I passed my driving test way back in 2004, when I was 20. Since then, I have had quite a few cars – some loved more than others. On New Year’s Eve, we picked up our new family car – A Peugeot 3008 GT Line. This is my first ever Red car, and I am a little giddy about the colour! Our son has disabilities, and has finally been awarded Motability, so we set about trying to find the perfect car for him (and us) as a family)…
Why The Peugeot 3008?
We’ve been shopping around for our new car for what feels like forever. We needed a car with a large enough boot to fit the dogs in. (We’ve got 2 boxers). I wanted an SUV this time, as it was becoming painful bending down to strap the kids in – especially our son, who needs a harness in the car.
Initially, I was favouring the Ford Grand C-Max as the rear sliding doors were a huge plus for us. (We have a designated parking space at home, so it’s a nightmare getting the kids in and out sometimes). However, when we went to view one, we found it really basic and didn’t feel the quality was there to justify the on the road price.
We stumbled across the Peugeot 3008 GT Line when we went to view the Peugeot 5008. I was already sure the 5008 was too big (and expensive) for our family’s needs, but I hadn’t been aware of the Peugeot 3008 before. As soon as we saw her parked up in the showroom, I knew this was the car for us!
Why Choose The Peugeot 3008 GT Line
We found the staff in the dealership we went to (Robins & Day, Manchester) super helpful, and very knowledgeable. Once hubby test drove it, there was no doubt this was the car for us!
Initially, we were going to go for the Allure model, but when we did the maths, we realised it made sense to go for the GT Line. I knew I’d want to add the charging plate, and the black interior and rear tinted windows would make travelling in the car much calmer for the kids too. (Our son has Autism, and struggles in the car when it’s really bright).
The other factor was that if we chose the red model (which we all loved), we could take it that week. If we ordered in an Allure, it would likely be April before it arrived. That would have meant putting our old car through another MOT and service.
Ticking The Boxes
As you can see, it definitely ticks the boot space box! (The base drops down 4 inches too, which allows even more space – great if you’ve got dogs, like us).
We don’t need to worry about prams any more, but our old double buggy would have fitted in here easily, too.
Hubby is a big fan of gadgets. The Peugeot 3008 GT Line definitely delivers on that front! It’s got built in sat nav, a smartphone charging plate, rear parking camera, car play, and loads more too. I especially love that I can turn the speakers in the front off while leaving the kids music playing in the back.
The rear parking camera is a total win too. It makes parking such a huge beast of a car a breeze in supermarkets, multi storey car parks and our designated parking space at home.
Style of the Peugeot 3008 GT Line
The interior of the Peugeot 3008 GT Line feels like a cockpit. The paddle style buttons are similar to those within an aircraft, and it feels very futuristic. There are 2 displays. The main one, which sits in the middle of the dashboard. This stouchscreen display is where you control your usual in-car features from. You also see your sat nav and rear camera here, and you make and receive calls from this screen, too.
The second screen is the driver’s panel. This can show your sat nav, or your usual driving controls. It’s all digital and really intuitive. The Exterior is beautiful too, of course…!
How Does The Peugeot 3008 GT Line Drive?
I was really worried about driving our new car for the first time. Mainly because it’s Diesel and I have only driven cars petrol before. The first time I took it out, I went to a local park’s car park (which is always empty on weekdays). Once there, I practiced setting off, reversing, parking, clutch control and heat changes. After 5 minutes, I realised my fears were completely silly.
The Peugeot 3008 GT Line is by far the best manual car I have ever driven. It’s smooth, feels safe and the in built safety features are also a huge comfort for this anxious mum. (It has lots of those – including a blind spot alert, which flashes if someone is over or undertaking you. There’s an auto emergency stop, in case someone pulls out on you too). When you’re on the motorway, the car monitors your lane positioning and alerts you if you start veering to one side.
All told, I am extremely happy so far. Granted, I have only driven 300 miles in her, so far. I will be sure to write another post in a few months time to update on the long term use.
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