Pil­ing the plau­dits on bril­liant SUV

The lat­est ver­sion of the 3008 has been win­ning awards all over the place and right­fully so, writes Steve Teale

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - CARS -

I don’t al­ways give a lot of cre­dence to the Euro­pean Car of the Year award.

I mean, some cars have been wor­thy win­ners such as Ford Mon­deo (1994) and Fiat 500 (2008), but oth­ers have mys­ti­fied car en­thu­si­asts down the years.

How did Au­to­bianchi Pri mu la( run­ner up in 1965) and Toy­ota iQ (run­ner up in 2010) take hon­ours?

Auto bi an chi has been lost in the mists of time and the quirky iQ was in­ter­est­ing and pleas­ant but it was hardly a gamechanger.

And how come the most sig­nif­i­cant­car in the last cou­ple of decades, the MINI, didn’t fea­ture? When it was launched in 2001, the Alfa Romeo 147 was some­how de­clared more sig­nif­i­cant. The 147 was im­pres­sive and gave new hope to Alfa but it wasn’t in the same class as MINI.

Yet some­times the Car of the Year award hits the nail right on the head. The cur­rent win­ner is just such an ex­am­ple, the Peu­geot 3008.

On the one hand it is a con­ven­tional SUV and there is lit­tle revo­lu­tion­ary about such a model. But on the other it is such a hi-tech piece of tech­nol­ogy that it is quite stag­ger­ing. It is sim­ply the best car in its class by a mile with some in­ge­nious fea­tures.

Take the cabin, or as Peu­geot calls it, the i-cock­pit. It has a fantastic lay­out which is de­signed to of­fer an ‘in­tu­itive and en­gag­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’ and it is the key be­hind this car’ s suc­cess.

But it also has more style than most mini-SUVs and ex­cel­lent per­for­mance, in this case from a three-cylin­der 1.2- litre en­gine. These com­pact en­gines are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar but it is still stun­ning to feel the power and sporti­ness from such a tiny unit in such a big car.

So, how does the 3008 shape up? It is claimed to be the most ad­vanced Peu­geot ever. At just 4,450mm long it is one of the most com­pact mod­els in its class but thanks to clever de­sign it is also one of the most spa­cious.

It has a longer wheel­base than the out­go­ing ver­sion and much more cabin space, es­pe­cially for rear-seat pas­sen­gers. The boot is huge and has a au­to­matic door with more stor­age con­cealed.

The car is the same width as the old model but there is more el­bow room, and the car is 19 mm lower which im­proves ride and han­dling.

While the range costs from £22,495, the test model is the mid-range GT Line, which is sporty. At £25,980 it is not cheap but it does of­fer a lot of car for the money.

It is not as sporty as the GT, but the GT Line still im­pres­sive.

Stan­dard kit in­cludes power steer­ing, sta­bil­ity con­trol, cen­tral lock­ing, al­loy wheels, au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol, radar and cam­era park­ing aids, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and pow­ered door mir­rors which il­lu­mi­nate a Peu­geot sym­bol when the door is opened at night.

The 3008 has won a num­ber of awards in­clud­ing Auto

Ex­press’s mid-sized SUV of the year beat­ing SEAT Ateca and Mazda CX-5 among oth­ers. T he 3008 has sold more than 10,000 mod­els since Jan­uary and has been praised for its de­sign and up­mar­ket feel plus its range of ef­fi­cient en­gines.

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