Being the fantastic Auntie that I am, I regularly take my young nephews out. However, a two and five year old with a buggy and a two seater car aren’t a great match, so Crawley Down Peugeot lent me the Peugeot 3008 1.6 HDi FAP Active for the weekend.
The 3008 is Peugeot’s popular crossover produced to rival the Nissan Qashqai. I must admit on the outside this isn’t the sort of car I would normally choose, but what it lacks in looks it makes up in practicality and I soon found it to be the ideal drive having two young children with me. With its taller build it was easy to load the children in and out. There is plenty of room to seat three adults in the back, or in my case two child seats – it may even have fitted a third for an older child. With a 512 litre boot it’s large enough to fit a buggy and plenty of other bags we needed for our trip, plus it has a moveable boot floor with three different positions so storage isn’t an issue.
I found the driver’s seat and position very comfortable, with a well-placed arm rest for my left arm. It came equipped with the much needed rear parking sensors, cruise control, air conditioning, panoramic glass roof and the lightweight steering gave it a smooth ride.
For a bulkier car with only a 1.6 engine I was surprised at how nippy it was doing 0 -62 at 13.6 seconds. The 3008 is available in petrol or diesel engine, manual or automatic, 1.6 or 2.0 litre.
All in all it’s a good choice if space, comfort and smooth driving are what you are after.
• The storage capability
• Spacious up front
• Full length glass roof
When Crawley Down Group offered me the opportunity to drive any of their cars I knew exactly what car I wanted to get my hands on…. The Peugeot RCZ!
The RCZ is an immediate head turner, with a similar body shape to the Audi TT it sure has the looks to rival other similar sports cars in the market. I was driving the GT 2.0 HDi model along with additional extras of the 19 inch wheels, Xeon headlights and black arches. With a white body and contoured shape it was extremely striking.
Inside the car it is remarkably spacious – in the front at least. As with most sports coupes it would really only hold 2 smaller people in the back. The interior is leather which comes as standard and looks very slick. As soon as I got in I loved the feeling of the sports seats and they were surprisingly comfortable.
Driving along the A roads I didn’t notice the 2.0 litre engine or 163 BHP but let loose on a dual carriage way or motorway and the RCZ showed me what it was made of, and that was without the use of the sixth gear!
I’m used to driving fairly modest cars, so I was concerned about parking a car the size of the RCZ. I needn’t had worried as it comes fully equipped with front and rear parking sensors which made it effortless to park – even easier than my current smaller car! It even beeps to alert you that it’s in reverse gear, in the unlikely event that you put it in reverse by accident (not that I would do a thing like that!).
It was very difficult to give this car back, and I am seriously considering this as my next purchase due to its value for money against its comparable opponents at around £10k cheaper.
- Sassy sports exterior
- The speed and acceleration
- Parking sensors