What is it?
This is Peugeot’s 308 cross-over, a competitor to the Nissan Qashqai, and front-drive versions of SUVs such as the VW Tiguan and Ford Kuga, though in reality, Peugeot’s belief that this car will conquest buyers from all kinds of cars will probably be realised.
In effect it’s a longer, taller, roomier five-seat hatchback with a split tailgate, useful loadbay modularity and a four-wheel drive’s high seating position.
It’s also a slightly odd looking car. Its protuberant egg-crate grille resembles a child’s tooth-brace, it rides on a track slightly too narrow for its billowed wheelarches and from the rear it appears downright ordinary, but it certainly shouldn’t be dismissed for these mild aesthetic disappointments.
Engine options include a 109bhp 1.6 HDI diesel – expected to be the best-seller – 118bhp and 148bhp 1.6 petrols, and a 148bhp 2.0 HDI diesel, all with six-speed manuals. A conventional auto will be offered on a 161bhp 2.0 HDI, and a Co2-reducing automated-manual on the 1.6 HDI.
The 3008 is front-drive only, but available with a so-called Grip Control system that, rather like Land Rover’s Terrain Response facility, provides traction control software allowing it to get to grips with the friction properties of snow, wet grass and mud, though only if you order it on mud and snow tyres.