Welcome to a new episode of Driven Web Series, powered by Petronas Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 with Pro-Drive. For many of you looking to buy your first practical family SUV, this is the episode you’ve all been waiting for. Here, we pit the ravishing Peugeot 3008 against the popular Mazda CX-5 to see if they have what it takes to give segment leader, the Honda CR-V, a run for its money.

As far as proper family SUVs go, it’s hard to dispute the CR-V’s ‘Man Maximum, Machine Minimum’ proposition. It’s spacious and practical in all the right ways, and for the first time ever, it comes with a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine that’s more powerful and efficient at the same time. Of course, we had to pick the range-topping 1.5TC Premium 2WD with Honda Sensing, because safety mustn’t be compromised. With a price tag of RM158k (without GST), it is the costliest model in this line-up.

The Mazda CX-5 is largely viewed as the young man’s alternative to the CR-V. Not only is it a sleek looker, it drives like a hatchback and, with this 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine, packs the biggest punch here. Being an oil burner, it’s also the most fuel efficient SUV on paper, and this 2WD model retails for RM156k. So, just how big of a fight can this second-generation model put up against the venerable CR-V?

Last but not least, the Peugeot 3008. Yes, we could’ve gone with the Volkswagen Tiguan, but if you’re in the market for a left-field option, the French offering is definitely the most standout candidate. With a peppy 1.6 litre THP engine and a six-speed automatic, it’s certainly no slouch. At RM147k, it’s the most affordable car of the lot, but is it all style and no substance? More importantly, does it have what it takes to be the best?

Everything you ever need to know about these three SUVs will be answered in this video. Don’t forget, with GST now being zero-rated and Raya just around the corner, there’s perhaps no better time to buy that new car. Speaking of timing, how did we do with this episode? ;)

As usual folks, sit back, relax and enjoy this video. Also, don’t forget to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below. Happy weekend!

GALLERY: Honda CR-V 1.5 TC Premium 2WD
GALLERY: Mazda CX-5 2.2D GLS 2WD
GALLERY: Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP Allure