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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
October / November 2010 23 Driver training for all .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment RACT Driver Training graduates receive special discounts on joining RACT Roadside membership. Defensive Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6232 6399 Launceston 6335 5612 Devonport 6421 1918 Burnie 6434 2913 6548B www.ract.com.au Life on the move She says Lindy George If you’re in the market for an SUV there’s certainly plenty to choose from and now here’s another to add to your test dr ive list – the Peugeot 3008. We drove the XSE 1.6 litre turbo diesel with a couple of upgrades – leather trim with heated front seats (a necessity on cold mornings as leather can be icy-cold). Our six speed Pug could be driven as an auto, manual or paddle shift. It was somewhat slow-moving through the lower gears but once it was out on the highway the Pug was quiet and cr uisy. Fuel consumption sat on a combined city/highway cycle of around 6.0L/100km. Safety includes six airbags, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control (TC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and the option of a Gr ip Control System (available late 2010). It has the convenience of rear-parking sensors, hill assist, auto headlights, auto wipers, cruise control, climate control (w ith pollen filter and rear vents), rear-side sun blinds and electric handbrake. Cruise and audio controls are mounted on the steering column but are obscured by the steering wheel, so it’s advisable to make yourself familiar w ith their use as operation is by touch not sight! Perfectly-sized for the family, it comfortably seats both driver and passengers. Peugeot has given a lot of thought to the design with a three-position boot f loor giving you ease of loading/unloading and a secure lower section to stow all the valuable stuff. The split rear tailgate gives you even more versatility and with 60/40 folding rear seats, you’ll have 1604 litres of boot space even w ith a full-size spare wheel. The boot light doubles as a removable, rechargeable torch – just br illiant! There’s also additional underf loor storage in the rear-seat foot wells. The caver nous centre console is chilled – and perfect for storing your road trip chocolate supply! It did however have a lack of cup holders. Attention to detail shines through both on the exterior and interior. Features such as the raised console, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, lumbar support and head rests that have both height and angle adjustment, all combine to make driving a pleasure. Recently released in Australia and with a starting price of around $36,000, the Peugeot 3008 adds yet another option to the competitive SUV segment. ANCAP Rating ★★★★★ Green Vehicle R ating ★★★ 1⁄2
Aug Sep 2010