The Peugeot 3008 was one the first crossover SUVs available in the UK, following hot on the heels of the market-changing Nissan Qashqai, charged with the task of pinching customers from the Qashqai. It worked, but the market has since been flooded with rivals, such as the Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti. However, the 3008 still stands up surprisingly well. Instead of building a car of compromises, the Peugeot produced one that blends the best qualities of a hatchback, an MPV and an SUV. It has the rugged appearance of a crossover, the practicality and flexibility of a people carrier, but also the enjoyable drive that you would normally get from a small supermini. The 3008 also marked something of a new direction for Peugeot, particularly in terms of the exterior style and interior quality -which is well made and surprisingly desirable. It's also really practical, with accessories like the Range Rover-style split tailgate proving to be very convenient. The interior is generally well laid-out and easy to use. We’d recommend steering clear of the larger diesel engine and expensive HYbrid4 model, however, with the 1.6-litre HDi diesel easily delivering the best mix of performance, fuel economy and driving enjoyment in the 3008 range.