Conceivably, Peugeot could have tackled this by simply making the car quicker, but it hasn’t. Instead, it has done the job properly and, we’re delighted to say, like we’d imagine the Peugeot of old would do it.
Thus, the R is swifter and more substantial, yet also largely uncorrupted by comfort-limiting irritability. Moreover, it proved to be entertaining and occasionally adjustable to the point of genuine trickiness. We’ll gingerly admit to liking that, too.
Less endearing is the price. By topping £30k, the R is pitched against some rivals it is not able to objectively overcome. Potentially that will cap its success, but it doesn’t limit its mechanical appeal.