The 1.6-litre HDi 120 diesel 5008 (generating an imperial 118bhp) is the only version available. Even driving through a six-speed manual gearbox, the Peugeot's performance is moderate at best. Our test 5008 wanted a full 13sec to reach 60mph from a standstill, and although standing-start acceleration is never the strong point of small diesels in moderately large cars like this (we weighed it at 1645kg), in-gear flexibility is not the 1.6-litre engine’s forte in this application, either.
Accelerating from 50-70mph in top gear is a 12.1sec exercise, while shifting to fifth will save two seconds, so to make good progress it’s worth working the engine and gearbox, because in fourth gear the same increment can be dispatched in a touch over eight seconds.
Peugeot’s acceleration claims suggest that you’ll get better performance from the identically engined eHDi, but we wouldn’t recommend the robotised manual gearbox fitted to the car, which suffers from poor responsiveness and clunky changes. A well driven manual would be a much smoother, and equally economical drive.
Our test track was extremely cold and frosty in places, so the 5008’s ability to stop from 60mph in three seconds and from 70mph in less than 50m was an entirely respectable result. The brakes resist fade ably, too.