ONCE upon a time Peugeot's take on an SUV was a rebadged Mitsubishi - remember the 4007 that bore more than a passing resemblance to the Outlander?
Perhaps that was down to an expectation that the rise of the SUV was a flash in the pan and any big investment in developing them might prove a risky move.
Prior to that of course Peugeot would never have even considered developing an SUV.
But times change and SUVs and crossovers now form a key part of the Peugeot model line-up.
There's the 2008, the 3008 and the 5008 - with maybe even more to come.
The 3008 is the mid-range model and I would imagine the biggest seller.
It might have been a late entrant to the SUV/crossover segment but Peugeot is certainly making up for lost time.
It also hit the ground running with the 3008, delivering a car that was a genuine rival to the Nissan Qashqai.
Since it was launched it has won a grand total of 64 awards.
When it broke cover in 2017 it landed the coveted European Car of the Year award and most recently it topped the Driver Power rankings to take home the Best Mid-Sized SUV award for the second year in a row.
Looks-wise the 3008 certainly stands out from the crowd with bold looks that entice rather than alienate.
It boasts muscular and modern styling, characterised by a rising waistline and a thoughtfully sculpted rear end.
I often look at the plethora of SUVs around these days and can't imagine them ever becoming modern classics but with the 3008 it definitely has something about it. As far as modern classic status goes, only time will tell.
As with most modern Peugeots there's quite an array of trim levels and options to choose from and a high end GT Line Premium version comes with lots of exterior extras to give it an upmarket feel.
On this car they included a black roof, twin exhaust effect trim, black door mirrors, a chequered radiator grille with black Peugeot lettering, chrome edging in abundance, 19-inch alloys and a panoramic sunroof.
The interior of the 3008 is a swish place to be and again with the GT Line Premium version you get a lot to help make it look and feel extra special.
All versions of the 3008 feature Peugeot's now familiar iCockpit.
I found it took a little getting used to at first but now it feels like an established Peugeot thing and a distinctive feature of the brand.
One thing which stands out is the small steering wheel.
It actually makes a lot of sense and once you become acclimatised to it enhances the driving experience.
It means you also get a clear and unobstructed view of the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel.
There's also an eight-inch colour touchscreen which is well designed and easy to operate.
As onboard tech comes to predominate I have to say I wasn't overly keen on a Peugeot move to control all the car's functions from a central touchscreen.
Here the touchscreen works in tandem with a set of piano key switches just below the screen, which effectively serve as shortcuts.
A roomy and welcoming cabin is another 3008 strength and rear seat passengers are particularly well catered for.
Handy storage areas abound too, including a huge chilled central cubby box.
Talking of tech this model also had a powered tailgate.
I recall thinking that was something of a novelty on a car I was testing a few years back, now it is the norm and you kind of miss it if it doesn't come as standard.
The roomy boot offers 591 litres of space, which increases to 1,670 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Engine-wise there's a decent array to choose from with the 3008.
The 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit packs quite a punch and delivers economy that's not far off the 1.5-litre diesel.
This 1.6-litre petrol unit is super smooth and refined and delivers the sort of performance that starts to verge on warm-ish hatch territory.
Economy isn't bad either, with a combined figure of 50.4mpg.
There's a Sport mode too, which ups performance levels. Engaging it changed the engine note just a little too harshly for my liking but the performance boost was marked.