Multiflex is the name given by Peugeot to the 3008’s interior configurability. The promise doesn’t extend to rear seats that can slide, recline or be removed, but the backrests fold flat automatically when you pull each one’s handle in the boot space. The cushion part of each seat moves forward and down slightly to make room for the folded backrest.

The fake boot floor can be adjusted through three positions, lifted up in a quick sequence of tilt-and-pull movements to two higher levels, creating a useful covered storage area beneath. The middle position coincides with the level of the folded backrests and also the drop-down lower tailgate, a rugged construction able to take 200kg. Regrettably, some of this cargo bay flexibility is lost in the case of the Hybrid4 flagship, where the car’s multilink rear suspension, its electric motor and its nickel metal hydride battery pack eat into the space you could otherwise make more practical use of.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The centre console cubby has a lid that is hinged on the right-hand side, so the driver has to reach over it to get any items inside

The rear cabin provides­­­­­­­­­­ ample room for legs and heads and the high vantage point gives a good view forward. Indeed, the 3008 is a roomy car all round, and it’s well served for storage by door bins, a box under the front central armrest and two underfloor bins in the back. The glovebox is laughably small, though, despite its large lid.

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There’s an air of slightly richer-than-the-mainstream quality to the 3008’s cabin finish. On higher spec levels, you’ll find padded surfaces on the door waist rails and fascia top, and plentiful chrome or aluminium-look detailing around instruments, vents, switches and handles. The centre console is high, cordoning off the driver in what Peugeot likens to an aircraft cockpit.

The driving position can be set SUV-high, or low enough to feel more conventionally car-like. The problem with doing so is that the high, rearward-rising waistline then makes close-quarter manoeuvres hard to judge, a snag that is only partly addressed by the rear parking sensors. The rear three-quarter view is particularly poor. Seat comfort and the scope of adjustments are fine, however.

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