Peugeot 3008: joins Parker's fleet

French all-rounder arrives

Peugeot's aim with the 3008 was simple - shake up the family car market and offer something not only desirable to own, but also a car to cater for all the family's needs. It's packed with features designed to make life on the road as pain free and enjoyable. That's no easy feat given how kids can squabble, and finding a handy place for a large drinks bottle and food to keep them watered and fed when you are on a long journey is right up there on the priority list.

The 3008 equipment list is already looking good. The boot comes with a spilt tailgate. Out shopping I found that opening the top half you can just slide the shopping in under the parcel shelf on to a second shelf lurking underneath. The handy hooks also mean shopping doesn't spill everywhere.

A bit of gardening also gave me chance to test the boot to its full potential. My garden bags full of cuttings are tall and there aren't many cars where I can slide them in easily. However, dropping the lower tail gate and removing both parcel shelves I could slide both rubbish bags in. A quick trip to the tip and the rubbish is disposed of within minutes - very easy and very handy.

Don't go thinking the 3008 is all about utility though. This is the top of the range Exclusive trim and it comes with some luxury features such as heated seats, head-up display (shows speed and distance alert), panoramic glass roof and rear parking sensors to name but a few. To round off the premium feel it also comes with optional leather interior, metallic paint and navigation system. At £20,595 it is not exactly cheap but the 3008 is already shaping up to prove itself as a great set of family wheels.

Current mileage: 6,420

Average mpg: 55.3 (claimed)