Four trim levels are available: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT.

We’d imagine most buyers will be satisfied with Allure, which includes parking sensors, a reversing camera, automatic lights and 18in alloy wheels.

Richard Lane

Road tester
Expect it to hold its value better than the X-Trail after four years/48k miles but not quite as well as the Kodiaq

It starts at £26,295, equipped with the 128bhp 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine, which is expected to be the biggest seller and is a surprisingly strong powerplant that noticeably heightens the 5008’s refinement levels over the diesel models.

The 2.0-litre BlueHDi engine tested here, meanwhile, becomes available only if you opt for GT Line and costs a not insubstantial £31,245.

That’s a touch more than Skoda charges for the seven-seat – and snappily styled – Kodiaq equipped with a similarly powerful TDI diesel engine and a dual-clutch gearbox, although the Peugeot has the upper hand for charisma, if not for ergonomics and driveability.

Although Peugeot’s design team has also opened up a gap between the 5008 and its other principal rival – Nissan’s X-Trail – in terms of desirability, it’s the Japanese car that’s the more predictable, easy-going steer, not to mention the fact that it can also be had with four-wheel drive.

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