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MPV signals a new direction for Peugeot - and UK tests are positive
Jim Holder
25 December 2009

What is it?

This is the Peugeot 5008, which ushers in a new era of design for the company. Goodbye gaping-mouthed grille, hello toned-down conformity.

Of course, the real lookers are still to come, but the 5008 is the first step of easing into a new design era that might - eventually - get us excited about Peugeots again.

The 5008 is the straight-laced offspring of the quirkier-by-far Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, whose underpinnings it sits on, and whose clever touches such as its seven-seat arrangement and good use of cubby space it borrows.

With the tried-and-tested underpinnings of the Citroen, and a bespoke Peugeot tune to give it driver appeal, this might be the first desirable Peugeot in some time.

What’s it like?

There’s no doubt the Citroen has more charm, but the Peugeot has an aura of quality both inside and out.

The look may be solid and unspectacular, but it sits well on a family oriented vehicle such as an MPV. Inside, it’s a similar story. The dash is as conventional as you could imagine, but it makes up with quality materials what it lacks in show-off styling.

Only the jet fighter-style heads-up display that pops out from ahead of the steering wheel offers anything out of the ordinary, but even that’s soon cast to the back of your mind as a useful but overly theatrical device that borders on being a gimmick.

The best bits of the Citroen cabin remain: the clever seven-seat arrangement, the three middle seats that slide and recline, all those cubby holes and the long, flat load area that opens out when you fold away the five rearmost seats with surprising ease. It’s still true, however, that those rearmost seats are best for short journeys or small kids, and that a driver with a baby child seat behind them will be squeezed.

There are areas where the Citroen retains the upper hand, though. A panoramic roof on our model helped give the cabin an airy feeling, but its no match for the Picasso’s up-and-over windscreen and slimmer front pillars. The dash layout is also a touch fiddly; put the 5008 in first, third or fifth and some of the dash buttons are hard to get a finger to.


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On UK roads the 5008’s differing character to the Citroen is just as obvious. Tweaked by Peugeot’s engineers, the 5008 offers more reward to the driver and, while it’s no S-Max, it is entertaining to push along in. The steering is well weighted and body roll is kept well in check for a car of these dimensions.

This does come at the cost of ride comfort, but the slightly firm and occasionally jiggly ride aren’t bad enough to be deal breakers for most people – especially as the cabin is so well insulated from all but the tiniest amount of wind and road noise. The Citroen’s softer set-up may suit some people more, but keen drivers will always opt for the Peugeot.

The 107bhp 1.6-litre diesel is just as compelling. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, it provides adequate pull under all conditions, even when the car is chock full with a family and their belongings for a Christmas break. Decent progress is possible without the engine without ever getting overly noisy or needing to be thrashed.

What’s more, fully laden over several hundred miles we averaged just over 42mpg – someway short of the official 53.2mpg, but not bad given the driving conditions.

Should I buy one?

It’s not a must-have car for the sector, but you certainly wouldn’t look in bewilderment at someone who bought one.

In fact, once you’ve taken the keen price and likely discounts into account, you might even think they’d made a canny choice.

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8 January 2010

Finally a good looking Peugeot! The interior looks like an Audi which is no bad thing I guess

8 January 2010

...considering all they have had to do is restyle a Citroen C4 Picasso, its visually underwhelming to say the least.

8 January 2010

[quote jonfortwo]...considering all they have had to do is restyle a Citroen C4 Picasso, its visually underwhelming to say the least.[/quote] I agree - the new nose looks very "generic". Even the cheese grater 3008 is more distinctive...

8 January 2010

Peugeot must be improving, anyone notice the way it's lifting the inside rear wheel in the first picture?

8 January 2010

[quote March1][quote jonfortwo]...considering all they have had to do is restyle a Citroen C4 Picasso, its visually underwhelming to say the least.[/quote] I agree - the new nose looks very "generic". Even the cheese grater 3008 is more distinctive...[/quote] Yet another ugly Pug! Cannot help feeling that Peugeot really need to take a deep breath and go back to the excellent 405/405 estate for their design and handling genetics and start from there. I had 2 1.9i 405 GTX Estates and although build quality was questionable, they drove fantastically, handled brilliantly and looked great. C'mon Peugeot, be brave!

8 January 2010

Looks like quite alot of car for the money. For an mpv it looks quite classy inside and out although considering its size, it would probably need a bigger engine

8 January 2010

If this "ushers in a new era of design for the company", how come the yet to be released RCZ features a "gaping mouthed grille".

Have they introduced them in the wrong order by mistake?

8 January 2010

The interior's nice. External design incredibly uninspired. I just don't understand how anyone would spend this much on a car whilst feeling no emotional attachment to it whatsoever, to use a cliche. Still, at least it's not butt ugly. I can't believe this company are still in business given their efforts of the last few years. And then you get Renault going in the opposite direction. Their cars looked nice until a year or two ago, but just look at the facelifted Clio!

9 January 2010

But surely the wise chioce at this price is still the Ford S-Max?

10 January 2010

The car may be fantastic, the new sports coupes they are showing of are probably going to be as well, its just a pity its dealers are so awful, I have yet to find a good one. Wife drives a 207 GT, god little car, fun to drive quick for its size etc etc, but let down by the standard of the dealerships, by far the worst I have ever used.


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