If you would like to purchase a compact SUV family French, there is a good chance that your investigation leads you to the Peugeot 3008. It must be said that the model of franc-comtois, which occupies the first place of the podium of the sales of the category in France, does not lack arguments. But in a market where the recreational vehicles have become the norm, competition is fierce. The Renault Kadjar, which were up to now difficult the comparison, has not abdicated. He comes back stronger after making a new skin. Citroen is also taking place in ambush with a C5 Aircross developed around the platform of 3008. At the time the diesel is in loss of speed, we’ve brought together these three SUV’s with the engine gasoline-range products.

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different styles

The models made available to us all benefit from a trim level exclusive: Bst for the Kadjar, Shine for C5 Aircross and GT-Line to the 3008. The Lion looks sharp and sporty. It is shorter than these rivals, and its template is very easy to understand. At Citroën, we chose to give priority to the livability and well-being on board, leave to propose a device more massive. It is more long (4.50 m), high (1.65 m) and has a larger wheelbase (2.73 m) than its opponents of the day. Its design while roundness is pretty original. On the drawing board, the Kadjar has gained modernity, failing to provoke surprise. It is lower and less wide than the two vehicles of the PSA.

Interiors plush in PSA

Peugeot 3008. Francois Cap/François Bouchon / Le Figaro

The interior of the Peugeot is a real pleasure for the eyes with its i-cockpit and their keys piano oriented towards the driver. The design is original, and the perceived quality approach of the standard to the premium. The interior of the C5 Aircross is more agreed upon, and, if it does not suffer from faults in particular, it is still less sympathetic than that of his cousin. The Kadjar rest here a little behind: his presentation is less neat, and the choice of materials leaves to be desired. In terms of technology, the gap is widening in favour of the vehicles of the PSA. Their combined instrumentation, digital are customizable, which is not the case at Renault. The central touch-screen, good definition, is pleasant and easy to use. The movement in the menus of the screen of the Kadjar is not a model of simplicity and the graphics do not shine by their quality or by their novelty. The fuel gauge, for its part, appears to be too imposing. Regarding ergonomics, the roles are reversed. The 3008 has a very nice dashboard, but it requires a period of adaptation. The C5 Aircross needle to be a better driver, but, as at Peugeot, some essential functions (like air conditioning) needed to pass through the central screen. This may take a long time and especially reduce the driver’s attention. The Kadjar is the most intuitive of the trio. The setting of the air-conditioning can be done easily by using a simple knob.

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Citroen: best allied families

Citroën C5 Aircross. Francois Cap/François Bouchon / Le Figaro

At the time of vacation, the Kadjar, with his trunk of a capacity of 472 litres, will not be the best companion. The 3008 is better (520 litres), and the C5 Aircross wins the round with a load capacity of 580 litres. The case of the maximum capacity, when its rivals revolve around 1480 litres, the C5 Aircross offers 1630 litres. Larger riders (over 1.85 m) will be a little cramped in the back of the 3008 and the Kadjar. On our test models, the presence of a sunroof cut the guard to the roof a few precious centimeters. Deprived of this option, our C5 Aircross could accommodate three people of large size without difficulty. Another advantage of the SUV to the rafters: its modularity. Its three rear seats slide independently, enabling it to meet a variety of needs.

Comfort or dynamism, 3 or 4-cylinder engine

The first thing that one notices when one rushes to the wheel of the 3008, this is his bottom bracket consistent. Of course, it is based in the city, but it’s hard sometimes to find the point of skating. The 3-cylinder petrol 1.2-litre is smooth and linear. The 130 hp is sufficient to pull the 1320 kg of this SUV, but a few horses more would not hurt, in particular, to facilitate overtaking. Its braking bite, and its excellent transport links to the ground will be appreciated by the drivers athletes. The 3008 is also the only one of the three to have a sport mode that acts on the sound of the engine and which strengthens the direction. It will, however, not to be confused with a GTI because the high center of gravity does not fully annihilate the body movements. Its dynamism does not compromise the comfort that is satisfactory. On this point, the C5 Aircross makes the difference, taking great care of its occupants. The seats are soft and the shock absorbers stops hydraulic can ride several hours on various surfaces, without fatigue or pain to the key. Ransom of his typing comfort, this SUV hate to be harsh, and it pays for a significant roll. A reflection of a higher weight, the 3-cylinders appears to be less dashing at the wheel of the 3008.

Renault Kakjar. Francois Cap/François Bouchon / Le Figaro

the controls of the Kadjar, we note immediately a pedal more firm, the source of fatigue in congestion but ensures a high precision on gear changes. The guidance of his command of the box is higher than that of its rivals, but the plastic lever, giving an impression of fragility, is not really pleasant to handle. Of the three SUV, the Kadjar is the one that offers the best compromise of comfort/dynamism. The direction of firm, however, would not displeasing to us. The Kadjar widens the gap in terms of performance. The result of a displacement, power and torque higher. In addition, the test of the road, the SUV from Renault has not shown to be more efficient than its rivals (approximately 7.6 litres/100 km on average). In use, the downsizing of engines, the PSA reached its limits.

We would like to thank warmly for his welcome Didier Papaz, president of the higher School of design of Troyes, whose premises are in the former abbey of Saint-Martin-ès-Aires, dating back to the Seventeenth century.

Our opinion

after several hundred miles, the Peugeot 3008 is not dethroned. It offers an ideal compromise between driving pleasure and practicality, and it remains, in our view, the SUV to be the most desirable of this match. But for those who prefer comfort and peace of mind will go for the Citroen C5 Aircross, more convenient for big trips. Far from unworthy, the Renault Kadjar is suffering from a design more old. It was, however, beautiful remains, and is also an option to consider. It is also the least expensive of the trio, but he was given a malus ecological of 353 euros, compared with 40 euros only for the achievements of PSA.

The models made available to us all benefit from a trim level exclusive: Bst for the Kadjar, Shine for C5 Aircross and GT-Line to the 3008. Francois Cap/François Bouchon / Le Figaro

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