Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Peugeot 508 RXH performance is fairly admirable. It's powered by two motors: one is a 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine and the other is an electric motor producing around 37bhp. The diesel engine powers the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rear wheels and this is the same system as that in the 3008 Hybrid4.

This car is aimed at those who want a fuel-efficient vehicle so it is never going to set your heart racing. It can get from zero to 62mph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 132mph, and although it's no supercar it is 1.4 seconds quicker than a 138bhp 2.0-litre VW Passat Alltrack.

Unfortunately there are negatives. The most infuriating is the semi-automatic EGC gearbox. It is incredibly jerky even when you are manually flicking the paddles to change gear. It ruins your enjoyment of the 508 RXH and quickly becomes tiresome.

The only way to rectify this is to switch your driving style to anticipate gear changes. Easier said than done and more times than not you will still find your body lurching back and forth as the EGC system finds another gear.

There are four driving modes but moving off from junctions in anything other than the Sport mode is not advised. The four driving modes can be selected on the centre console via a round dial and, as well as Sport, there's auto, 4WD and ZEV (electric mode only). The battery needs to be charged to at least 50% for this mode to work but when the battery level becomes insufficient for use on this mode the car will kick back to automatic mode.

The 4WD mode improves traction on slippery surfaces with the diesel engine driving the front wheels and the electric motor driving the rear wheels. The Sport mode allows faster gear changes and better throttle response and in this setting the RXH can complete the benchmark sprint in 8.8 seconds. That’s 0.7s quicker than when the car is in auto.

If your life is commuting up and down Britain’s motorways then the EGC ‘box should not be too difficult to live with but if you are driving in and out of cities on a regular basis then it may become a frustrating element of this car.

The Peugeot 508 RXH is a tad disappointing when compared to the standard 508 estate. When cornering it wallows about, unlike the 508 SW which feels agile, nimble and lively.

The raised ride-height takes away from what is quite a well-balanced chassis and rivals including the VW Passat Alltrack and the Audi Allroad are better to drive than the Peugeot 508 RXH.

The steering rack is quick but unfortunately there is little feedback coming from the front wheels so you never feel at one with the car. The 508 RXH is blessed with good front-end grip but the steering is so numb you can't feel what those front wheels are doing.