The newest Peugeot to hit our region, the 3008 compact SUV, has gone through ANCAP’s gauntlet of crash and safety evaluations, emerging with a full 5-star rating prior to its full local launch later this month.
Many of the structure deformation data along with various other measurements were supplied from their colleagues at Euro NCAP, as is the case with many identically constructed cars sold in multiple markets. The 3008 took an overall Adult Occupant Protection score of 86 percent and a Child Occupant Safety rating of 85 percent, comparing favourably against some of the newest competition such as the Volkswagen Tiguan which took a similar 84 percent in the latter test but a substantially better 94 percent in the former.
As standard, the 3008 comes with dual front, side chest and side head (curtain) airbags. In addition, active safety features such as Lane Departure Warning and Speed Assistance are available from the get-go. Autonomous Emergency Braking, which can stop the vehicle in the event of an imminent collision quicker than a human driver could react, as well as Lane Keep Assist, become available only on more expensive variants.
Such as it’s named, the 308 occupies roughly the same space on the road as the 308 hatch upon which it’s heavily based. The SUV is obviously taller, but uses the same 1.6-litre diesel, 1.6-litre petrol, and 2.0-litre diesel engines found in the 308 and other PSA Group vehicles as well as sharing the EMP2 platform.
In Australia, the engine roster is filled by a 121kW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged THP 165 petrol unit and a 133kW/400Nm 2.0-litre BlueHDi four-cylinder turbodiesel spread over the Active, Allure, GT-Line, and GT grades. Additionally, every 3008 will receive Peugeot’s new-generation i-Cockpit advanced in-car interface, pairing a 12.3-inch digital instrument with an 8-inch central touch screen.