Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Peugeot Offers Prestige MPV

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Peugeot Offers Prestige MPV

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Byline: BILL MCCARTHY

SOMETIMES, the short verdict on a car comes from unexpected places.

"You're driving that Peugeot parked outside?", said a pal.

"Yes", I replied. "I like them, they look really good with the styling, and the interior's got the feel of a real top-end car."

End of story? No, but nicely summed up in a couple of sentences how the French firm now challenges the big hitters.

Those of us writing about Peugeot for the last few years know about the real exec quality in the higher end models. It seems the message is getting home to the general public too. Based on the stunning, 3008, but obviously longer to accommodate seven, the MPV has morphed into SUV/crossover territory, and is almost as good-looking as the smaller sibling.

If there is a criticism it is that the back end lacks the streamlining of the smaller model, but if you want to seat seven, compromises have to be made. But it still looks good and is more than capable of doing the job it was designed for. Trim levels include two mainstream versions Active, and the Allure model here, plus GT Line, GT and the latest GT Line Premium, Like its siblings the big people mover offers high-end technology in the shape of the latest virtual cockpit - a digital screen set-up which can be customised to whatever the driver wants.

You could be forgiven for thinking it's a 3008 from a distance, with familiar cat's eye headlight clusters, cat's claw rear lights, long swooping bonnet with large grille, integrated roof bars and alloy wheels. For this mid-range model, the interior is impressive, with an eight-inch highresolution central touchscreen, which controls major functions such as sat nav, app connectivity with the mirror screen function, and navigation system and infotainment. In addition, there is the compact, multi-function steering wheel, with manual paddles and digital dials which can be customised to the driver's desire. …

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