On tour with a high

tech Peugeot

Peugeot 3008, 2017, Allure, front, action
Peugeot 3008, 17 plate, front, action
Peugeot 3008, 17 plate, rear, action
Peugeot 3008, 17 plate, front
Peugeot 3008, 17 plate, rear
Peugeot 3008, 2017, Allure, front, static
Peugeot 3008, 2017, Allure, rear, action
Peugeot 3008, 2017, Allure interior

MOTORING With Grandparents would have made a cracking title for one of those grainy fly on the windscreen documentaries about the way we were in cars, on coaches and aboard the steam train.

Mr and Mrs Upton are orf to the English Lake District having packed essentials onto the rear seat, including the trusty primus, and loaded young Stephen into the boot.

Preston by-pass here we come and a splendid day's motoring in prospect although wait a minute, Mrs Upton is getting in the wrong sideâ¦

How times and cars have changed.

To anyone born after 1965 this is an alien world of starting handles, flip-out orange trafficators and ventilation which worked on the window principle.

If heat was evident in the cabin the chances are your car was on fire.

Seat belts? Yes they kept your trousers from falling down.

Think on, however, the next time you push the start on your agreeable up-market model - mother had an original mini which had a starter button between the seats, although it also had two lengths of washing line for door handles.

Back then a megabyte would have been an American sandwich and as global warming was yet to be invented, fingertip recognition pointless because of the effects of frost on the digits.

Can you honestly imagine explaining to someone in 1959 the iPad?

It would be an amazing experience to be able to sit my grandparents in the front of a Peugeot 3008 both because this would make my grandfather the oldest person on the planet and as I doubt either of them would understand a damned thing about what was going on.

The 3008 is car of the year for several good reasons; it is comfortable, well priced, economical and a technical marvel of the age.

The GT BlueHDi 180 auto is also a fine example of leathered-up luxury for £33,000 which given the high spec is not at all bad.

Peugeot leans heavily on the technical innovations of the 3008 but underpinning all that is a story of performance and fuel economy from the two-litre diesel engine, 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, for instance and a combined consumption figure of 58.9mpg.

It also offers a lot of comfort and practicality including a boot as good as any SUV in the class and conveniences like a chiller compartment in the front arm rest, electric tailgate which opens on a foot sensor, fold flat seating with a false boot floor and a sport select button.

And about this advanced technology of which you speak, earthling?

Well, the whole thing is controlled on a 12-inch head up instrument panel in chat is called the i-Cockpit and behind it all is a raft of safety features like blind spot and speed limit recognition with smart headlamps monitored by camera.

A camera also monitors any signs of driver drowsiness and after two hours behind the wheel a message recommends you take a break.

There is even a system which gently adjusts the driving line if the car starts to wander off the straight and adaptive cruise control.

That's the tip of the iceberg and on the comfort front there is voice recognition activation for navigation, radio and telephone and a smartphone charging plate.

The electrically adjusted driver's seat is a great place to sit and much has been made of the rocker switches which are both aesthetically pleasing and bring functionality to the fascia.

The GT gets a panoramic opening glass roof and 19-inch alloys helping to make a great looking gar even better.

Every other modern luxury expectation is fitted to the GT with automatic lights band wipers, smartphone mirror screen.

How does it drive?

Smoothly with plenty of adhesion for fun times - you can get the car with Peugeot's not four wheel drive Grip Control for added security but given the safety and technology only a total wing-ding would get everyday progress wrong, even at speed.

Well that's all from the Uptons and young Stephen as they pull into a lay-by on the A6 for a well-deserved cup of Rosie Lee and a Spam sandwich. Cheerio.

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