If one of your new year’s resolutions is to get a more practical vehicle, look no further than the brand-new Peugeot 3008 SUV, arriving in showrooms in January 2017. The second generation of this popular Peugeot has substituted its MPV roots to become more of a purebred SUV.
Reinventing a much-loved car is often a challenge for manufacturers. It’s a battle to create something new while providing the familiar features that made drivers fall in love in the first place. The original 3008 was an award winner, taking home the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year in 2010.
The new generation has already become a huge hit with the critics, winning the CarBuyer Car of the Year 2017 before it even arrives on UK roads.
The new 3008 SUV is visually striking with sleek lines running the length of the car, creating a feline-like appearance. The impact is enhanced with chrome highlights, a stylish front grille and angular headlights. On the GT line, the look is further heightened with a Black Diamond roof and black rear panel.
Control is always at your fingertips with integrated controls on the compact steering wheel along with a responsive 8-inch touchscreen control panel. All models include a customisable 12.3-inch heads up display, which shows media, sat nav or trip information. Combine this with a leather trim steering wheel, massaging driver’s seat, contactless phone charging and Apple and Android connectivity, and it all adds up to a very comfortable ride.
Despite the increase in size and storage space, this car is actually lighter than its predecessor. That allows for greater efficiency, resulting in lower costs at the pump. Peugeot offer a range of 1.6-litre diesel engines with the most efficient offering 70.6 mpg combined, while 1.2-litre petrol engine has a combined 55.4 mpg.
There are four Peugeot 3008 SUV versions available – Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. As standard, these come with DAB radio, mobile device MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, lane departure warning system and an automatic emergency braking system.
Moving up the range, buyers can also get sat nav, front and rear parking sensors, parking camera, LED headlights and blind spot monitoring.
This is a hugely versatile vehicle, perfect for carrying passengers and large loads. The back comfortably carries three adults and with an impressive 591-litre boot, the 3008 SUV easily has more space than most of its closest rivals in the small SUV category. With one simple pull of a lever, the back seats can be folded down to increase the capacity to an incredible 1,580 litres. The boot floor is adjustable and can be lowered or raised to create a space beneath.
Opening the boot has never been easier even if you have your hands full. Simply wave your foot under the rear bumper and the smart tailgate will open automatically.
Available from £23,595.