The 5008 sits on the modular EMP2 platform of the PSA Group, which owns Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Vauxhall-Opel.

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.

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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.

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Indeed, you cannot buy a 5008 with four-wheel drive. To make up for the lack of a driven rear axle, Peugeot has introduced Advanced Grip Control as an option.

It offers a range of traction control settings – Normal, Snow, Sand, Mud and ESP Off – along with a hill descent control system and Continental’s on-or-off-road ContiCrossContact tyres. It’s a set-up that should suffice for any soft-roading demands made of the chassis, but no more.

Locomotion, meanwhile, comes courtesy of one of five engines – two petrols, with either 128bhp and 163bhp, and three diesels, ranging from 99bhp to 178bhp.

There’s a choice of either five-speed and (for high-powered models) six-speed manuals alongside a six-speed automatic, plus there’s an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission in the most powerful diesel model.

All comply with the latest EU6.1 standards, with CO2 emissions as low as 117g/km for petrol and 106g/km for diesel.

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