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Peugeot’s new seven-seater looks like an SUV, functions like an MPV and is decent to drive

Our Verdict

Peugeot 5008

Handsome seven-seater offers a smart interior with certain key practicality benefits, but the Peugeot 5008 is a slightly mixed bag to drive

3 October 2017

What is it?

If you ever had the feeling that MPVs are a bit dull to look at, it's something that you apparently share with Peugeot, which has switched its new 5008 from MPV to large SUV largely because of customer preference for the latter class's muscular style.

The 5008 is classed as a large C-segment car, but you could be forgiven for thinking it’s more of a fit for the D-segment, seeing as it's 190mm longer than the five-seat, C-segment Peugeot 3008 and 110mm wider than the old 5008 MPV.

The 5008 is available in five trim levels: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. Engine choices are 128bhp and 163bhp petrol engines or 99, 118, 148 and 178bhp diesels. There’s a choice of six-speed manual or six and eight-speed torque converter automatic gearboxes across the range.

The 5008's seven-seat interior is versatile, with a third row of individual seats that fold flat into the floor and can also be removed entirely to increase luggage space from 720 litres to 1060 litres.

On all models, a high-tech, 12.3in i-Cockpit digital instrument display is visible above the steering wheel, along with an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen atop the centre of the dashboard.

What's it like?

When is an MPV not an MPV? Because of the versatility of its interior, the 5008 offers more than the ability to carry your extended family around. The second-row seats stand out from those of competitors in that they're individual and adjustable for leg room and recline. The two third-row seats are also individual and can be pulled up from the floor in a one-touch action.

Each seat weighs 11kg and they can be removed just as easily, lifting from the floor as a folded unit. We found the seats could unfold once out if not handled the correct way, but once you've got the hang of it, they’re easy to extract. There are two storage bins in the second-row floor, each neatly concealed under a trapdoor. The front seatbacks have fold-down tables and the front passenger seatback folds forward to form a picnic table.

Inside, there are satin chrome trim finishes and matt-textured surfaces throughout. GT Line trim gets you full simulated-quilted leather seats, Allure gets you part0simulated leather and the GT has full leather seats. Dashboard surfaces have a contemporary fabric-covered finish.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine is surprisingly strong and it’s easy enough to take advantage of overtaking opportunities on A and B-roads, despite the 5008’s size, and on the motorway it cruises without fuss, while low wind noise makes conversation easy.

The i-Cockpit set-up is slick and appealing to use with plenty of configurations available from a roller switch on the steering wheel.

To have a clear view of the screen, the steering wheel's diameter is small and its top and bottom flattened. This looks and feels a bit odd. The tablet-style 8.0in touchscreen is also mounted high, but physical switches for mode-switching make it easy to use.

The 5008's six-speed manual gearbox doesn’t have the most satisfying shift; selecting first at low speed can snag slightly and the linkage could be tighter. The six-speed torque converter automatic, meanwhile, is smooth and reasonably quick-shifting, and that reflects on the smoothness of the engine and progress in general. Gear selection is by the neat electronic impulse control system, which is precise and nice to use.

The steering is on the light side – a little more weighting would be welcome. However, the 5008 has good body control, so it can handle twisting rural roads well. The cars we tried were fitted with 18in wheels, and the secondary ride was a little harsh on poor surfaces.

Should I buy one?

The Allure 1.2L Puretech 130 S&S is expected to be the biggest seller at £26,295. The entry-level is the Active 1.2L Puretech 130 S&S at £24,495 and the top-of-the-range is the GT BlueHDi EAT8 180 S&S at £35,895.

Peugeot has cleverly recognised the fact that appearance means a lot to buyers, and it’s become clear how popular the SUV style is generally. In truth, the 5008 is still a ‘Multi Purpose Vehicle’, and a versatile, well optioned one at that. It just doesn’t look like one – and that’s what makes it clever.

Peugeot 5008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130 S&S

Location Gloucestershire; On sale Now; Price £28,195; Engine 3cyls, 1199cc, petrol; Power 128bhp at 5,500rpm; Torque 170lb ft at 1750-4300rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1310kg with driver; 0-62mph 10.9sec; Top speed mph; CO2/tax band 117g/km, 22%; Rivals Skoda Kodiaq, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento 

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Comments
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3 October 2017

...than a Renault.

 

Ghastly!

Steam cars are due a revival.

3 October 2017

But if it was a JLR product it would have 5 stars etc

i bet the perceived quality blah

vw less reliable.

thought I would get in there first. Do I get a prize for saying this?

Spanner

3 October 2017

Amazed that this has a 1.2litre 3 cylinder engine in a car designed for seven people. I'm not sure it'd have the grunt to get past HGVs on our motorways, so this is just a car to get the kids three or four miles to school everyday?

3 October 2017

Another utterly predictable review. Oooh let's not upset BMW X1 drivers, so 3.5 it will be.

3 October 2017
I find it just as desirable as a Kodiaq or Sorento.
The fact that awd is not available even as an option means that rear suspension is very space efficient, which benefits packaging.

3 October 2017

the design doe snot gel like the 3008 ,the sid eview looks at odds with the rear end ,the spoiler and rear glass looks as though it was not meant for the car.it should be called the Peugeot Prolapse.

4 October 2017

Sounds like a better car than the 3.5 star review. I think it is handsome (although I agree, not as good as the 3008), and it has a great interior. I think it deserves to do well for Peugeot

4 October 2017

So why only 3.5 stars? The sensible lack of 4x4 benefits internal packaging no end, making this a great family car, surely as good as a Kodiaq? Ahh, but it's not a VW group car, so therefore only 3.5 stars.

4 October 2017

Seriously impressive kerb weight - a bit over 1300KG!

Is that right; because that is well specced focus diesel/estate weight category?

D.

7 October 2017

WANT

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