I climbed behind the wheel of KM63 SHV after a stint in a pick-up – so, as you might imagine, it was something of a culture shock.

To start with, I felt a little hemmed in by the high centre console and comparatively compact dimensions of the cabin. However, it didn't take me long before I began to appreciate my new surroundings.

Everything really does seem to have been designed with comfort and safety in mind. The car boasts a super little gearbox and, as Jon said last month, a fab 1.6-litre diesel engine under the bonnet.

I'd just like to mention two minor niggles about what is in essence an excellent offering from Peugeot.

The first one is this: Why have none of the 'stalk-based' controls (Bluetooth, cruise control, etc) been designed into the actual steering wheel? I'm faced with a featureless expanse of black plastic when I look at it, which represents a lot of wasted space in my humble opinion.

And I'm sure it's just me but the infotainment screen seems to be rather a long way away. Any further forward and it would be on the other side of the windscreen!

Author: Dave Brown

Model: Peugeot 3008 Allure HDi 115
Price: £23,095 (as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 115bhp, 270Nm
Max speed: 112mph
0-60mph: 13.4s
Emissions: 127g/km
Mileage this month: 331

This month's highlight

Comfort and refinement better than the pick-up I had been driving