Is it the most underrated towing crossover on the market?
The all-new, larger, and now distinctly more SUV-styled 2017 Peugeot 3008 has seen the model’s transformation from a small and quirky high-riding hatch into a ‘proper’ mid-sized SUV | Peugeot’s new assault on the medium-SUV market. But can it tow? Need a towbar?
Although its now eight-year-old predecessor was given a facelift in 2013 to bring it in-line with that new look, the all-new 3008 takes the look further with a bolder and more upright face than any of its siblings.
The new 3008 is built on the same ‘EMP2’ architecture that underpins the latest 308, but Peugeot has stretched the wheelbase of that design from 2620mm in the 308 to a new 2675mm for the 3008.
For perspective, that’s up from 2613mm in the outgoing 3008, pushing the SUV out of the ‘small’ category and into the mid-sized market. Rivals in that space include the Toyota RAV4 (2660mm wheelbase), the Hyundai Tucson (2670mm) and the Mazda CX-5 (2700mm).
The 3008’s graduation also means an additional 24mm and 36mm of rear legroom and headroom respectively, while its new seats-up 520-litre (VDA) rear storage allowance is 90 litres greater than before. Lowering the back seats grows that to 1580 litres
Despite the growth, Peugeot says the move to its EMP2 platform has resulted in weight savings of around 100kg.
The boot is class-average with 591 litres of storage which expands to 1670L when the rear seats are folded down.
The exterior impresses, but it’s the interior that knocks your breath away. It’s interesting and original – everything has been reconsidered. The instrument cluster resides in an angular display pod beneath the sweeping windscreen. The steering wheel is squared off, top and bottom. At the centre of the dash is the main touchscreen display and below that a rack of small levers which offer shortcuts to all the functionality above. There are about three ways to access everything – all part of Peugeot’s new i-Cockpit. Of the dozens of driver aids, comfort applications and safety features available, one that caught my eye was the driver “ambience system”. This adjusts interior mood lighting and the smell of the cabin (go for Cosmic Cuir, Aerodrive or Harmony Wood). There’s even an eight-way multi-point massage function on your seat. It’ll work over your shoulders or lumbar region. The “cat paw” setting was a little peculiar. The list of extras is very generous and you can opt for keyless entry/go, adaptive cruise control and an electric tailgate.
Max towing weight 2000kgs Nose weight 100kgs. Not bad indeed.
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