Design: gets tighter
On this occasion, we are talking about two front competitors. And still, without a doubt, one of the most important games in the entire European car market. After a daring comparison between the Peugeot 408 and the Renault Austral last week, let us confront the latest family SUV of the diamond brand with its main rival: the 3008, which is the envy of all European manufacturers with its very good commercial success over the old continents First of all, on the styling side, the Austral seems to be much better armed than the previous Kadjar. If you keep a fairly classic approach, the beautiful hi-tech signature of its optics and the Mégane E-Tech-like front end will certainly have their small effect. The Austral is also slightly larger than the 3008 at 4.51 meters in length versus the Peugeot’s 4.44 metres. As for the external presentation in any case, it is difficult to seriously decide between these two models.
Advantage : tie
Interior presentation: beautiful remains for the 3008
The interior presentation is clearly one of the strengths of the new Renault Austral. With its ultra-modern dashboard reminiscent of an electric car (there are two large screens including the 12-inch one in the center console), it makes a giant leap compared to the Kadjar and the finish is also announced to be of excellent quality. But even after eight years of racing, the interior of the Peugeot 3008 (restyled in 2020) still shines with its style and finish. Its sporty design dashboard, adorned with an 8-inch touch screen, favors the eye and the touch. This dashboard even seems more aesthetic to us than the 408 and 308, which are more recent.
Advantage : tie
Habitability/trunk: very close
In the rear seats, these two family SUVs will be the vehicles of choice for traveling with passengers sitting on the sidewalk. Even tall men won’t find the time too long thanks to legroom as generous as headroom. On the other hand, the Peugeot has a small advantage in terms of the volume of the trunk with 520 liters compared to the 500 of the Renault. The order is reversed in the hybrid versions, with 385 liters respectively for the Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid and 430 liters for the Renault Austral E-Tech. In short, here’s another giveaway.
Advantage : tie
Engine range: not the same technologies
Unlike the new 408, the Peugeot 3008 retains the diesel option in its range with a 130-horsepower unit available in manual and automatic transmission. It also offers no less than two plug-in hybrid versions (225 and 300 horsepower) in addition to a small 130-horsepower gasoline engine. The Renault Austral, for the time being, dispenses with the rechargeable hybrid. But it displays a wide range of gasoline engines ranging from mild hybridization (in 130, 140 or 160 horsepower) to the most advanced E-Tech hybridization (160 and 200 horsepower). Fuel oil fans will complain and those who only bet on plug-in hybrids will regret Renault’s approach. But even without diesel or plug-in hybridization, the fuel consumption and CO2 weights announced by Renault are low (between 4.8 and 6.3 l/100 km depending on the version for a CO2 range of between 105 and 142 g/ km). Once again, it is difficult to decide between them. Even in terms of dynamic behavior in the absence of having been able to test the Renault Austral at the moment, although it seems well equipped to respond to a very agile 3008 thanks to its optional rear wheels.
Advantage : tie
Technology: Renault takes the lead
The main technological advantage of the Austral on board is the famous OpenR Link operating system working with Google, located light years away from the slowness of the old Kadjar on-board computer interface. What to take advantage of in the 3008 that is made up with its aging interface. The latter does not detract from all that: with a good level of connectivity, it also offers the main driving aids on the market and does not seem so old-fashioned from the point of view of its equipment. Let’s not forget that it must make way for a completely new model next year.
Advantage : RENAULT
The winner: Renault Austral?
The Renault Austral plays up the low-key family SUVs in terms of styling. It does not incorporate any technological revolution and does not offer diesel or rechargeable hybridization. But with its ultra-modern details, clearly improved interior presentation, excellent interior space and consistent engines, it seems perfectly equipped to play the benchmarks in the category. The Peugeot 3008 is not a demerit, especially since it must pass to a new generation in a short time. But his new competitor should make his life more difficult than the Kadjar at the moment. It remains to be seen how the brand new 3008 will be and to know the prices of the Austral. The current 3008 starts at €33,520 (Active Pack Puretech 130 manual gearbox) and the 300-horsepower plug-in hybrid in GT Pack finish goes up to €57,500. Will the Renault be more affordable?
Caradisiac, partner of the Paris Motor Show
As in 2018, Caradisiac is once again a partner in 2022 of the Mondial de l’Auto which will take place in Paris from October 17 to 23. Caradisiac’s editorial team will thus move to its own stand for the duration of the show to analyse, dissect, photograph and film all the new models. And this, of course, will also be an opportunity for you to come, as you are used to, to meet our journalists. What new or used car to buy? They will answer all your questions. Until then, we will give you in Caradisiac all the information that we have been able to obtain from the manufacturers about their new models.
Where : Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles
When ? From Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 October (day reserved for the press on Monday 17)
What time? From Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22: from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day; Sunday, October 23: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
the essay news It will take place in the hall from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
How much ? Two differentiated rates between the week and the weekend for adults (€16 and €20); for children from 7 to 17 years old: €8 and €10 (ie 50% discount).
Free entry for children under 7 years old.
How ? By taking tickets by following this link, or by logging in at https://mondial.paris/billetterie. Purchase also possible at the reception desks in Hall 5.1 (depending on the number of places remaining)
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