The Peugeot 3008 is a practical, comfortable and affable crossover that's easy to drive.
Power comes from Peugeot's tried-and-tested 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It produces 114bhp and 200lb ft, which is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
Despite a relatively sluggish-sounding 0-62mph time of 13.6sec, the 3008 feels suitably lively and its power is delivered in a smooth, consistent fashion.
The only bugbear with the powertrain is a somewhat obtrusive gearshift; the force required to select the next gear is quite high, and the throw quite long.
Many may find the Peugeot's ride slightly stiffer than they expect, and it can be a little harsh on rough surfaces. It never transpires to be uncomfortable however, and the positive tradeoff is reduced body roll in corners.
The 3008's steering is precise and quick to act which, coupled with good all-round visibility, makes the car easy to manoeuvre. There's plenty of grip too, with the Peugeot having a reassured and composed feel even in inclement conditions.
Only a slight amount of kickback through the steering, and a larger-than-expected deadzone around the dead-ahead position, serve to count against the 3008 in the handling stakes.
Braking performance is good, with a well-judged pedal feel and a rapid, stable response. The overall impression is of an easily controlled and safe car - something reinforced by a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.
Inside you'll find a spacious cabin, with room for five adults and myriad cubby holes and storage points. The interior itself is presentable and smart, with some interesting touches like a bank of retro-looking toggle switches.
There's plenty of leg- and headroom all round which, coupled with comfortable seats and a generally airy feel, should ensure that long trips aren't too tiring - and many drivers will no doubt appreciate the substantial foot rest by the clutch pedal. Only some intrusive road noise blights the Peugeot's otherwise refined interior.
It's not all good news, however. The build quality is generally solid but the example we tested exhibited a few minor creaks and rattles. There was also some poorly fitting trim on the centre console; neither fault was befitting of a £20k-plus crossover.
Minor oversights like clearly obvious stereo removal tool slots, which leave unblanked holes in the head unit's fascia, may also prove mildly annoying.
A 512-litre boot should prove adequate; drop the rear seats and storage space increases to 1604 litres - that's more than offered in a Ford Focus estate, in both instances, for example. Practicality is further bolstered by the presence of a through-loading hatch, a three-position boot floor and myriad tie-down points.
During testing the 3008 returned an indicated 45.5mpg without effort, suggesting you could easily cover 600 miles between refills.
One area the 3008 excels in is with regards to equipment. The 'Allure' model we tested features parking sensors, a reversing camera, sat-nav, tyre pressure sensors, a colour heads-up display, dual-zone climate control and cruise control.
Other neat touches include an interior-brightening panoramic glass roof, a self-dipping electrochromatic rear view mirror and automatic wipers and lights, all of which serve to improve the general feel and ease of use.