French fare with flair

Peugeot's 5008 1.2 (left) has many amenities, including wireless phone charging, electric parking brakes and infotainment touchscreen with plenty of connectivity (above), like the 3008 (right). And it carries two more passengers (below) than the 3008
Peugeot's 5008 1.2 (above) has many amenities, including wireless phone charging, electric parking brakes and infotainment touchscreen with plenty of connectivity, like the 3008. And it carries two more passengers than the 3008.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Peugeot's 5008 1.2 (left) has many amenities, including wireless phone charging, electric parking brakes and infotainment touchscreen with plenty of connectivity (above), like the 3008 (right). And it carries two more passengers (below) than the 3008
Peugeot's 5008 1.2 has many amenities, including wireless phone charging, electric parking brakes and infotainment touchscreen with plenty of connectivity (above), like the 3008. And it carries two more passengers than the 3008.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Peugeot's 5008 1.2 (left) has many amenities, including wireless phone charging, electric parking brakes and infotainment touchscreen with plenty of connectivity (above), like the 3008 (right). And it carries two more passengers (below) than the 3008
Peugeot's 5008 1.2 has many amenities, including wireless phone charging, electric parking brakes and infotainment touchscreen with plenty of connectivity, like the 3008. And it carries two more passengers (above) than the 3008.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Peugeot's 5008 1.2 (left) has many amenities, including wireless phone charging, electric parking brakes and infotainment touchscreen with plenty of connectivity (above), like the 3008 (right). And it carries two more passengers (below) than the 3008
Peugeot's 5008 1.2 has many amenities, including wireless phone charging, electric parking brakes and infotainment touchscreen with plenty of connectivity, like the 3008 (above). And it carries two more passengers than the 3008.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Peugeot's 1.2-litre versions of the 3008 and 5008 deliver decent driveability despite their smaller engines

Would folks who say that good things come in small packages choose a single scoop of Haagen-Dazs ice cream when they can have two? Would they pick a 21-inch TV over a 48-inch one? And would they refuse an upgrade to a suite at the Four Seasons?

Clearly, no one in their right mind would. Because when compared with the upsized option, the diminutive choice just does not make sense.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'French fare with flair'. Print Edition | Subscribe