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Peugeot 3008 1.6 HDi 112 FAP Sportium Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

A 5am start ahead of a 3-hour drive from Oldham in Lancashire down to Millbrook in Bedfordshire for the 2012 SMMT Test Day certainly provided a good opportunity to assess this limited edition Sportium version of Peugeot’s 3008 crossover. Read on to find out how this 1.6-litre diesel model fared on our Millbrook-bound road trip encompassing the windy, undulating Woodhead Pass and the good ol’ M1.

The car that wants to be everything

With the Nissan Qashqai and the surge of other crossovers set firmly in its sights, the Peugeot 3008 set out to combine style, safety, practicality, environmental friendliness, high quality comfort and desirability into one package. Blending the best of hatchback, SUV and MPV together, Peugeot also wanted the 3008 crossover to be enjoyable to drive – not just simply a lifeless family wagon.

Peugeot 3008 HDi 112 FAP Sportium road test review by Oliver Hammond SimonsCarSpots - front 34 photo lead

Aiming to tick the hatchback box with a comfortable driving position, decent handling and strong road-holding, the SUV box with its high-up driving position, split tailgate and rugged looks, and the MPV box by means of bags of interior space and practicality, the Peugeot 3008 crossover was certainly Continue Reading →


Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200 Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

What sets the RCZ apart in the Peugeot range, aside from it currently being the French firm’s only 2+2 sports coupé? While the other cars in the Peugeot range have numbers for names, the RCZ has letters. The ‘THP’ stands for Turbo High Pressure and the RCZ was originally launched with THP 156 petrol and HDi 163 diesel variants. The numbers do indeed indicate the horsepower, but don’t go thinking that the ‘200’ version I tested this week is simply different in that it has approximately 50 more horses than the other petrol model.

Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200 Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond Simons Car Spots - lead photo

Sex Sells – and so do sexy cars

During my week with the Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200, it’s fair to say that it attracted a lot of very positive looks and attention. First appearing as a jaw-dropping concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot announced at the Geneva Motor Show the following year that they would be turning the RCZ into a reality, set to hit the UK shores within a relatively short time-frame, via the production line at Magna Steyr in Austria. It’s no surprise that the RCZ has a captivating appearance. Just look at it. It’s gorgeous from almost every angle, from the sweeping side profile with its flared wheel arches to the wide, sporty bonnet and beautifully svelte rear. Sure, the RCZ does share some design similarities with Continue Reading →


Peugeot 508 HDi 200 GT Saloon Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

I’m renowned for my love of large French cars, particularly top of the range ones with all the toys, so it goes without saying that I was itching to get my hands on a Peugeot 508 saloon. Having driven a fair few executive saloons this year already, it was going to be interesting to see how the 508 stacked up – especially in tantalising GT guise.

Modern Looks and Traditional Values Expertly Blended

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Peugeot saloons have never been bad-looking. The 406 saloon was a decent enough attempt, selling large numbers in the UK particularly in the fleet market, and obviously led to the Pininfarina-designed 406 Coupe which hardly anyone will dispute as being a beautiful car. It was replaced by the streamlined, rakish 407 saloon, SW and coupe range, with their gaping ‘basking shark’ front grilles and sleek, sporty lines, which heralded a more daring edge to Peugeot’s design philosophy. And in the background, parallel to both the 406 and 407, there was another Peugeot saloon knocking around – the Continue Reading →


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