – I missed the launch due to the flu – as such when I looked at the entry price of $36,990, well above the likes of Mitsubishi’s ASX and the Mazda 3. I suggested Peugeot could not command stand-alone pricing. Now that I’ve driven it and spent time with it the 3008 offers much for the extra money. Like the four 3008 models the Active is a front wheel drive 1.6-litre petrol turbo six speed automatic with manual shift paddles – the performance is surprising so too the interior which can put many prestige models to shame –fabulous seats, an innovative steering wheel that’s flat on the top and bottom and it works so well and a wonderful dashboard and interior. For the extra money you get a small SUV that‘s a cut above – great French style, quiet with refined performance and fabulous brakes. The equipment list is impressive too – 17-inch alloys, a 180 degree reversing camera, an 8-inch colour touch screen, cruise control with a speed limiter, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, alloy roof rails, Bluetooth, 3D navigation – the list is impressive. Yes you’ll pay more but this small five-seat Peugeot 3008 SUV is a cut above – in some ways it feels more like a prestige model – the interior quality and finishers first class. On road its very well sound proofed from engine and road noise and this gives it a premium feel. I’m David Berthon

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