Impressive Peugeot 3008 SUV wins European crown

European Car of the Year The new Peugeot 3008 Allure.

European Car of the Year The new Peugeot 3008 Allure.

The eagerly awaited, multi-award-winning new Peugeot 3008, which goes on sale here this week, has just been named European Car of the Year in Geneva.

The judging panel, comprising 58 European journalists, acclaimed its style, interior design and performance on the eve of this week's Geneva Motor Show. This latest trophy brings its international haul of awards to 21.

The range starts from €25,995 plus delivery related charges for the entry level model, the Access 1.2 130bhp PureTech petrol version. The entry level diesel version is the Access1.6 BlueHDi, 100bhp S&S (103g/CO2 ) at €26,515, again plus delivery.

Featuring the latest-generation Peugeot iCockpit with digital instrumentation as standard across the range, the new Peugeot 3008 SUV is a sophisticated and stylish vehicle that combines efficiency and high-levels of refinement, safety and technological equipment.

With a choice of five trim levels, to include Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT versions, a wide range of both petrol and diesel engines is available. The 1.2-litre PureTech 130bhp turbo petrol engine, with CO2 emissions from 117g/km, was voted International Engine of the Year in its category for the second-year running earlier in 2016. This engine is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or with Peugeot’s latest generation EAT6 six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6 THP petrol 165bhp EAT6 six-speed automatic has emissions from 129g/CO2.

Five-star safety rating

Four BlueHDi diesel engines are available, trim dependent, with CO2 emissions from 103g/km, and power of 100, 120, 150 or 180bhp. The 2.0 litre BlueHDi 150bhp version is matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.6 BlueHDi 120bhp version is available with a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed EAT6 automatic gearbox. The range-topping GT version comes equipped as standard with a refined 2.0 litre BlueHDi diesel 180bhp six-speed automatic.

Standard features on level one Access models include the revolutionary Peugeot iCockpit interior, comprising a compact steering wheel, a configurable 12.3" head-up digital instrument panel, an 8” capacitive touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and 3 x 12V sockets. Boasting a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the new 3008 SUV range includes a host of safety equipment ordinarily only available on top-of-the-range models, from level one; electronic stability programme, six airbags, cruise control with speed limiter, speed limit information with intelligent speed adaptation, driver attention alert level one, and lane departure warning feature as standard from Access versions.

Other standard features on Access models include 17” steel wheels, a spare wheel, remote control central locking with dead-locking, one-touch electric front and rear windows with pinch protection, central front armrest with butterfly-wing opening and illuminated chiller compartment, front central console with two illuminated cup-holders, rear armrest with ski flap and two cup-holders, two-position boot floor, 1/3 – 2/3 folding rear seats with controls accessible from the boot, child safety locks, Isofix child seat fittings x3 in the front passenger and outer rear seats, tinted rear tailgate, electric and heated door mirrors with LED side indicators, rear LED Peugeot signature 'claw effect' lights (with daylight function ), semi-automatic air-conditioning with sensitive controls, and driver/passenger seat height adjustment.

The level two Active model, with an RRSP from €28,295, gains what Peugeot calls the Euro NCAP Pack (advanced emergency braking system with video camera, radar and front collision warning ), plus much more.

The third specification line is the Allure. Starting from €29,855 it has the addition of a safety plus pack to include active blindspot detection (ABSD ), active lane keeping assistance (LKA ), and advanced driver attention alert (DAA3 ), plus more. The GT Line level four model has an RRSP from €33,225, and the top-of-the-range GT 2.0 litre BlueHDi automatic version, starts from €44,395. All prices are plus delivery.

Des Cannon, managing director at Gowan Distributors Limited, Peugeot Importers in Ireland, says it has been a huge sales success in Europe already.

"With international awards under its belt, demand for the new Peugeot 3008 is outstripping supply in every country where it has already been launched. More than 100,000 units have now been ordered in just four months, breaking records for the company. Furthermore, the brand’s objective of moving upmarket is now clearly coming into fruition, with 86 per cent of sales to date attributed to level three Allure, level four GT Line, and the range-topping GT trims. Together with the new Peugeot 5008 SUV, arriving this summer, we now look forward to increasing our performance in the all-important C-SUV segment.”

The new Peugeot 3008 is the first SUV winner since the creation of the European trophy in 1964.

Results of the vote 2017:

1. Peugeot 3008: 319 points

2. Alfa Romeo Giulia: 296 points

3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class: 197 points

4. Volvo S90/ V90: 172 points

5. Citroen C3: 166 points

6. Toyota C-HR: 165 points

7. Nissan Micra: 135 points

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