These quirks of the i-Cockpit are familiar by now, yet even the advantage of a slightly more vaunted driving position hasn’t improved our regard for the philosophy.
Aside from the functional issues the arrangement looks ungainly – especially as part of an otherwise sophisticated, well-organised cabin.
Control layout aside, however, the interior does engender a pleasing sense of well-being that extends well enough to the rear, where, thankfully, the 3008 doesn’t suffer from quite as much of a shortage of space as the 308.
Peugeot claims 24mm and 36mm improvements in rear leg and head room respectively over the old model; that’s enough to afford most passengers a respectable amount of space – as long as you avoid the panoramic roof, which utterly sabotages the car’s usability for anyone of above average height.
That said, plenty of rival compact SUVs offer much better rear accommodation, and if Peugeot really wanted to convince us that its crossover hatch had graduated with flying colours to the SUV class above, it might have done a better job.
Likewise, the 3008’s boot isn’t quite as capacious as that of a Volkswagen Tiguan, for example, but with 520 litres (1580 litres seats down) of easily accessible space, it is big enough to escape criticism.
The 3008 adopts the latest version of Peugeot’s Connect infotainment system. Its 8.0in touchscreen is standard even on the base model, although it lacks the sat-nav available on more expensive trims.
However, thanks to its Mirror Screen function (compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink), Active buyers can reproduce their smartphone’s display and access any number of web-based alternatives.
In some ways this is preferable, because Peugeot’s home-brewed sat-nav, while dramatically improved, is still slow on the uptake and not as satisfying to behold as others, even with its new 3D mapping.
Elsewhere, the Connect system offers decent usability. A DAB tuner and Bluetooth connectivity are on board, alongside — in the GT Line model — a plethora of high-end features clustered around the Amplify system, including multi-point massage seats and a fragrance dispenser.
Slightly more conventionally, there’s the likeable option of a 10-speaker hi-fi from Focal, a French specialist, for £590.