IT can be difficult to stand out from the crowd in the increasingly congested compact SUV segment but the Peugeot 3008 makes a pretty good job it.
Smaller SUVs are all the rage but they need to have a certain je ne sais quois in order to hit the spot.
When it was launched in 2017 the 3008 did just that - landing the coveted European Car of the Year award.
The 3008 certainly looks good - sassy, modern and stylish - with all the design attributes demanded in a small SUV but with plenty more besides.
Its muscular and modern styling, characterised by a rising waistline and a nicely sculpted rear end, combine to create a look that should see it age well.
It also scores highly on the inside with an overall feel that is contemporary and classy.
The 3008 features Peugeot's now familiar iCockpit.
The trademark small steering wheel might not be to all tastes but it's something that you will almost certainly grow to like.
It lends an almost go-kart feel to the driving experience and enhances visibility.
The 12.3-inch digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel keeps you informed and in touch and can be configured to your personal taste.
There's also an eight-inch colour touchscreen which is very intuitive and easy to get to grips with.
Unlike some Peugeots you don't have to control virtually every in-car function from the screen and it works in tandem with a set of piano key switches just below the screen, which effectively serve as shortcuts.
There's a thoroughly decent and super user-friendly sat-nav system and connecting your phone via Bluetooth is an absolute breeze. The hands-free phone system is also well designed and superbly easy and straightforward to use.
As far as practicality goes the 3008 has a roomy and airy cabin, with rear seat passengers well catered for.
There are plenty of handy storage areas, including a huge chilled central cubby box and it offers 591 litres of boot space, which increases to 1,670 litres with the rear seats folded down.
As with most Peugeot cars there's a decent array of engines to choose from.
This had the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
It's a great performer and packs the kind of punch that will take you by surprise.
And, though it can't quite match a larger and more expensive diesel for performance it gets pretty close in terms of economy, with a combined economy figure of 55.4mpg.
On paper its performance figures might appear sluggish (0-62mph in 10.8 seconds) but in a real world context it feels rather sprightly and super smooth to boot.
Handling is decent enough. While you're conscious of the added ride height and other than the expected degree of pitch and roll when pushed hard the 3008 feels distinctly car-like.
There's a Sport mode available which boosts both handling and performance.
This high spec GT Line Premium came very well equipped.
There are handsome and distinguishing exterior features like twin exhaust effect trim, black door mirrors and a black roof, a chequered radiator grille, an abundance of chrome edging, 19-inch alloys and a panoramic sunroof.
It even has that Range Rover-style feature which projects the familiar Peugeot lion logo on to the road when you park-up in the dark.
The 3008 also scores highly for safety with a maximum five star Euro NCAP rating.