Peugeot’s promise of renewed flair and competitiveness from its cars can only have been made during the latter stages of the 5008’s development, but it’s heartening to find that this medium-sized MPV displays some of the talents, capacities and charms that the French manufacturer’s offerings have for so long been lacking.

This is a moderately attractive, well judged, comfortable and very practical family car about which there is little to dislike, and in which there are even distant flickers of driver satisfaction to unearth.

The 5008 is a huge leap forward over the previous 807

It’s pleasing to note that the 5008 drives well, not least thanks to its fluent steering, taut ride, tidy handling and competitive range-topping petrol and diesel engines. While some cars of this size and type do little to hide their mass and proportions, this Peugeot doesn’t wallow or role but turns and stops with the balance and composure of a smaller car.

And for those whose primary concern is the 5008’s flexible interior, it’s reassuring that it is as well thought-out and executed as most cars in the class.

There are larger and more accommodating MPVs on the market in outright terms, but few are as intelligently laid out as the 5008. And material quality may not be the Peugeot’s strongest suit, but the 5008’s cabin is nonetheless fairly robust and entirely pleasant.

While the 5008 fails to quite hit the top of the class overall, it can at least be had at a price that a Ford S-Max cannot, and there we’d make it our vehicle of choice. 

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