What is it?
This is the lowest-emitting version Peugeot’s new compact seven-seat MPV, the 5008. It is powered by the entry-level 110bhp, 192lb ft 1.6-litre HDi engine. Combined fuel economy is rated at 55.4mpg, the best in the 5008’s range, and CO2 emissions are 135g/km, also the best in range.
Of most interest in this model is the Electronic Gearbox Controlled Manual (EGC), an electronically operated manual gearbox which is controlled by either the steering column-mounted paddles, or a conventional shifter on the centre console.
We were impressed with the 5008 with this engine when mated to a six-speed manual ‘box so how does it fare with EGC?
What’s it like?
EGC certainly takes some getting used to. Both manual and automatic modes feature, with a sport option available in both modes. It is at its smoothest in regular manual mode and operated using the paddle shifters.
To achieve the slickest gearchanges, you need to lift off the throttle as you would in a normal manual. When operated like this, EGC is quick and smooth, and ensures quick progress. If you don’t lift off, the car feels hesitant and tends to gently lurch forward, especially under more rapid acceleration.