Peugeot 3008

CROSS-OVER MODELS aim to combine the best elements of estate car, MPV and SUV and it is a tough task to achieve. It you want to see how it looks at its best, then check out the Peugeot 3008.

Peugeot 3008 – beautifully designed cabin

This is a design masterclass in making a vehicle which delivers all its prime functions, still manages to look classy and stylish, and still drives exactly like a family car. Spacious, versatile and well-equipped, the 3008 outscores its main rivals by coming together perfectly as an all-round package.

Prices for the 3008 start at around £17,000 and the standard specification includes the usual essentials – air-con, power windows, remote locking, radio/CD/MP3 player – and the next-level Active adds alloys, cruise control, auto headlamps and wipers, rear parking aid and other features, making this the most popular version.

My test model was an upper range Allure, adding larger alloys, glass roof, climate control, tyre pressure sensor and more. This model has a price tag of £21,795. Powered by a 1.6-litre 112 hp diesel engine, this version offers a top speed of 112 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 13.6 seconds and combined fuel economy of 53.2 mpg. In a mixed week of town and motorway driving, I attained 40 mpg.

The 3008 has smart styling, with sleek body lines and a neat rounded rear – it looks great from all angles. Inside the cabin is beautifully designed with a premium look and some neat styling features. Use of quality trim materials exudes a sense of elegance and durability.

Stowage space is excellent with lots of cubbies, vast door pockets, big glovebox and a deep storage box incorporated into the centre console.

Interior space is exceptionally good – there’s still plenty of leg and knee room for rear passengers, plus ample head and shoulder room. And three adults can be accommodated in comfort on the rear seat.

The boot offers offers 512 litres of loadspace, boosted to a massive 1,600 with the rear seats folded. A neat touch is the drop-down Range Rover-style tailgate providing a viewing or picnic seat and another useful feature is a multi-level shelf which allows you to vary the height of the boot floor.

On the road this front-wheel drive  odel is impressive. The 1.6-litre engine offers modest power but still provides fluent driving. The six-speed gearshift is slick and precise, the suspension set-up well balanced, providing a supple ride and excellent handling. Despite its taller stance, it handles just like a family car. Driving aids include an automatic electric handbrake and a head-up display of current speed on a glass screen, removing the need to glance down at the speedometer.

FOR: Looks, outstanding versatility, superb driving feel, excellent specification.

AGAINST: Just one flaw – the cruise control and audio stalks are totally hidden beneath the steering wheel. They should be on the wheel itself where they can be seen.

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