Peugeot 3008 as effective as 4x4s
Could a two-wheel drive car match a 4x4 in icy conditions? According to Peugeot, the 3008 crossover can after it became the first two-wheel drive car to scale a 170 metre ice and snow covered slope.
The slope at the Snowdome in Tamworth is often used by 4x4 makers to showcase the grip of their cars, it has never been successfully attempted by a two-wheel drive car.
Now Peugeot says the 3008 two-wheel drive is a cheaper-to-run and more efficient option as the winter approaches.
The Peugeot 3008 in two-wheel drive features a new system called Grip Control which adapts the front-wheel drive car to cope with different surfaces such as snow, mud, dirt tracks and wet grass.
Peugeot says the system works with Electronic Stability Control to offer five different driving modes and special mud and snow tyres to offer an alternative to the traditional four-wheel drive.
James Smith, Operations Manager at Tamworth's Snowdome, who drove the 3008 up the slope, said: "I was totally astounded at its ability. The 3008 felt totally at home on the slope, more so in fact than some 4x4s that I've driven. It made relatively light work of the slope and that is no mean feat."
The Peugeot 3008 is also available in four-wheel drive and comes in four specification levels; Active, Sport, SR and Exclusive.
A selection of petrol and diesel engines are available in the 3008, including the new HYbrid4 system, which is the first ever diesel hybrid engine configuration to go on sale in the UK.
Prices for the Peugeot 3008, which was named What Car? Car of the Year in 2011, start from £17,195 in the UK.