Awards

Mid-size SUV of the Year 2017: Peugeot 3008

The mid-size Sports utility vehicle category is among the most hotly contested classes around, using the standard improving each year – as well as for 2017 it’s the Peugeot 3008 that can take the crown as our favourite.

Core to that’s the brand’s 1.2-litre PureTech three-cylinder gas turbo. Given all of the bad press surrounding diesel power lately, a convincing gas alternative will probably prove crucial later on – and here the 3008 offers among the best engines around, with CO2 emissions of 117g/km along with a claimed 55.4mpg. It’s a willing artist, too, with a decent spread of torque within the mid-range which means you needn’t rev the system way too hard. This can help refinement the 3008’s most powerful trait.

Modern design is yet another strength, and within the 3008 everything has taken a level bigger advance. It has a hi-tech digital evolution from the brand’s i-Cockpit cabin, along with a cosseting feel and plush materials, and definitely scores on quality.

Even entry-level models come well outfitted, with all of cars having a digital dash, eight-inch touchscreen and security features for example autonomous braking. Greater-spec versions are full of the type of tech you’d anticipate finding on more costly premium SUVs, too.

Space and functionality are all around, most famously because of the 591-litre boot, while there’s impressive rear legroom. That’s because of the 3008’s scalable EMP2 platform, that has also delivered big enhancements with regards to ride and handling. Lengthy-travel dampers along with a plush set-up mean the vehicle offers lots of comfort and refinement on the go, yet still it feels agile and composed through bends.

Together, the 3008’s hi-tech approach, impressive refinement and sophistication-leading comfort equal to probably the most complete Peugeots we’ve seen recently. It’s a really worthy champion within this tough class.

Our choice

Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech Allure (24,295)

As the diesels are refined, the 3008 reaches its best when fitted with Peugeot’s excellent 1.2-litre three-cylinder gas turbo. It’s punchy, economical in a cruise and hushed, while Allure trim adds desirable package for example sitting-nav and additional safety gear to provide increased reassurance for any family Sports utility vehicle.

Commended

Mazda CX-5

This second-generation CX-5 refines the idea with much more style, refinement and quality. Alongside this, the Mazda’s impressive ride and handling turn it into a fun and focused Sports utility vehicle without having to sacrifice comfort. The diesels are wonderful performers and provide strong efficiency, too.

SEAT Ateca

The 3008’s toughest challenge originates from the Ateca, that also offers a mix of functionality and efficiency inside a more driver-focused package. Behind the smart exterior is really a slightly staid cabin, the SEAT is excellent they are driving. Although some versions are firm, the handling is nimble and also the engines strong.

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