Accolades continue for the Peugeot 3008 as the European Car of the Year gains the gold medals in the ‘Car of the Year’ and ‘Mid-Size SUV’ categories of the Auto Express 16th Driver Power survey.

As per the survey, owners ranked the Peugeot 3008 SUV as the best performing Mid-Size SUV in five of the nine Driver Power judging categories: Exterior; Practicality & Boot Space; Ride & Handling; Safety Features and Reliability & Build Quality. In addition, the SUV was rated as the best vehicle in the ‘Exterior’ category and the ‘Safety Feature’ category, across all of the vehicle classes.

Since it launched in late 2016, the 3008 SUV has been a huge success for the Peugeot brand, with 350,000 sold worldwide. In Malaysia. sales has picked up for Nasim (Peugeot Malaysia) since the arrival of the SUV, last year.

Some of the key unique-ness of the 3008 is the latest technology paired with the irresistable i-Cockpit, which offers a more intuitive and engaging driving experience: a compact multi-function steering wheel, 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument display and 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen with Mirror Screen functionality.

Peugeot 3008 in Malaysia

The impression of the 3008 is something that should definitely captivate the hearts of many SUV enthusiasts. Check out the redesigned front fascia with a wide grille glazed with chrome plated trims. Then, there’s the chromed 3-D foglights which seem to emerge from the bumpers. Side view, you just can’t take your eyes off the 18-inch Los Angeles Shiny Haria Grey alloy wheels. From the rear, you’ll be hooked on the new signature 3D rear claw taillights.

Powered by the able 1.6 THP with VVT powerplant, the Peugeot 3008 pushes 167 ps at a maximum capacity of 6,000 revolutions per minute easy. The torque of 240 Nm simply makes the SUV even more effective when accelerating from idle or traffic. Oh, in case you didn’t know, the 3008 happens to be the most powerful SUVs in its segment, with its current torque rating. For further exhilaration, tap on the available Sport mode or utilize the pedal shifters on the steering to try and top the already up-the-ante top speed of 211 km/h. With fuel efficiency of 7.0 liters per 100 km, you don’t have to worry much about consumption whenever the adventurous side of you shows up.

As one of the safest SUVs around, the new 3008 has a 5-star Euro NCAP mark. For instance, the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) function swings into action to keep the car’s positioning on the road in check. Safety-wise, LDW is just the tip of the iceberg. The 3008 comes with six airbags, driver attention alert, hill assist descent control, anti-skid regulation, and dynamic stability control.