Peugeot 3008 MPV

£20,045 - £24,295

Defining the Peugeot 3008 is tricky. While crossovers like the Nissan Qashqai are a combination of two car types – family hatchback and SUV – the 3008 mixes three – an SUV, a compact MPV and a family hatchback. Often, cars like this can feel confused, managing to be jacks-of-all-trades but masters of none. The 3008, however, does a decent job of combining all their virtues.

It counts cars like the Qashqai, Volkswagen Golf SV and Citroen C4 Picasso among its rivals and is just as spacious and flexible as any of them. It’ll seat five people in comfort, hold all their luggage and provide plenty of storage space for their odds and ends, too. All the seats fold flat to reveal a massive boot and the split-folding tailgate is particularly useful, too. 

The 3008 is also well built inside. All the materials feel up to the same standard as many of its rivals, although the Golf SV feels little bit more upmarket than the Peugeot. Standard kit varies – there are only two trim levels and the entry-level Active version is rather sparsely equipped, so we’d recommend the Allure.

This version gets 18-inch alloys – which have a slightly detrimental effect on ride quality – a reversing camera, a colour head-up display, sat nav, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, tinted rear windows and sun blinds for the second row of seats. 

In terms of engines, there's one petrol – a 1.2-litre turbo – and a couple of diesels – a 1.6 and a 2.0-litre. There's also a diesel-electric hybrid, which comes with four-wheel drive. The 1.6-litre diesel is our top choice, however, as it offers the best balance between purchase price, running costs and performance. It manages 118bhp, will return 68.9mpg economy and has CO2 emissions of just 108g/km. This means a tax bill of £20 a year and a 19% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax rating. 

Peugeot – and the 3008 especially – doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability. It only managed to come 129th out of 200 cars in this category in our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey.

The 3008 should be a very safe car, though. Euro NCAP awarded it the full five stars in crash-testing back in 2009 and there's a decent amount of standard safety equipment, too. All 3008s get six airbags, two ISOFIX child-seat mounts in the back, stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes. All models also get a tyre-pressure monitoring system.