PSA Exec Says New Peugeot 3008 Is Better Than VW Tiguan, BMW X1

After losing its MPV body in favor of a more crossover-ish design, the latest generation Peugeot 3008 has filled the PSA Group with optimism.

In fact, the compact model is seen so revolutionary that the Group’s Europ chief, Maxime Picat, told Automobilwoche, during the 2016 Paris Auto Show, that he believes the new 3008 is actually better than the BMW X1 and Volkswagen Tiguan, as AutoNews reports.

Picat’s statement is backed up by the PSA CEO, Carlos Tavares, who shared his thoughts from when he saw the first prototypes: “Visually, it has very strong character. It is a Peugeot model, but it avoids any ostentation.

Despite the French car company keeps calling the 3008 a ‘proper’ SUV, the vehicle lacks an all-wheel drive, but is fitted with an electronic system meant to increase traction on slippery surfaces, called Advanced Grip Control.

However, the automaker won’t leave it like this, as an AWD variant is planned for 2019, coupled with the Group’s petrol-hybrid powertrain, which uses an electric motor to set the rear wheels in motion, and an internal combustion unit that powers the front wheels, in a similar arrangement to the current 3008 diesel hybrid.

On its local market, France, the new Peugeot 3008 carries a starting price of €25,900 ($28,577), for the model powered by a 1.2-liter petrol mill, while the range-topping GT, which uses a 180 PS, 2.0-liter diesel, can be had from €41,600 ($45,900).

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  • Sébastien

    LOL, X1 is definitely still my preferred one.

    Yes the 3008 is refreshing, but the interior quality is still a bit behind (rear doors panels are made of hard plastic)
    Still didn’t get a chance to testdrive it, and see if the driving assistances are working as expected or not.

    • TheHake

      Agreed. And the new Tiguan also has very nice interior quality as well.

      • uS’gedlemba

        So you reckon the Tiguan’s interior is better than the 3008? How so? The car looks great outside and even better on the inside.

        • TheHake

          I meant by the materials used. Plus that tiny, low-slung steering wheel in the Peugeot doesn’t work for me.

        • Paulo de Almeida

          How so? The interior materials and build quality IS NOT THE SAME, the Tiguan has much higher quality materials and the finishing are just faultless. Just try to shake the central console or the front center armrest and you will see the difference between the 2 cars. Also, not all the “gadgets” are on the same level, for example, the 3008 rain sensor is a total disaster and totally useless, the LCD resolution on the Tiguan is much better, the Tiguan is a lot more comfortable, etc, etc …
          So, why did they compare a 3008 with a Tiguan ana X1 ? Why not compare with a Kia ? Why not compare with a Qashqai ? etc, etc… Because they know, and everyone else also knows, that the Tiguan and X1 are the benchmark and the reference for build quality, are the reference for faultless finishing and top equipment.
          Nice attempt peugeot but the Tiguan is still in a higher league

    • uS’gedlemba

      Interior quality still behind? Some people keep shifting goal posts. “and see if the driving assistances are working as expected or not.” get out of here!

      • Paulo de Almeida

        And you are just shifting ignorance !
        In 2 or 3 years this 3008 will be very “old news”, there will be completely new versions and the old ones will look just like all the asian cars do after 3 or 4 years: old cars with no market value ! On the other hand, the Tiguan with its classic design will be exactly the same car, with the same value and with zero plastic noises. The 3008 is like shooting stars, they look great (to some) for a brief moment but then they just fade away. This Tiguan is the kind of car that just grows on you, the first time you look you think it’s old fashioned … but the more you look the more it makes sense, you finally understand and start to appreciate the beauty and clever design. And, if you see the car live you are going to have a big surprise, the photos and images really do not make justice to the car, just go and take a look yourself. The interior materials and build quality IS NOT THE SAME, the Tiguan has much higher quality materials and the finishing are just faultless. Just try to shake the central console or the front center armrest and you will see the difference between the 2 cars. Also, not all the “gadgets” are on the same level, for example, the 3008 rain sensor is a total disaster and totally useless, the LCD resolution on the Tiguan is much better, the Tiguan is a lot more comfortable,
        The 3008 is a great car … but is in a different league, the Tiguan is closer to be a premium car, and as A LOT more market value.
        And every time you cross with a Tiguan, Q3, X1 (even Ateca or Kodiak)c you will always wonder if you shouldn’t have got one of those instead 🙂

        • uS’gedlemba

          You must be high on something cause your level of reasoning is similar to that of a boy whos just hit puberty and has a crush on a girl for the first time, there’s very little evidence that you are thinking straight with all that fannatical hogwash you’ve just posted.

    • Zimny Pawel

      VW Tiguan has some hard plastic too..imho 3008 has better interior..

  • TheHake

    I’ve seen them in France and it’s a great looking car. 1 000 000 times better looking than the one it replaces.

  • pcurve

    Oooh! I like! I love X1, but this one is more dazzling!

  • Zimny Pawel

    Great job .., looks very premium class… 🙂

  • Finkployd

    “Visually, it has very strong character. It is a Peugeot model, but it avoids any ostentation”
    funny he’d say that cause there’s chrome everywhere

    • uS’gedlemba

      When I think 7 Series I can’t help but think of chrome…so they must have copied from the best of the best

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    $28,577), for…a 1.2-liter petrol mill
    Think about that for a moment.

    • uS’gedlemba

      I thought performance was the determining factor and not the displacement

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        A little engine working hard most of the time won’t last as long as a larger non stressed one.

        • dufonrafal .

          You just discovered how expensive cars are in Europe?

          This 1.2 doesn’t need to work hard with the car being really light (even for a compact SUV) and with his peak torque from just 1750rpm to 3000rpm (90% from 1500rpm to 4000rpm).
          Plus this engine probably is one of the most reliable available at the time.

          • thedonscork

            Agreed this engine won international engine of the year two years in a row including this year! Its a corker! And as for the German car fan boys, ye need to stop peddling the same old anti French car outdated stereo typing. The fact is all current Peugeot models are more reliable than any of its German rivals. Thats a fact!

            This is bourne out in warranty directs reliability index and driver power surveys every year. And questioning the quality of its interior??? Give me a break, this 3008 interior is class leading! Certainly beats vw’s play safe dull interior!

        • Obsequious Lickspittle
      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        No substitute for cubes. 😉

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