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Should I buy one?

It seems remarkable given the number of introductions made to this segment that there is still no genuinely likable, polished all-rounder to seize the initiative (allowing for the fact that the oft-mentioned Nissan Juke is vastly overrated).

The Peugeot 2008, even in its range-topping format, is another effort that ultimately falls wide of the mark - not because it's particularly objectionable, but because it fails in any meaningful sense to be properly memorable or praiseworthy.

However, as (for now) it seems that this area of the market is immune to the industry's wider contraction and is apparently unlikely to have its growth holed beneath the waterline, the lack of a standout class-leader is likely to be to Peugeot's advantage.

With the Vauxhall Mokka, Mini Countryman, Chevrolet Trax and even the Skoda Yeti are all guilty of their own inadequacies, there's no lofty benchmark for the 2008 to fall glaringly foul of.

That it doesn't really look any better, or drive with any more charisma than the hatchback that lies underneath it, almost seems par for the course. Peugeot has suggested that the price walk up from an equivalent 208 should be around £800 (the lineup is expected to start at £12,995), a premium reasonable enough to suggest that it will find buyers easily enough on the forecourt.

We wouldn't necessarily dissuade anyone from such a decision, but - once again - you need to be an acute admirer of its limited extra load capacity, slightly higher vantage point, implied optional flexibility and overall fashion statement to adequately grasp the point.

Peugeot 2008 Allure 1.6 e-HDI 115

Price £18,000 (est.); 0-62mph 10.4sec; Top speed 117mph; Economy 70.6mpg; CO2 105g/km; Kerb weight 1180kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1560cc, turbodiesel; Power 113bhp at 3600rpm; Torque 199lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox Six-speed manual

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