Thank you to our existing personal leasing customer, from Eastbourne, for sending pictures of their latest replacement – the Peugeot 3008 DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 BlueHDi GT Line 5dr Manual. Having previously driven two Citroen Grand C4 Picasso’s over the last four years, the customer wanted a positive change.
Like many customers, the SUV has very much become the desirable car/product and many customers are moving away from the traditional MPVs which have often between your quintessential family car; think Seat Alhambra, Ford S-Max, VW Touran etc
So why is the SUV the most popular car? 10 years ago, the bulky 4WD were just not a popular option; it was very much our American counterparts who seemed to align with this type of vehicle. In the UK we would traditionally run hatchback, saloons and estates with some drivers opting for a luxury 4×4. However, the “budget” manufacturers have since come to the forefront with some fantastic options (both in terms of value and specification).
Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Peugeot and Ford have all placed significant investment into having a multitude of crossover and SUV options which try to fit all drivers. Laced with high levels of specification (leather, navigation, parking sensors, folding mirrors), a higher driver position, ample boot and passenger space plus a stylish exterior, these cars are just ticking the boxes.
With winter on the way, the option to have a 4 wheel drive ensures you do have a practical car for the poorer weather conditions.
That being said, not all the SUV and crossover options are a 4WD; you can now obtain 2WD options which provide you with all the practicality of the car but without the heavier fuel consumption and higher CO2 which a genuine 4WD produces. You also have to consider that in tougher times, many families can no longer afford to purchase/lease multiples of cars and they now need a vehicle which satisfied all needs and requirements – the SUV/crossover just happens to be that answer.
In terms of the car shown here, the Peugeot 3008 DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 BlueHDi GT Line 5dr Manual, this is based on the following specification:
· Ultimate Red Special Paint
· Imila cloth/Leather – Grey
· 18″ Detroit matt haria two tone diamond cut alloy wheels
· Brumeo fabric interior trim
· Peugeot Open & Go System
The “GT” is one of the top specifications which you can have in the 3008 range. As standard you get cloth/leather upholstery, visio park assist, driver seat lumbar support, space saver spare wheel, 18” alloy wheels, dark tinted windows, hill start assist, floor mats, smartphone cradle, lane departure warning assist, lane keep assist, rear parking aid, 3D connected navigation, Peugeot i-cockpit, black door mirrors, black diamond roof, body coloured exterior electric folding mirrors with courtesy light, immobiliser, anti-theft alarm, LED interior lights, ambient lighting, LED daytime lights, climate control, twin exhaust and smart beam assist. In terms of additional factory options on the Peugeot SUV, there is very little else worth adding – consider the upgraded 360 degree colour camera system (instead of the 180 as standard), the panoramic sunroof and heated front seats.
On the technical-side, company car and business users can note the £29,825.00 P11d value and CO2 at 114g/km. The 1997CC 6 speed manual engine delivers 150ps, combined MPG of 64.2 and 0-62 times of 9.6 seconds. Do consider a funder-maintained vs a driver-maintained vehicle contract before making your decision.
Without doubt, the Peugeot 3008 is a fantastic leasing option but the SUV is the most competitive class in the automotive market. Would the Peugeot be your choice? Or would you be heading to one of the MPV competitors?
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