The 3008 has picked up numerous awards for its innovative styling - inside and out - and its performance. It has now become the first crossover (that is a crossover between a car and an SUV) to become European Car of the Year. The car was launched in Ireland last week with a starting price of €25,995 and is available in three different trim levels.

As we noted in our preview of the 3008, the list of standard equipment - including safety technology features - is impressive.  There's an 8 inch touchscreen. Bluetooth, USB connectivity, an electronic stability programme, six airbags, cruise control with limiter, intelligent speed adaption and lane departure warning. There is also driver fatigue alert. Add to all that a full spare wheel, a chiller compartment, all electric windows, a two-position boot floor, child safety locks, three Isofix child seat fixtures and semi-automatic air conditioning and you have a very good package indeed.

Move up the grades and you get extras such as advanced emergency braking, cameras and automatic headlights.

3008 interior

The 3008 has an innovative iCockpit and a smaller than usual steering wheel.

One of the really innovative features of the 3008 is the way the front of the interior has been designed. The steering wheel is much smaller than is normal for a car like this and the head-up display features full digital display.  The infotainment touchscreen is clever, although one does wonder to what degree one is bound to be distracted by so many features requiring touch screen operation.