Stylish, prac­ti­cal and up­mar­ket cross­over

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Back in March the Peu­geot 3008 SUV was voted Euro­pean Car of the Year for 2017 on the eve of the Geneva Mo­tor Show.

With prices start­ing from just over £20,000 it is al­ready some­thing of a sales suc­cess in the UK and I got be­hind the wheel of one last week to find out what is mak­ing it so popular.

The pre­vi­ous 3008 was frankly not very at­trac­tive and was more of an MPV than an SUV/Cross­over but this new model is very stylish and much more butch.

It is easy on the eye and is avail­able with a va­ri­ety of petrol and diesel en­gines. You can choose from 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrols pro­duc­ing 130 and 165bhp re­spec­tively or from two diesels, a 1.6 ca­pa­ble of 120 bhp or a 2.0-litre which pumps out 150 bhp.

You can also se­lect from a num­ber of trim lev­els and even the base mod­els are very well specced.

I sam­pled the 1.6 diesel in GT Line trim with a man­ual six-speed gear­box cost­ing £27,345 - so not cheap but Peu­geot is aim­ing for the premium end of the mar­ket.

The 3008 is now quite a sub­stan­tial car but the 1.6 was al­ways will­ing and never strug­gled on even steep in­clines.

With a top speed of 117mph it tack­led the sprint to 62mph in 11.2 sec­onds with emis­sions of just 104g/km.

The car boasts stop/ start tech­nol­ogy and that con­trib­utes to it be­ing very eco­nom­i­cal. The claimed com­bined fig­ure is 65.7mpg but in the real world you won’t get close to that. I did man­age over 50mpg - not at all bad for a car of this size.

In this front wheel drive form the ride was very good and the 3008 dealt well with all types of road sur­faces. There was bags of grip and very lit­tle roll on cor­ners.

The steer­ing is sharp and ac­cu­rate and al­though I am not a fan of Peu­geot’s overly small steer­ing wheels I got used to it fairly quickly this time.

As you would ex­pect the 3008 is very prac­ti­cal with a large boot and nu­mer­ous other stor­age ar­eas.

The in­te­rior is top-notch with qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and fabrics and the i-Cock­pit is the star of the show and has won many awards on its own. It fea­tures a driver ad­justable dig­i­tal in­stru­ment bin­na­cle which of­fers a huge range of op­tions. Usu­ally only found in more ex­pen­sive ex­ec­u­tive mod­els, Peu­geot has opted to in­tro­duce it to the main­stream and it is a big sell­ing point.

The cabin is spa­cious and the seats are re­ally com­fort­able and the high driv­ing po­si­tion pro­vides good all-round vis­i­bil­ity.

Stan­dard equip­ment on this model in­cludes a mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel, 18-inch two tone fin­ish di­a­mond cut al­loy wheels, twin ex­haust trim, sports front bumper, a black di­a­mond roof, full LED head­lamps and foglamps, scrolling front indi­ca­tors and door mounted ap­proach lights. You also get hill start as­sist, an eight inch colour touch­screen, DAB ra­dio, Blue­tooth and a Smart­phone charg­ing plate as well as the usual power sock­ets.

The 3008 is also crammed with all the lat­est safety fea­tures to give you peace of mind.

Me­tal­lic paint will cost you an ad­di­tional £525 and if you want an open­ing glass sun­roof that will add an­other £990.0.

Over­all the 3008 has been trans­formed into a stylish and prac­ti­cal Cross­over with an up­mar­ket feel. It should cer­tainly be on your short­list if you are con­sid­er­ing chang­ing to this type of ve­hi­cle.

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