The 2022 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport boasts luxury, class and comfort. It’s the French car maker’s mid-sized SUV and in this case, sports black exterior highlights, included the wheels, grille and badging.
The combination brings a certain “je ne sais quoi” to the look of the 5-seater, giving it an almost stealthy appearance. Open the door and you will be greeted by a feast of style, with the layout, materials and lighting making the 3008 a real stand out in the segment.
The steering wheel is squared-off and fairly small, sitting closer to your lap, in Peugeot fashion, while the instrument cluster is mounted high and is easy to see – so much so, there’s no need for a head-up display.
The expansive concave Lime Wood wrap trim on the doors flows into the dashboard and, coupled with the soft blue ambient lighting that accents the cabin and around the sunroof, offers a premium experience.
The Nappa leather diamond pattern seats are supple and comfortable. The front seats are heated and extend at the bottom, which is handy for those who have longer legs. We do recommend checking you fit under the roof lining if you’re over 1.8m tall though.
Completing the seating arrangements, and exclusive to the GT Sport in the 3008 range, a massage function offers five different options. The technology offering kicks off with a 10.0-inch high definition touchscreen, located in the centre of the console.
Facing towards the driver, it’s 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 need. Using some of the functions can be a little, shall we say, entertaining.
For example, a stop/start control button somewhere in the cabin would be helpful as its default is on and you have to navigate the touchscreen to turn it off every time you get in the car.
Likewise, most climate control functions are managed through the touchscreen, though pressing the climate control shortcut buttons on the screen will only allow you to adjust the temperature and fan speed.
The cabin is completed with leather-look trim on all four doors and the ubiquitous gloss black highlights, which are applied relatively sparingly in the 3008, with plenty of metal-look bits to offset it.
Open the butterfly doors of the centre storage cubby and you can fit an entire arm inside it, it’s that deep. Forward of that, there’s a single USB port and the joystick-styled drive selector.
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 a decent sound system as well.
Metal-look paddle shifters sit behind the steering wheel, although these are fixed in place, which makes it a little tricky to shift while cornering. On the plus side though, storage is top-notch.
The front door pockets easily fit a 1-litre bottle and the rear doors can accommodate 600ml bottles. The cupholders up front are well-sized, and there’s a small shelf at the base of the centre stack.
Boot space is 591-litres with the rear seats in place, and a cavernous 1,670-litres with them folded. Nice touch include levers in the cargo bay that allow you to drop the second row. Under the boot floor, there’s a space-saver spare.
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 always want for a little bit more power, but it’s more than adequate and versatile.
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 aggressive red. Shifts are smooth and quick, and the automatic works well with the punchy four-cylinder engine – it’s an improvement over the six-speed automatic in lower models.
While the GT Sport can boast a solid power-to-weight ratio, there’s no escaping the fact the 3008 is considerably less powerful than all its rivals at this price point. The CX-5, RAV4, Tiguan and Escape all produce in excess of 160kW, while all offering all-wheel drive.
Aside from that, the ride quality was impressive. Peugeot claims combined fuel economy of 5.6-litres/100km, and we managed between 6.5-litres/100km and 8.1-litres/100km over the course of a week long test.
The only optional extra fitted to our test vehicle was the 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.
The 2022 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport will cost you a cool $68,668 drive away and is available in Celebes Blue, Artense Grey and Pearl White. You can find out more on the Peugeot Australia website. If you’re keen on one, and you need finance, talk to CreditOne.
Our test vehicle was provided by Peugeot Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Peugeot 3008 GT Sport, contact your local Peugeot dealer.