Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Award Winner Is Still the Best; Peugeot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Award Winner Is Still the Best; Peugeot

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IT IS always a pleasure to road test an award-winning model, a privilege which becomes an even greater joy when a particular winner actually repeats its winning ways the following year. The car in question here is the Peugeot 3008, which was not only the 2010 What Car? Car of the Year but also judged the Best Crossover vehicle at last year's ceremony, a triumph which the 3008 repeated at the recent 2011 awards.

A quite compelling all-round package, the 3008 is Peugeot's attempt to swerve away from the standard hatchback set-up and it comes stacked with some very clever thinking, while its handsome, head turning, user-friendly styling features some wellworked detail.

Set on the same platform as the 308 hatch, this newcomer takes on board the practicality of the Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV), rugged looks of the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and the vehicle dynamics of a conventional hatchback model, all of which help to add up to a distinctive family affair which some 15,000 UK owners have already enjoyed.

As you would expect from a quality performer in the mass market, Peugeot has provided a wide range of petrol and diesel engine options and to grace the quite plush interior of a well-put-together cabin, there's a trio of generous trim levels on offer, Active, Sport and Exclusive.

Entry level Active models include the likes of a sound system with CD, front fogs, electric front windows and door mirrors and air con.

Sport trim adds 17-inch alloys, automatic electric parking brake with hill assist and rear parking sensors, while the rangetopping Exclusive model driven here adds the likes of a head-up display and distance alert feature, panoramic glass roof and dual zone climate control.

A thoughtfully set-out dashboard and impressive centre console also add to the interior comfort while there's a positive feel to the various controls and switchgear elements. Roomy storage spaces and other compartments set in the floor add to 3008's user friendliness.

Despite the lack of flexibility of seat movement found in some SUVs, the interior is comfortably roomy, a chunky five-seater which provides masses of interior space. …

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