The new 3008 is 80mm longer than the previous one, of which 62mm has gone into the car’s wheelbase. Its roof height has actually decreased slightly, to 1624mm including the roof bars. The reason that the latter dimensional change may be so hard to believe is because there’s so much more square-cornered SUV design DNA about the new version than there ever was in its predecessor.

The radiator grille is larger and more upright than before, the bonnet flatter, the A-pillars and windscreen less raked and the waistline higher. What results is quite plainly a compact SUV – but a stylish and classy-looking one as most testers had it, with a floating roof and chrome touches used to good effect.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Underneath the car is the PSA Group’s Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2), which also formed the basis of the 308 hatchback and served under the Citroën C4 Picasso.

Engines mount transversely under the bonnet, with a choice of 1.2 and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol units. The 1.6-litre diesel available at launch has since been replaced with a 1.5-litre unit, while the larger 2.0 model remains. Power outputs start at 98bhp and topping out at 178bhp.

Our test car was a 1.6 BlueHDi, making 118bhp and 221lb ft, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and rated at 104g/km of CO2, with claimed combined fuel economy of 70.6mpg. Competitive figures, all.

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The 3008’s suspension is independent at the front (with MacPherson struts) but via a torsion beam at the rear, and it remains to be seen if the upcoming plug-in hybrid 3008 will change that the way the outgoing 3008 Hybrid4 once did.

Drive is via the front wheels only, but offered as an option across the range is Advanced Grip Control, which tailors the electronic traction and stability control software for optimal progress on snow, mud, sand or asphalt.

It’s controlled via a rotary knob on the centre console and also adds Hill Assist Descent Control and mud and snow tyres to the 3008’s specification. Our test car didn’t have it. But it did have the 220mm of ground clearance that is common to all new 3008s – quite generous for a small SUV of this type.

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