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Good all round.

Byline: PETER KEENAN

electric folding door mirrors, electric windows, a tyre pressure sensor plus a family pack that gives additional storage. The smooth-changing, six-speed automatic gearbox on the car I tried is linked to a turbocharged 155bhp, 1.6-litre THP petrol engine that revs sweetly and produces a decent level of performance sprinting from 0-62mph in under 10 seconds.

It resides in a package that is aimed at the increasingly lucrative crossover market, pitched at buyers looking for something different who currently own either conventional saloon cars, people carriers, Sport Utility Vehicles or hatchbacks.

The 3008 is designed to be the car for everyday use, the family transport for weekends and holidays as well as being the adventurous vehicle for those with an active lifestyle.

It is certainly practical and comfortable although seven-seats or 4x4 capability are off the menu as five passengers and front-wheel drive are all that's available. But in fairness, it's all a normal family really requires, while the amount of four-wheel drive vehicles that actually make it off-road is miniscule.

The main bonus of this decision is that it helps keep production costs down and the 3008 is a reasonable price - even the Exclusive model - when compared to the competition.

Step into the cabin and the first thing you PEUGEOT does not make a habit of being stingy with the amount of equipment in its cars - so when you reach the top-of-the-range 3008 Exclusive model you expect a bit of a treat. And for a shade more than pounds 21,000 the French company achieves a real luxury feel thanks to the addition of a number of hi-tech systems.

Chief among these is a head-up display which makes you feel a bit like a jet fighter pilot as it shows the speed you are doing on the windscreen - avoiding the need to look down at the dial on the dash.

There's also an efficient dualzone climate control system that ensures the cabin is a pleasant place to be no matter where you are sitting, while a panoramic glass roof lets light flood in, giving the 3008 an airy atmosphere.

Other neat touches include Facts and figures PEUGEOT 3008 EXCLUSIVE THP 156 PRICE: pounds 21,295 MECHANICAL: 155bhp, 1,598cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 6-speed automatic ge a r b ox MAX SPEED: 125mph 0-62MPH: 9.3 seconds COMBINED MPG: 36.2 INSURANCE GROUP: 20 CO EMISSIONS: 182g/km BIk RATING: 23% WARRANTY: 2yrs/ unlimited miles notice is the amount of room there is available while the three-position boot floor makes it adaptable and practical.

The rear seats are simple to fold via a couple of levers and with a gentle tug, each section of the 60/40-split seat-back tumbles onto the cushions to create a flat load floor. The split tailgate also adds to the 3008's versatility. The interior is stylish, sporting a snazzy centre console offering a wide range of functions that are well set out so avoiding unnecessary confusion.

Peugeot has an impressive record on safety and the 3008 benefits from this as all models are fitted with six airbags and electronic stability control as standard. There's also grip control offered as an option which allows you to choose from five different settings to boost traction on slippery surfaces.

The 3008 is a good all-rounder that will entice many to cross over to its embrace.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2010
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