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FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE – Peugeot 3008

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Earlier this year, Peugeot South Africa extended the 3008 SUV range with the introduction of a diesel-powered engine, to supplement its existing petrol version.

The 3008 Active and Allure models comprise of two engine variants, the 121kw/240nm 1.6 THP Auto and the 110kw/370nm 2.0 litre HDi. In Active spec, the HDi motor sends power to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox (incidentally, the only manual in the range). The oil burner boasts claimed fuel economy of 5L/100kms.

Equipped with the latest generation of Peugeot's driver oriented i-Cockpit, the latest safety technologies as well as radical good looks, the 3008 proves that it has what it takes to be a real contender in the fiercely competitive compact SUV market, going up against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Renault Kadjar, Toyota RAV4 and the Hyundai Tucson to name a few.

But almost shockingly – in a time when the cost of everything is increasing at an alarming rate in South Africa – Peugeot have in fact reduced the pricing on their diesel-powered 3008 Active 2,0 HDi - which now stands at R429 900 – and the 3008 Allure 2,0 HDi auto now at R479 900 – both some R20 000 less that before! They have also streamlined their 3008 line-up by dropping the Allure+ and GT Line+ derivatives, bringing the total models offered down from seven to five.

The entry-level 208 range has also been tweaked. While no models have been dropped from the range, there are massive price reductions for half of the models in the line-up. The 208 Active 1.2 PureTech and the Allure 1.2 PureTech are now priced at R199 000 and R229 000 respectively, representing a R25 000 reduction on the Active, and a R10 000 reduction on the Allure. The two GT-Line models remain priced at R269 900 for the manual, and R279 900 for the automatic.

As a refresher, both cars are powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol motor that produces 60kw and 118nm, whilst being available only with a 5-speed manual transmission. They are both capable of 0-100kph in 12.2 seconds, a top speed of 175kph, whilst average fuel consumption is claimed to be sub 4.5l/100kms.

The 208 comes standard with a 3-year/45 000km service Plan, while the 3008 comes with a 4-year/60 000km service plan. A 3-year warranty

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