There are so many popular premium mid-size SUVs on the market today. In Australia, these types of vehicles are becoming increasingly popular amongst couples and small-to-medium size families.
We’ve compared two top-class medium sized SUVs: the BMW X3 and the Peugeot 3008, to decide once and for all which vehicle is the best contender in its segment on the market today.
The BMW X3 is a perfect car for riders who are lounging about in a very spacious back seat. It has a muscular design, and it’s packed full of clever technology (including BMW’s latest autonomous technology).
The Peugeot 3008 has a brilliant design aesthetic, and it is well-equipped with engine choices and technological features that most Australian buyers are seeking. It has recently won a lot of major international awards, such as the 2017 European Car of The Year.
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There are three variants of the BMW X3 range:
The xDrive20d ($68,900);
The xDrive30i ($75,900);
The xDrive30d ($83,900).
The 3008 range, however, is far more affordable. It arrives in four variants:
The cheapest Active ($36,990);
The mid-spec Allure ($39,490);
The mid-spec GT Line ($43,490);
The top-class GT trim (49,490).
The entry-level of BMW X3 will earn you 19-inch-alloys, LED headlights and roof rails. Inside you’ll find seats trimmed with leather, a steering wheel that is lined with leather, navigation, a colour display, and for all compatible phones, a wireless charging pad. There is also a 6.5inch touchscreen which pairs with a six-speaker stereo and a three-zone climate control.
If you go up to the identical 30d or 30i then you will have alloys (20 inches) and leather seats. There is also a bigger touchscreen (10.25-inches), which runs the state-of-the-art iDrive system. There is also a 12-inch display which replaces the traditional gauges.
A cost option is also available for the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system’s wireless version is all yours for an affordable $623. You could also splash out on a16-speaker stereo for an additional $2000.
The range of Peugeot 3008s starts with the Active for a reasonable $36,990. This entry-point model comes equipped with roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, and you will also receive automatic wipers and headlights.
The interior of the Peugeot 3008 features an extremely cool feature known as the “i-Cockpit.” This is a 12.3-inch digital display. It also includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen that is equipped for both Apple Car Play and Android Auto, navigation, dual-zone climate control and mobile phone induction charging.
If you purchase the $39,490 Allure, you will be adding attractive features, such as keyless entry and start with a push button. There are also other nifty design features such as rear window privacy glass and an excellent insert fabric dash. Additionally, you will also acquire 18-inch alloys and LED lights that will illuminate the ground under both the driver and passenger doors.
The GT-Line priced at $43,490 adds in fog lights and LED headlights. There are also some wonderful exterior elements on the design of the vehicle which include: twin exhaust tips, stainless steel scuff plates, and an upgraded design on 18-inch wheels.
The top-class model, the $49,490 GT upgrades the wheels to alloys that are 19 inches, has a Alcantra-setup instead of the standard cloth seats, which includes a dash insert. There is also an attractive front seat feature, in that they are equipped with heating and massage capabilities.
The BMW X3 safety begins with six airbags, which are located on the dual front, front-side and curtain. You will also get compulsory, but high-quality features including cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and a city-speed auto emergency braking system, which is essential for the detection of pedestrians that BMW calls its Approach Control Warning. With the X3 you will also find parking sensors in the front and rear, a reversing camera and a parking assistant function which will tell you if you are going to fit in a parking space.
If you move up to the 30i or 30d you will also add on the Driving Assistant Plus, which also included Active Cruise Control with AEB, cross-traffic warning and steering and lane assistants that form part of BMW’s autonomous package. This will allow you (in the right conditions) to take your hands away from the wheel up to 40 seconds.
The X3 was awarded an impressive maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating when it was initially tested back in 2011.
The Peugeot 3008 does omit the AEB on its more cost-effective models. However, you shouldn’t let this put you off. There are plenty of state-of-the-art standard safety features that make the Peugeot 3008 a strong contender for the greatest medium-sized SUV on the Australian market.
With the Peugeot 3008, you can expect six airbags (front, front-side and curtain. There is also the usual suite of traction and braking aids. One excellent touch across every trim level is a standard speed-limit-recognition system. This will read the speed signs as you pass them and beam that information onto the digital screen in the driver’s binnacle. There is also a distance alert that warns you when you are too close to the car in front, a lane departure warning and a standard fatigue warning as well.
Don’t worry AEB isn’t forgotten completely. It is included on the GT Line and GT grades, along with active lane keeping, adaptive cruise with complete stop, active blind spot detection and automatic high beams.
Engine and Transmission
We can kick off the proceedings with the xDrive20d, which features a four-cylinder diesel engine with the capacity of 2.0 litres. This engine is great for 140kW. An eight-speed automatic is paired with the engine, and it redistributes its power to all of the vehicle’s wheels.
If you upgrade to the petrol-powered xDrive30i, you will be greeted with a four-cylinder unit under the bonnet with the capacity of 2.0-litres. The engine is coupled with an automatic eight-speed. Like the xDrive20d it sends power to all its wheels, and will trim the sprint to 100km/h.
The real champion in the BMW X3 family is the xDrive30d, which has a six-cylinder engine which is appropriate for 195kW. This vehicle also comes with an identical eight-speed automatic to the 30i, which produces an efficient sprint of 100km/h.
The Peugeot 3008 has two impressive engines on offer. The Active, GT Line and Allure variants have a petrol version, with a diesel offered up for the highest-grade GT variant.
The turbo-charged petrol option produces 6000rpm and at 1400rpm. This exclusively pairs with an automatic six-speed that distributes power through to the wheels at the front. You can also anticipate a 9.9sec 0-100km/h time, with a 201km/h high speed.
The diesel model has a 2.0-litre unit which pairs with an identical auto six-speed, which also redistributes power to the wheels at the front. This sprightly model is appropriate for a 0-100km/h sprint for 8.9 secs, and at most can do 207km/h.
The best choice in the BMW X3 range is the smallest diesel variant which can easily sip 5.7 litres for each hundred kilometres on the claimed/combine cycle. Its’ CO2 emissions are pegged at 148g/km.
The xDrive30i petrol variant will see the use of fuel climb up to a claimed/combined 7.6L/100km. Its emissions are 174g/Km. The biggest diesel can reach 6.0L/100km (claimed/combined) and 159g/km of CO2.
The size of the fuel tank could be can be 60, 65 or 68 litres.
The petrol version of the Peugeot 3008 can sip 7.0L/100km, whilst the diesel version requires 4.8 litres to be able to get to the exact same distance. Its’ emissions in the petrol can be 156g/km and in the diesel are 124g/km.
The 3008 is equipped with a tank of 53 litres.
The Overall Verdict
The third-generation models of the X3 delivers an effortless performance in a combination that is comfortable, quiet and practical.
Our winner, however is the Peugeot 3008. It is the model that will enable the French car manufacturer to become a force to reckon with on Australian roads. Its’ striking looks, excellent interior design and strong engine and transmission are next to none!