Exploration of the key strengths that contributed toward this compact, sports-utility class, vehicle's title success.
Manufacturer continues its long run of winning awards
The All-New PEUGEOT 3008 SUV has been crowned Car Of The Year 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show by a panel of 58 judges, from 22 countries. It is the car's 21st title and the fifth time the manufacture has won Car Of The Year. PEUGEOT'S previous champions include the: 504 (1969), 405 (1988), 307 (2002) and the 308 (2014).
The 3008 SUV earned plaudits for its exterior styling, interior design and performance, the manufacturer explained. Jean-Philippe Imparato, PEUGEOT Chief Executive Officer, added: “I am particularly proud and very pleased” the car has claimed the title.
Engines, transmissions, drive and price
The PEUGEOT 3008 SUV's purpose is to be a practical and cost effective workhorse. It is available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines teamed with 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission (with manual mode). Choose front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. Prices range from £21,795 - £32,295 (on the road).
The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit is among its core features. It incorporates a compact steering wheel that has a flat top/base. Its purpose is to “heighten the sense of agility in the bends”, the manufacturer explained. It is positioned low in the cabin to reduce arm fatigue.
The 12.3” head-up digital instrument panel sits above the steering wheel – high in other words – to reduce the distance motorists' eye move from the road to see key information such as speed. It complements the 8” touchscreen that is positioned toward the centre of the dashboard, toggle-look switches and a high driving position.
The All-New Peugeot 3008 SUV scores highly on practicality. Cargo capacity, for example, is 591-litres which is considerable. Further, the rear bench incorporates a central ski-flap that opens to enable long items to extend from the boot into the cabin. Also:
- a lever in the boot folds the rear bench flat to increase capacity to 1,670-litres;
- the front passenger seat also lies flat to stow items up to 3 metres long;
- motorists that have their arms full open the boot electrically by making a kicking motion under the bumper.
Advanced Grip Control maximises traction when the surface is slippery. It works by varying how much torque is sent to each front wheel, and how much slip is permitted. Some slip is helpful, after all. Driver selectable modes include: mud, sand, snow and standard.
New PEUGEOT 3008 SUV equipment includes: automatic emergency braking should motorists fail to respond to hazards, adaptive cruise control that automatically adjusts speed based on the traffic, satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charger and a camera each side to make parking easy. It has a panoramic roof too.