Trim levels consist of Access A/C, Active, Allure and GT-Line - with the entry-level models fitted with roof rails, a rear spoiler, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard.

Upgrade to Active and the 2008 is adorned with 16in alloy wheels, front foglights, DAB radio and Peugeot's 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, while Allure gives you 17in alloys, dual-zone climate control, ambient LED interior lights, rear parking sensors, and automatic wipers and lights.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Editor-at-large
The blue tint to the edge of the dials in some models is a classy touch

The range-topping GT-Line adds aluminium scuff plates and pedals, a panoramic sunroof, sat nav and a reversing camera

Peugeot’s interiors have been feeling progressively classier of late, and the 2008 is no exception. In fact, for a car based on a Peugeot 208 supermini, it’s impressively finished, with materials that easily pass a visual and prod test.

The large touchscreen is neat, albeit not a paragon of ergonomic brilliance, ancillary buttons are pleasingly finished and the metal gearknob is of a pleasingly tactile design.

It’s an airy cabin, too. As one passenger said, “it’s all glass”, with low window lines that are good for visibility, although poorer from a perspective of both design and perceived security (a high shoulder psychologically cocoons occupants).

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Still, the 2008 has a refreshingly welcoming cabin. There are no ‘aimed at the driver’ cockpit touches here, save for a handbrake styled to look like an aircraft’s throttle.

What it isn’t, though, is especially voluminous. Front-seat occupants will find it spacious enough, but average-size adults sitting behind average-size adults will find their knees pretty close to the front seats. Still, the rear seatbacks fold nearly flat, and there are metal rails on the boot floor that make it easier to slide in heavy objects.

Generally, we found the driving position comfortable enough, although the floor mat of our test car obstructed the pedals annoyingly (although not dangerously) at times. But the small steering wheel/high-set dials combination is, as with the 208 supermini, a mildly inconvenient to downright stupid solution, depending on how tall you are and your preferred driving position.

We actually like the small steering wheel, but if it has to be accompanied by an unreadable speedometer, we’ll live with a large one. Relocating the main dials to the centre of the dash and placing a digital speedo on the steering column would strike us as the sensible solution.

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