The 3008 Hybrid 225 plays the comfortable, classically loping Peugeot family car quite effectively at relaxed everyday speeds. On 18in wheels its ride can be slightly abrupt over sharper edges, but it’s generally pretty compliant and well-isolated, and the suspension deals with bigger inputs at urban speeds without throwing the cabin around too much.

That’s more than can be said of the top-of-the-line Hybrid4 300, wider test experience of which suggests it sacrifices quite a lot on rolling comfort in pursuit of a very marginal improvement on handling dynamism.

The 3008’s steering wheel isn’t big enough, or round enough, for my liking. You can tell by the over-assisted feel it has that it needs more basic mechanical advantage, too, which explains the fairly gentle gearing of the rack. Sometimes ‘different’ is better - but not in this case.

The lesser hybrid handles well enough, though. It’s secure and stable at ordinary motorway- and gentler cross-country speeds, and it’s reasonably wieldy around town - although the idea that a smaller steering wheel contributes to the car’s agility is very questionable. Small though that rim may be, the 3008’s steering wheel feeds onto a rack that’s only medium-paced; it has three full turns between locks, where 2.5- to 2.8-turns is becoming more typical of modern passenger cars. That means you do just as much with your wrists here when you’re negotiating a typical roundabout or junction as you would in any rival; you just do more ‘steering’ around a slightly smaller orbit. Feel is slightly woolly and over-assisted, though it doesn’t make the car too hard to place.

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When you tackle a tighter turn, the Peugeot 3008 rolls quickly though not to pronounced angles. It grips moderately well on dry Tarmac, but it nudges into understeer without much provocation; and while the car’s stability control system is always pretty subtle and effective, it cannot be deactivated. 

A-road body control is reasonable up to just below the national speed limit, but the car begins to heave and loll quite a bit if hurried along on a tougher surface. The steering, meanwhile, loads up quite a lot under harder cornering loads, while the suspension can get a little crashy if you hit bumps or drains on the loaded side. 

These are all the dynamic hallmarks of a car that’s pretty softly sprung and only moderately damped, but that relies on lateral stiffness (its anti-roll bars) to rein it in and rotate it when cornering. The 3008 Hybrid 225 can therefore can begin to feel surprisingly heavy, and to run out of body control, when driven quickly; but it remains pretty comfortable and pleasant in day-to-day driving, which seems the right dynamic compromise for a car like this to strike.