Europe’s car of the year has arrived in New Zealand with the top five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (Ancap).
The Peugeot 3008 is the first SUV to win European motoring’s top prize in the award’s 53-year history.
New Zealand Automobile Association (AA) said with the 3008, Ancap testing had shown overall that the driver and passengers were well protected in the small SUV across the range of crash tests, though the driver’s chest was only marginally supported in the frontal offset crash test.
AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks says the 3008 is a good addition to the range of choices people in the market for an SUV have.
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“SUVs are a popular choice among New Zealand drivers, so it’s good to see most manufacturers consistently delivering safe vehicles for this market.
“With more competition we’re seeing safety standards improve and prices becoming increasingly competitive.”
The 3008 comes fitted with a range of safety features that help prevent crashes including Attention Assist and a fatigue reminder, which detect when the driver is fatigued and alerts them, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and intelligent speed limiting (ISA).
“Fatigued drivers are a problem on our roads, which is why it’s good to see technologies that keep drivers alert and safe become much more common in vehicles.”
The 5 star Ancap rating applies to all 1.6 and 2-litre diesel and 1.6 litre petrol variants of the small SUV.
The 3008’s New Zealand pricing starts at $39,990 for the Active which is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine. The Allure 1.6 is $44,990 or $46,990 with the 1.6-litre diesel or there is the range topping GT at $54,990 which is powered by a 2-litre diesel.
Ancap is supported by all Australian motoring clubs, the New Zealand Automobile Association, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.