Peugeot 3008 MPV

£20,045 - £24,295

While the Peugeot 3008 looks like a people carrier, raised suspension and the option to fit four-wheel drive mean it could just as easily be an SUV. Thankfully, Peugeot has made our life easier by designating the car as a crossover – a model that blends the looks of an SUV with the driving characteristics of a normal car. That puts it into direct competition with the excellent new Nissan Qashqai and also head-to-head with models such as the Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti. To keep it competitive with these rivals, the Peugeot was given a light facelift in 2014, which included a few tweaks to the exterior and the use of higher-quality plastics inside.

A practical interior lies at the heart of the Peugeot 3008, but stick a couple of six-foot adults in the back and they’ll soon feel cramped. If that's not a problem, then the Peugeot scores well with a boot that's bigger than a family hatchback's and more versatile, too. Storage space is also on the generous side, with plenty of nooks and crannies to hide away the clutter that goes hand in hand with family life.

Peugeot offers the 3008 with a choice of six engines – four diesels and two petrols – and there's also the option of a diesel-electric hybrid. It's expensive to buy, though, so we’d recommend the basic 1.6-litre diesel. While it's certainly not quick, it can return nearly 70mpg, something that's bound to be a higher priority for most families.

Peugeot offers the car in Access, Active, Allure and limited-edition Crossway trim levels, and all models come with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Peugeot's functional Multiflex interior, as well as front and rear electric windows. We’d be inclined to splash out on the Allure mode. It gets desirable features including front parking sensors and a rear-view camera (handy on a big car like this), a sat-nav system, climate control and a panoramic glass sunroof. Last but not least is the head-up display, which can project vital information (such as your current speed) onto the windscreen, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.