For the third year in a row, the PEUGEOT 5008 SUV 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure has won the ‘Large SUV’ award at the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year Awards, one of the most important and prestigious awards ceremonies in the UK automotive industry.
What Car?’s team of judges picked the 5008 SUV ahead of key rivals, including the Mazda CX-5 and Audi Q5. The 5008 SUV 1.2 PureTech 130 Allure was praised for its practicality – capable of seating up to seven – and an interior that features the latest connectivity and safety technologies. Judges were also left impressed by the low running costs from the award-winning 1.2 PureTech petrol engine.
The 2020 category win marks the third year the 5008 SUV has won the award, confirming its place at the top of the class, despite a host of new rivals arriving each year, reinforcing JD Power’s decision to award PEUGEOT the ‘Most Reliable Brand’ title in 2019.
The 5008 SUV features a class-leading interior, with seven individual seats. The third row can be folded down, as well as fully removed, the second row seats are all adjustable and benefit from ISOFIX fittings, while the front passenger seat also folds flat to accommodate long items.
PEUGEOT’s i-Cockpit® technology helps drivers stay safe on the road with its compact, multi-function steering wheel, 12.3-inch head-up display and 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with Mirrorscreen®. Also included is Autonomous Emergency Braking and Active Blind Spot Detection (available as standard from Allure trim level upwards).
Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car?, said: “One of the main priorities for Large SUV buyers is space and practicality, and no rival can hold a candle to the PEUGEOT 5008 SUV in this regard. With seven seats, a sliding middle row and a big, well thought-out boot, it offers more than some SUVs costing nearly twice as much, all the while delivering comfort and interior quality to take on the lot.”
The all-new PEUGEOT 208 1.2 PureTech 100 Allure also won the ‘Best Small Car for more than £18,000’ award at the What Car? Car of the Year awards, with judges praising “its jaw-dropping style, with a better ride than rivals and a raft of safety technology, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition.”
David Peel, Managing Director of PEUGEOT UK, said: “It’s fantastic to start the New Year by collecting awards from one of the most prestigious and influential motoring titles in the UK. The What Car? Car of the Year Awards are a great indicator of which models will perform well in the coming year. Our 5008 SUV continues to be a favourite among both motorists and industry experts, winning yet another ‘Large SUV’ of the year award, while the all-new 208 has won a price category award – suggesting another strong year ahead for PEUGEOT.”
The all-new PEUGEOT 208 is the first vehicle to fulfil PEUGEOT’s new vision of “unboring the future” by giving drivers the option to “choose your PEUGEOT, choose your powertrain.” It is available with a range of fuel efficient petrol and diesel engines, as well as a fully electric variant, the all-new e-208. By 2023, PEUGEOT has promised to offer electrified variants across its entire model line-up.