3. PEUGEOT3008

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

PEU­GEOT’S de­ci­sion to trans­form its 3008 from a peo­ple car­rier-style crossover into an SUV is pay­ing off, with the new car re­ally stand­ing out from the crowd thanks to its bold ex­te­rior styling and stun­ning in­te­rior.

It might not be as much fun to drive as a SEAT Ateca, but it has a com­fort­able ride, lots of space and low run­ning costs, and it proves that the brand is truly back on form and build­ing some great cars.

The 3008 also com­petes in one of the most fiercely fought seg­ments, with cars such as the Ateca, Nis­san Qashqai and Re­nault Kad­jar all vy­ing for busi­ness.

Still, the Peu­geot brings plenty to the con­test. One of its big­gest sell­ing points is its fan­tas­tic in­te­rior de­sign. Called i-cock­pit 2, it em­ploys a small steer­ing wheel, raised dig­i­tal di­als and wrap­around cen­tre con­sole that gives you the feeling of be­ing cocooned in the car.

It also fea­tures a re­ally slick in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, which is con­trolled via tog­gle switches on the dash, mak­ing it in­tu­itive and easy to use on the move. If you go for Al­lure spec­i­fi­ca­tion, our pre­ferred trim level, you also get partleather seats, full LED head­lamps and 3D sat-nav.

There’s a strong en­gine line-up as well. The one we’d pick is the 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel, which is a smooth and re­fined per­former and de­liv­ers fan­tas­tic claimed econ­omy of more than 70mpg. Al­though no 4WD model is of­fered, the 3008 does come with a neat Grip Con­trol sys­tem to max­imise trac­tion when off road or in snow. Price range: £22,495-£33,695 Our pick: 1.6 Blue­hdi 120 S&S Al­lure (£26,125) En­gine: 1.6-litre 4cyl diesel, 118bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man, front-wheel drive Top speed: 117mph Econ­omy: 70.6mpg CO2: 104g/km

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