What is it?
It's true that Peugeot's previous 3008 was something of a 'crossover', but it always leant more heavily towards being a five-seat MPV than an outright SUV. However, the tides have changed, with buyers now wanting the reassurance of more ground clearance, chunky styling and better all-weather capability, without compromising on space and practicality.
And so, the 3008 you see before you is quite firmly in the SUV camp this time around, which isn't surprising, given the sales success enjoyed by rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti, as well as the likely success of the Seat Ateca.
But while the 3008 now has the increased ground clearance, large arches and wheels that scream SUV, it is, in fact, lower to the ground than before by around 20mm. Still, it is some 80mm longer, allowing for a longer wheelbase and more rear leg room, while despite losing some height, this new 3008 has also been packaged to offer more head room. On average, it's 100kg lighter than before, too.
The majority of 3008 buyers will buy diesel, of which there are four choices: a 1.6 in 99bhp and 118bhp outputs, and a 2.0 with 148bhp or 178bhp. Here, though, we're driving a petrol version - not the entry-level 129bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder Puretech but the second petrol choice: a 163bhp 1.6 that gets Peugeot's six-speed EAT6 automatic gearbox as standard.