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2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport (car review)

LUXURIOUS from the moment you step inside. The 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport is the pinnacle model in its mid-sized SUV range, offering class and comfort. To stand out from the crowd, it sports black exterior highlights including its wheels, grille and branding.

It’s almost as if it wants to be hidden, yet it turns heads with its unique look. Open the door though and you’ll immerse yourself in the curved interior with a Lime Wood wrap around dash and door trim to make you feel like it was crafted just for you.

The one and only option on the GT Sport seating wise is full grain Nappa Leather, which is really quite comfortable in its marshmallowy ‘H’ pattern. The front seats are heated and they can both extend at the bottom, which is handy for those who are taller.

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Exclusive to the GT Sport in the 3008 range, a massage function offers five different options to choose from and three different intensities. Working in a 2×8 configuration, you can target an area or go for an all-round approach. It’s all part of the luxury.

To the right of the wheel is a series of buttons, all doing different tasks, but there’s two spaces free. We’d think a stop/start button would be a nice addition, so you can avoid navigating the touchscreen to find it if you wish to shut it off.

2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport
2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport

We’d throw a button for the electric tailgate in there too. There’s a bunch of buttons on the uniquely shaped steering wheel that Peugeot is now famous for, as well. Directly above the wheel is a lovely 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

Angled towards you is a 10.0-inch high definition touchscreen, which is essentially the hub of the vehicle. You’ll need to select the screen you want using the applicable piano keys below, and from there, touch the screen for what you want.

It’s a bit of an odd setup, and while the screen is nice, design wise we feel the air-conditioning vents could be lower, allowing for a taller screen, rather than having it so thinly rectangular.

We can only assume there is a small amount of RAM in the infotainment setup too, as after performing a four-point turn, the reverse camera froze, with no way out. There is a solution, in the form of using the key to reset the system, but you shouldn’t have to.

That aside, the centre console is incredibly generous. Open the butterfly doors and you can fit an entire arm inside it, it’s that deep. In front of that there’s a single USB port, a large wireless phone charging pad, and the joystick-styled drive selector.

dash
Inside the 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport

Through the USB port, you can connect your smartphone via wired Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Bluetooth connectivity is available too. The GT Sport comes with an exclusive, and incredible, 10-speaker Focal premium hi-fi sound system.

It delivers a rich aural experience. There’s a two-position boot floor out the back too, and a very decent 591-litres of storage with the rear seats up. Lower them and that balloons to a whopping 1,670-litres.

Powered by a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine delivering 133kW of power and 250Nm of torque via an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 3008 offers good performance. We’d liked to have seen a little more oomph but it’s more than adequate.

There’s a 53-litre fuel tank and you’ll need to run a minimum of 95RON fuel. There are three drive modes to mess about with though, including Eco, Normal and Sport. The highlight of the latter is the fact it switches the digital cockpit from calming blue to red.

And while you’ll hear the turbo wind up in Sport mode, it still feels sluggish at take-off and a little jerky through the gear changes (something we’ve highlighted with Peugeot’s SUV range before). It hits the 100km/h mark in 8.8 seconds.

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Inside the 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport

The adaptive cruise control is good, albeit a little jerky at slower speeds. It will bring you to a complete stop in traffic, if need be, but won’t recommence the journey without some manual prodding. It also features lane keep assist, which was spot on during testing.

Blind spot monitoring is also provided and letting go of the steering wheel while utilising some of the safety tech will illicit a two stage warning process, the first using visual aids and the second using sound.

For those who enjoy a long-distance drive, it’s also worth noting that the right side of the centre console features padding, providing some level of comfort for the hours you spend behind the wheel.

One other thing we noticed was a lack of Sport badging on the GT Sport. The black pack features give it away, but we were hard pressed to find an actual badge that designated this range topping model.

The 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport is priced at $59,645 drive away, and in the case of our test vehicle, came in Celebes Blue. There are six other options, including Artense Grey, Elixir Red, Nera Black, Pearl White, Platinum Grey and Vertigo Blue.

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Inside the 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport

The only optional extra fitted to our test vehicle was the $1,990 panoramic glass roof. The car comes with Peugeot Prestige, which includes a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assist, as well as 3-years paintwork and 12-years corrosion warranty.

You can build and price a new 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport on the Peugeot Australia website, but it’s also worth shopping around to see if you can get a better offer. Alternatively, you can take a look at a platform like PriceMyCar to get the best deal.

Our test vehicle was provided by Peugeot Australia. To find out more about the 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport, contact your local Peugeot dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
7.5
Technology and connectivity
6
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros - stylish; comfortable; fantastic sound system.
Cons - poor infotainment processing; slow initial acceleration; pricey.

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