What Car? Car of the Year awards 2010 - Crossover winner

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Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP 150 Sport
List price £18,399
Target price £17,504

There have been plenty of cars over the past few years that have tried to break new ground – many attempting to combine the best bits of various vehicles, mostly without much success.

The Peugeot 3008 is different. It blends elements of hatchback, MPV and SUV to create one of the most well-rounded family cars of the past few years. If any car crystallises the definition – and appeal – of a crossover, this is it.

The 3008 might not be that handsome, but it’s undeniably classy and distinctive. No one can fail to appreciate the cabin, though. The raised driving position gives a commanding view, while the dashboard is surprisingly sporty. The plush materials and build quality wouldn’t be out of place in an executive saloon, and give the 3008’s interior a classy feel.

Large rear door openings and a flat floor make it easy to get in and out. Once you’re in, you’ll all have loads of head- and legroom. At 512 litres, the boot is large, while a split tailgate helps when getting things in and out. The three-stage floor is more than just a gimmick: you can hide valuables beneath the moveable panel, and it gives a near-as-dammit flat load area when the rear seats are folded.

You need to drive the 3008 to appreciate the depths of its talent. The comfortable ride keeps everyone happy, while sharp handling and communicative steering mean you can enjoy the drive, too. The 1.6 THP 150 petrol engine is a gem. You might get a few extra miles per gallon from the fine HDi 110 diesel unit, but it can’t match the petrol’s silky refinement and smooth power flow.

At £18,399, the 3008 isn’t cheap, but it’s no more expensive than many conventional hatchback alternatives, and they have nowhere near the same practicality or feel-good factor.


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