What is it
Peugeot's 3008 Luxury 2.0 HDi is a clever front-drive family wagon with a soft-roader's high-riding stance, plenty of Euro style and a frugal 2.0-litre 128kW/340Nm turbo-diesel engine, all for $54,990.
We logged a 6.8l/100km average over 900km of Auckland and Waitakere hills running plus a return trip to Russell - commendably close to Peugeot's 6.6 claim. Ride and handling was comfort-focused as suits its brief, and the whole family will enjoy the excellent all-round view - there's a panoramic glass roof - and benefit from a safety package that includes six airbags, ABS and stability control for a five-star crash test rating. Comfort features include stuff like cruise control, dual-zone air-con, Bluetooth, rear window blinds and heated front seats. The 3008's face may be an acquired taste but few cars fulfil their brief as well.
Clever split-level boot - pile it all in, or load fragile items on an easily adjusted shelf above the heavy stuff. We also like the flip-up Perspex screen that will show your following distance and flash if you get too close. It sounds gimmicky but really does stop you from tailgating, making you and your family safer.
The front seat's capacious centre cubby has its hinges towards the driver, so it's awkward to access. This minor complaint stands out only because the car is otherwise thought out so well.
What is it