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It has been only a few weeks when Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Peugeot here in Malaysia launched the all-new 2017 Peugeot 3008 SUV. Designed with the latest contemporary design and state of the art driving technology, the latest Peugeot 3008 is said to offer one of the best driving experiences amongst all the SUV options available in the country.

Those who are interested in the Peugeot 3008 should also take note that it has been awarded with Europe’s 2017 Car of the Year. That particular label is not just given to any new car that rolls off the factory floors, ladies and gentlemen. Members of the media got the opportunity to test out the latest SUV offering from Peugeot first hand as they have organised a very special road trip to Taiping, Perak shortly after the launch.

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Looking at the design before we roll off towards North, we can’t help but stare in awe at how exceptional the new 3008 looks. With modern and sleek lines closely resembling the Range Rover Evoque, there’s something about the 3008 that pulls our souls closer and closer to the car.

That feeling was confirmed as our field of vision slowly moved to the rear. The all-round Advanced Full LED Technology headlights are complimented with the stunning sequential Scrolling Indicator located in the new opalescent taillights with 3D ‘claw marks’ design.

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As we placed ourselves into the cabin, we were welcomed with nothing but premium look and feel. Featuring the latest Peugeot i-Cockpit, the 3008 has been garnished with the adjustable 12.3-inch Digital Head-up Cluster Display which has been positioned slightly above the compact steering wheel integrated with all the necessary controls plus paddle shifters.

The attention given to designing the entire dash blew us away as we took our time to absorb everything and for this particular motoring journalist, the piano key toggle switches which houses most of the 3008’s cabin controls was the cherry on top.

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It was a new experience watching the tachometer dial moving counter clockwise as you rev the engine but after a few miles on the road, we got used to it quite quickly. We also experienced a sleek yet minimalistic interior adventure especially with its chic gear stick shifter and also the five-mode drive selection which allows for superior and advanced grip control similar to four-wheel-drive vehicles.

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Despite the sleek interior, there were a few issues concerning the finish like some panel gaps and loose parts but the overall package was quite respectable. On the upside, the cabin also offers superb levels of comfort and noise suppression from the wind and tyres even at high speeds. The second row air-conditioning vents however are placed quite low in the middle so if there’s a full-sized adult sitting in the middle, he or she will get a pair of cold knees whereas the ones sitting by the doors won’t be able to enjoy that cool and crisp air provided by the car’s advanced climate control system.

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As we move on to the 3008’s main firepower which comes in the form of a 1.6-litre THP (Turbo High Pressure) petrol-powered engine, this baby churns out around 165hp and 240Nm of torque. All that power is transferred down to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual selection plus ‘Sport’ mode which Peugeot claims can take the premium SUV up to 211km/h.

Although we couldn’t test that out on public roads, we were confident that it can indeed hit that speed with no issues. We also have to note that the ride was quite comfortable with a slight firmness (when Sport mode is engaged) in which we think is there to provide some extra confidence while driving especially at highway speeds.

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The overall acceleration and top speed sensations were impressive as we tested the 3008 on highways and trunk roads. Engaging the ‘Sport’ mode firms up overall feel and also helped with maintaining a slightly higher rpm for some extra mechanical grip when going through corners. Not bad, indeed.

The brakes are super responsive at the slightest touch which shows the level of precision Peugeot went through in developing the 3008. It took some time to get used to how sensitive the brakes were but we know Peugeot has emphasised greatly regarding safety as well as how to car should respond.

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Being able to sit five full-sized adults comfortably, the 3008 also comes with some USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Carplay and Android Auto for connecting smart phones, auto electric parking brake, automatic dual zone air-conditioning, 6-speaker audio system with 3D Arkamys sound staging system, premium luxury leather seats, driver seat lumbar and height adjustment and flexible 8-way electric driver seat with memory settings. Now that’s luxury.

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Our favourite feature has to be the centre console storage space with cooling capabilities. You can basically store your drinks and chocolates without having to worry about them melting everywhere while on the road. The 3008 also offers a respectable 590 litres worth of boot space. Fold the rear seats flat and presto chango, you’re awarded with a whopping 1,670 litres of storage.

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There are two variants available for the new 2017 Peugeot 3008; the Active and Allure options. The Active variant is priced at RM142,888 while the top-of-the-range Allure is available at RM155,888 (OTR prices without insurance). Each new 3008 comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited mileage. Nasim Sdn Bhd has taken the Peugeot after-sales services to the next level by providing owners with Peugeot Assistance service and complimentary access to the lounge at Sky Park Subang before their flight.

Some of you might feel that you’ll be paying quite a huge sum for a car of this calibre but trust us when we say this; you’ll get more than you’ll pay for if you opt for the new 3008. No wonder it’s Europe’s 2017 Car of the Year.

[Sep Irran]

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