The new Peugeot 5008 marks a big change from its MPV predecessor. There are still seven seats inside, but instead of the no-nonsense practicality of a traditional people-carrier, the new 5008 has the tough and chunky looks of a 4×4.

Appearances can be deceptive, though, because all 5008 models are front-wheel drive to keep weight down and improve economy and emissions. We’re testing the 150PS (148bhp) BlueHDi diesel in high-spec GT Line trim.

Will owners of the old 5008 find the new car as practical as the old? And does an SUV without four-wheel drive really cut it at this price point? More importantly, how well does it tow a caravan?