The annual award was decided by a judging panel comprising 58 automotive journalists from across Europe. The Peugeot 3008 scored 319 points, winning by 23 points over the Alfa Romeo Giulia (296 points).
In third place was the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which was recently awarded UK Car of the Year, on 197 points, followed by the Volvo S90 and V90 (172 points), Citroën C3 (166 points), Toyota C-HR (165 points) and Nissan Micra (135 points).
It is the fifth victory for Peugeot in the European Car of the Year awards, its most recent coming in 2014 for the current Peugeot 308 hatchback. Last year’s winner was the Vauxhall/Opel Astra. The 3008 was also highly commended by Thatcham Research earlier this year for its safety features.
Unlike most Car of the Year awards these days, there are no category or class winners – just one single award. The winner is traditionally announced in Geneva just ahead of the opening of the annual Geneva motor show.
The Peugeot 3008 went on sale in January and The Car Expert tested the car last November – our report is here.