A daring alternative to the BMW X1

The second-generation Peugeot 3008 arrived in 2016 as a radical departure from its predecessor. Redesigned into a compact crossover — the original 3008 was more of an MPV — the new hauler featured daring, sporty exterior styling and an interior packed with premium features previously not available in a Peugeot. The French company retained most of the small-displacement engines offered in the first-gen model, but revised them for improved performance and fuel economy and reduced carbon-dioxide emissions. Just like the 308 hatchback, the 3008 received a sportier GT Line trim and a range-topping GT model.

Designed for drivers who want to stand out in a crowd, the 3008 GT gained a bunch of exclusive exterior features for a more stylish appearance and a more premium interior enhanced by full-grain leather, real wood, and high-end stitching. Although it’s not hugely different from the standard model, the GT has just enough little touches to make it different, and the more luxurious interior places it higher on the premium market — an area where no Peugeot has dared to enter in recent decades.

The new crossover is set to debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show alongside the GT Line, which will bridge the gap between the standard model and the GT. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at Peugeot’s new proposition for the premium compact crossover niche and find out how it stacks up against its competitors.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 3008 GT.

  • 2017 Peugeot 3008 GT
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    177
  • Torque @ RPM:
    295
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
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  • Purpose:
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  • Overall:
    8.5/10

Exterior

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Much like other GT-badged models in Peugeot’s lineup, the 3008 GT features a number of exclusive features that give it a sportier, yet elegant appeal. The first thing that catches the eye is the revised front bumper with more prominent features. Paired with the wider wheel arch extensions, the new bumper gives the 3008 a wider, more aggressive stance. Highlights continue with the stainless steel window trim, sleeker aluminum roof rails, chrome mirror caps, chrome exhaust pipes, and the "GT" badge on the trunk lid.

The 3008 GT features a number of exclusive features that give it a sportier, yet elegant appeal

While inferior models ride on 17- and 18-inch wheels as standard, the 3008 GT comes with larger, 19-inch rollers. These also sport a unique two-tone design and diamond-cut finish. The full LED headlamps with sequential scrolling LED indicators are also standard. For customers looking to stand out on the road, Peugeot offers the Coupe Franche paint option. This is an asymmetrical two-tone finish with half of the rear doors, the rear fenders, C-pillars, and tailgate painted black and the rest of the car available in one of three contrasting colors.

Interior

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Inside, the GT comes with the completely redesigned interior of the new 3008, but enhanced by the special features you’d expect in a range-topping model. Already impressive in the standard model, the dashboard is now worthy of a true luxury car thanks to its genuine aged-oak trim, which runs into the upper door panels, and Aikinite copper double stitching. The latter was also used on the door panels, center armrest, steering wheel, floor mats, and gear lever, while the instrument cluster received matching virtual dials.

The standard seats were replaced with sportier units wrapped in full-grain Nappa Mistral leather and Brumeo cloth sports seats

The standard seats were replaced with sportier units wrapped in full-grain Nappa Mistral leather and Brumeo cloth sports seats. The optional driver seat with multipoint massage function, electric adjustment, and memory is offered as standard equipment. Another high-end feature offered at no extra cost is the panoramic glass roof with electric interior blind and blue ambient lighting.

As far as convenience features go, the GT comes with all the brand-new gadgets introduced in the regular 3008. This includes the i-Cockpit system with the massive 12.3-inch touchscreen in the dashboard, the eight-inch instrument cluster, and the sporty flat-bottom steering wheel.

Connectivity features include MirrorScreen, induction smartphone recharging, and 3D navigation. The latter displays images of buildings and monuments and it can be displayed on either the central touchscreen or the digital instrument cluster with a touch of a control knob on the steering wheel. It is equipped with TomTom Traffic for real-time visibility of events, weather, car-parks, and service stations. Speaking of which, the 3D satellite navigation system comes with a three-year subscription to TomTom live updates.

The 3008 GT received a premium Focal sound system with 10 speakers

The MirrorScreen function allows for a smartphone screen to be reproduced on the touchscreen for easier access to apps and it is compatible with MirrorLink, Android Auto, and Apple Carplay. It has a remote voice recognition function through the smartphone, allowing the driver to make calls, browse music, and read and send text messages without taking his eyes off the road.

Finally, the 3008 GT received a premium Focal sound system with 10 speakers, mid-range woofers with Polyglass technology, and TNF tweeters with inverted aluminum domes for optimal sound output. The 7.8-inch Power Flower subwoofer features triple coil technology, while the active 12-channel amplifier delivers 515 watts for the ultimate acoustic experience.

Drivetrain

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The 3008 GT gets its juice from the most powerful engine available with the new 3008 lineup. The unit in question is the 2.0-liter BlueHDi 180, and it’s rated, as the nomenclature suggests, at 180 PS (177 horsepower) and 295 pound-feet of torque. The oil burner mates to a six-speed automatic transmission. Performance and fuel economy figures aren’t yet available, but Peugeot promises "outstanding engine efficiency."

Safety

Details are still slim as far as safety features go, but the 3008 GT should employ a full lineup of airbags for both front and rear-seat passengers. Peugeot did say that it will benefit from driving-assisting features such as Active Safety Brake and Distance Alert and Active Involuntary Crossing Line. The crossover also has Driver Alert Warning, which can then trigger audible and visual alerts and remind drivers to take a break after two hours of continuous driving at a speed greater than 65 km/h (40 mph). There’s also Automatic High Beam Assistance, Speed Sign Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, and Park Assist, which are standard on all trim levels. Finally, Visiopark 1 adds a 180-degree view camera on the tailgate and Visiopark 2 adds the device to the front bumper for a complete 360-degree exterior view displayed on the main touchscreen.

Prices

Pricing for the standard 3008 has yet to be released, so it’s too early to talk about the range-topping. However, with the current 3008 retailing from £20,045 (about $28,360) in the U.K., the redesigned version will most certainly fetch in excess of £23,000 (around $32,540). As a result, I expect the range-topping GT to cost more than £30,000 (about $42,470).

Competition

BMW X1

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It might seem ludicrous to compare a Peugeot with a BMW, but I think that the 3008 GT has what it takes to give Munich’s smallest crossover a run for its money. With the standard 3008 already too fancy for the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage, the GT may very well tackle the premium market and compete against products from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. The X1 is the crossover to beat when it comes to sporty styling and performance and high-end interior and technology. Redesigned for 2015, the German mini SUV has a more muscular appearance and a roomy interior with a laundry list of standard features that includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, and BMW’s latest infotainment system.

Leather seats and wood trim aren’t standard, but the sub-£30,000 sticker of the base diesel model leaves just enough room for optional upgrades. Unlike the GT, the X1 can be had with either gasoline and diesel engines, but we need to consider the base diesel model only for a fair comparison. The model in question is the X1 sDrive18d, which uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 147 horsepower and 243 pound-feet. This model retails from £27,090 (about $38,360), but the sticker increases to £28,640 (around $40,550) with the automatic transmission.

Find out more about the BMW X1 here.

Conclusion

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The new 3008 crossover marks the beginning of a new era from Peugeot, one during which the French automaker hopes to improve global sales and move up the premium ladder. At first glance, the 3008 looks like a vehicle that should not disappoint. Its styling is sporty and daring, its interior looks better than most of its direct competitors, and its small-displacement, fuel efficient engines should make it popular in most European markets. The 3008 GT takes all that to a new level with exclusive features inside and out and more standard equipment than just about any non-premium product on the compact crossover market. Peugeot is basically taking a swing at products such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA and, while it’s too early to estimate whether it will succeed, I have to give the French credit for embarking on such a difficult mission.

  • Leave it
    • New equipment takes it into a tough segment
    • Only one drivetrain
    • Lacks the brand cachet of BMW and Mercedes-Benz

Press Release

A few weeks after its debut, the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV is unveiled in its most dynamic and exclusive version - the GT. A truly modern expression of driving pleasure, aimed at individuals who are looking for a new driving experience, the GT version crowns the brand’s new SUV range. Exclusively equipped with the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 S&S (Stop&Start) EAT6 (Efficient Automatic Transmission with 6-speed transmission) providing a high level of performance.

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To complement the GT, a ‘GT Line’ trim-level is offered on alternative engine versions, with a ‘sporty’ and ‘top-of-the-range’ appearance. The new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV, GT Line and GT versions, are a key part of the Brand’s move up-market and will be available to order from November 2016, with UK deliveries commencing from January 2017.

Both GT Line and GT trim levels can be specified with the distinctive ‘Coupe Franche’ paint option - a characteristic PEUGEOT visual signature.

Class-leading capability enhanced with the appeal of a comprehensive range

PEUGEOT has introduced the GT version of its new 3008 SUV in response to a growing demand for well-specified, top-spec vehicles with high equipment levels, great performance and efficiency, and desirable capabilities.

Following its debut the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV was announced with a well-equipped and progressive two-model UK range. Consistent with the brand’s strategy of moving up-market, it now boasts:

two mainstream trim-levels with high standard specification in Active and Allure models
‘GT Line’ - the best of all worlds, with outstanding engine efficiency and sports styling
’GT’ - the ultimate sports PEUGEOT 3008 SUV with great all-round capabilities

The GT model is positioned as the top-of-the-range 3008 SUV model, with its exclusive and resolutely dynamic proposition, while at the same time being perfectly usable on a day-to-day basis. Aimed at driving enthusiasts craving sophistication, the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV GT offers to combine all the qualities of the range’s new SUV with an assertive style, an impressive interior that includes the innovative new PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, with configurable 12.3” digital instrument panel.

As part of the brand’s move upmarket, the PEUGEOT range continues to comprise of well specified vehicles. The new sports variants of new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV is no exception with GT Line versions including numerous standard features and safety equipment items:

A choice of BlueHDi diesel, multi award-winning PureTech and e-THP petrol engines
Full LED headlamps including sequential scrolling LED front indicators
Smartphone charging plate
3D satellite navigation including 3 year subscription to TomTom® Live updates
Safety Plus Pack comprises the ‘Active Blind Spot Detection’ (ABSD), ‘Lane Keeping Assistance’ (LKA), advanced ‘Driver Attention Alert’ system (DAA3) and PEUGEOT ‘Smartbeam Assistance’.

The GT letters are emblematic in the history of PEUGEOT cars and reference them as a special product of desire, identified with distinction and in recent times has greatly helped to drive the Brand upmarket, enhancing the status of the driver.

In addition to GT Line models, the GT version of the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV features the following equipment as standard to make every journey a delightful experience:

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A highly-efficient engine: the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 S&S, mated to the EAT6 (Efficient Automatic Transmission six-speed) gearbox - the most powerful version in the range, providing a more intense driving experience
A more sporty appearance, with integrated wheel arch protective extensions combined with 19” ‘Boston’ matt Haria two-tone finish diamond-cut alloy wheels
Sumptuous seating, trimmed in full grain Nappa Mistral leather with Aikinite copper double-stitch trim detail, driver seat multipoint massage function, electric adjustment and memory
Panoramic opening glass roof with electric interior blind and blue ambient lighting
ACC Stop (Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop function)
Smart electric tailgate (includes foot movement operation) with PEUGEOT Open and Go system

Inside: the innovative new digital PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®

The innovative new digital PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® - is a standard feature on all 3008 SUVs - with its spectacular, advanced dashboard. Active trim level, the on-board experience is enhanced by the rich interior and the modern, futuristic appearance of the driver’s compartment. This is achieved through the configurable 12.3” digital instrument panel and 8.0” capacitive touch screen. The choice of materials and the precision of the adjustments make a significant contribution to the high-level of perceived quality in the passenger compartment. Sports versions of new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV feature further style enhancements.

The interior specifies fine Aikinite copper double-topstitching on the dashboard trim, door trim panels and the centre armrest. The copper theme continues on the steering wheel, floor mats, gear lever gaiter and also as the colour of the virtual dials on the configurable 12.3” digital instrument panel. GT Line models feature sports style seats trimmed in Mistral ’Imila’ leather effect and ‘Brumeo’ cloth materials. ‘Brumeo’ fabric also adorns the door panels and fascia.

Once behind the wheel, a GT driver can benefit from the multi-point massage function, 8-way electric adjustment and 2-position memory function. Both front seats feature a heating function and extendable cushion nose adjustment for extra comfort on long journeys. To better appreciate the world outside on the journey, GT models also benefit from a panoramic opening glass roof with electric blind and blue ambient lighting.

The sensory journey continues on GT models with genuine aged-oak trim decorating the dashboard facia and door cards. The ‘Grey Oak’ trim fits both with the 3008 GT’s high-end status, and is an environment inspired by modern, home design. Finally the driver will feel immediately attracted to the appearance of the compact steering wheel - which proudly sports the GT logo in chromed steel on the lower flat section - the rim of which is covered with full-grain leather, also with copper topstitching. This meticulous attention to detail throughout the innovative new PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® demonstrates the Brand’s expertise in the area of well-being and prestige.

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To enhance every journey with sports versions of new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV, the i-Cockpit® Amplify is a real amplifier of sensations. The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is standard equipment in all models of the new 3008 SUV creating heightened driving sensations. On GT Line and GT models, dynamic settings (with the Driver Sport function deployed) enhancing the intensity of lighting, screen displays, configuration of the acoustic environment, release of delicate fragrances, and the possibility to have access to a multi-point massage setting on the driver seat (GT only), combine for a multi-sensory, high quality experience.

Sporty and assertive exterior design

The exterior design of the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV is clean, modern and identifiable, adopting all the traditional characteristics of the SUV and is expressive with a charming appearance.

Viewed from the front, an exclusive sporty grille is surrounded by a bi-aspect ‘Sanded Chrome’ (other versions are chrome), proudly framing the Brand’s lion logo in the centre of a chequered chrome radiator grille.

The overall effect is rounded off by the exclusive bumper design, with more prominent features, combined with the full LED headlights that are more efficient and reduce driver eye fatigue. An elegant profile is highlighted by the line of the stainless steel rear quarter light and window trim finisher. Along with the stainless steel trim which runs along the roof to the rear spoiler, they frame the glazed surfaces with streamlined elegance. The proportions to give it a lower and more dynamic look than the majority of its competitors. GT Line models feature 18” ‘Detroit’ matt Haria alloy wheels to further enhance the sporting theme.

LED welcome lighting (located in the door mirror shells) proudly projects the Brand’s lion logo onto the floor, a sign of the designers’ care and attention to detail.

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At the rear, in addition to the ‘GT Line’ or ‘GT’ badging on the tailgate, double chrome exhaust pipes are located either side of the bumper. These stylistic elements are perfectly integrated, giving an air of chic and elegant sportiness.

The ‘Coupe Franche’ dual colour paint design, a distinctive visual PEUGEOT signature, reserved for GT and GT Line versions can be specified for increased individuality. This takes the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV into another world - that of the distinctive, identifiable and exceptional vehicles. Teamed with Nera Black paint at the rear, customers have the choice of three different paint colours.

In addition to GT Line models, GT versions feature widened wheel arches, 19" ‘Boston’ alloy wheels, slender streamlined aluminium roof bars, chrome door mirror shells and copper GT monogram badging on the front wings. For added convenience GT models feature a smart electric operated tailgate with a foot-movement operation system, allowing the tailgate to be operated while the operatives hands are full (with keys on the person).

Available at the same time as the commercial launch of the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV, the GT and GT Line versions provide an attractive sporty look with an advanced driving experience.

PEUGEOT

Since 1810 PEUGEOT has been producing durable products of excellence, since 1858 all are branded with the Lion logo – chosen to demonstrate strength, suppleness and swiftness to personify the durability of its products. As one of the earliest automotive producers, the PEUGEOT brand can trace its roots back to 1889 when it began producing automobiles and since then over 65 million vehicles have been produced, advancing technology with style and efficiency to enhance the customer experience. Demonstrated through its Brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, PEUGEOT is present in 160 countries, has 10,000 franchised Dealerships and is recognised the world over for the quality and design excellence of its products.

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