It’s 190mm longer than the 3008 – although at a glance you’d be hard-pressed to tell the two apart on the road – and it uses that additional span to squeeze in a third row of seats.
There’s now space for seven occupants, ensuring the 5008 fulfils its remit as an MPV, no matter how well it disguises its true reason for being.
The rugged costume is certainly effective, the 5008’s dimensions yielding a bluff, athletic, hard-edged design softened only by numerous intricacies picked out either in chrome-effect trim orgloss black plastic.
Both ends of the car are imposingly sheered off, the front exhibiting numerous design elements but somehow managing to avoid looking overwrought.
This is an attractive car, to the extent that it may even turn the heads of those set on more glamorous options such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
However, the 5008’s rugged SUV exterior conjures a perception that isn’t borne out by the mechanicals.