David Lin­klater.

Christchurch Mail - - MOTORING -

This just in: Peu­geot has de­cided to stop be­ing weird with its 3008 and rein­vent it as a con­ven­tional SUV. The kind we Ki­wis like.

The Euro­peans cer­tainly like the all-new 3008, be­cause it was voted Euro Car of the Year 2017. The new model is now avail­able in New Zealand, at prices from $39,990 to $54,990, with tur­bopetrol or turbo-diesel power.

While the 3008 has gone from space-pod to con­ven­tional-SUV pro­por­tions, it’s un­likely to blend into the crowd. Peu­geot has gone pretty big on the bling – it’s strik­ing on the out­side and even more in­di­vid­ual on the in­side. It won’t ap­peal to ev­ery­body, but then good things never do. Size-wise we’d call it al­most-medium: the wheel­base is the same as a Mazda CX-5 or Kia Sportage, but it’s shorter over­all than ei­ther.

If diesel is fall­ing out of favour in Europe, some­body for­got to tell Peu­geot. Half the Kiwi 3008 range is com­pres­sion­ig­ni­tion (HDi in Peu­geot’s lan­guage) and in­deed, our flag­ship GT model is only avail­able with a 2-litre tur­bod­iesel (there’s also a 1.6-litre HDi of­fered for the lower-spec Al­lure). It’s as clean as it can be, though: ev­ery en­gine in the 3008 range is Euro 6-com­pli­ant.

It’s a grunty thing, with enough torque to keep the front

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