PEUGEOT’S all-new 5008 has landed in Australia with just the name carried over from last year: everything else is tout neuf as the famed French marque gets stuck into the ever-growing demand for SUVs.

While it started life as a multi-purpose vehicle, the 5008 hasmorphed to a stylish and practical seven-seat SUV.

It has the same ‘Efficient Modular Platform 2’as the 308 hatch and 3008 SUV, giving it nimble handling while adding a third seating row, maximising interior space and increasing flexibility.

Its  i-Cockpit interior has all functions and features around the driver with high-mounted instruments working in tandem with Peugeot’s signature small steering wheel.

The cockpit is further enhanced on GT-Line and GT models by the Amplify ambience function which allows interior scents (well, the French are famous for their perfumes), lighting, driver massage, drive mode and ambience settings to be customised.

Pricing starts from $42,990 for the Allure, $46,990 for GT Line and $52,990 for the topline GT.

Two drivetrains are available, Allure and GT Line powered by a 121kW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, and top-of-the-line GT variants by a 133kW/400Nm turbo-diesel.

The 5008 has loads of cargo, leg and shoulder room than some of its larger rivals and offers 780 litres of boot space and it comes with Isofix and top tether child seat fixing points to all second-row occupants, so you can fit three child seats with the latest restraint technology.

All occupants are protected with a full suite of safety equipment including standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, 360-degree surround cameras and curtain airbags that stretch to include third-row occupants.

The 5008 fits in between the medium and large SUV segments – medium measurements but with more space and flexibility than larger vehicles.