- Attractive SUV looks
- Feels well-built
- Not much boot space with all 7-seats in use
- Certain engines not quick
- No all-wheel drive could be an issue for some
What's the Peugeot 5008 like?
The SUV market is brimming with worthy 7-seat competitors vying for custom, but few can match the value for money and interior style of the Peugeot 5008.
Its strong shape and rakish grille are taken from the 3008 that came earlier, but it has a more spacious interior with very good flexible seating and a massive boot.
As usual with so many 7-seaters, the third pair of seats are best left to children. The first 5008 had a rather forgettable balloon shape, despite being an eminently practical and comfortable family holdall.
But this later model, which seems to be selling like hot cakes judging by the numbers you see on the road, replaced it in 2017 and still looks strong and fresh today.
A 1.2-litre engine in such a large family car would have been impossible not so long ago – it simply wouldn't have had enough power for the weight. But with the advent of turbochargers under almost every bonnet and the electronics to control the whole engine, it's now becoming quite normal.
The smallest petrol engine is the 1.2-litre Puretech 3-cylinder turbo, a peppy and sweet sounding little unit that’s a joy to use. Despite 130bhp, it’s still not particularly quick with such size to haul around, taking around 11 seconds to go from 0 to 60mph. It can return around 51mpg economy though.
The other two petrols are both 1.6-litre turbos with Peugeot’s excellent EAT8 8-speed automatic gearbox coming as standard. They have either 165bhp or 180bhp and can go from 0 to 60mph in around 8 seconds. and can return circa 49mpg.
There are three decent diesel units too. The smallest is a 1.5-litre BlueHDi which has 130bhp and can return 65mpg whilst the 0 to 60mph ‘sprint’ is leisurely taking over 13.1 seconds. Then comes an older 1.6-litre with 120bhp, which surprisingly is quicker and more economical than the 1.5-litre.
Finally, there's a 2.0-litre HDi which offer 180bhp and again, comes as standard with the EAT8 auto gearbox, going from 0 to 60mph in around 9 seconds whilst returning 56mpg.
Like the majority of the large SUVs out there, this is a car that will spend almost all its life on the tarmac so there's no need for a four-wheel drive option.
Therefore look elsewhere if you are likely to need mud plugging or heavy grass field towing ability.
Practicality and Equipment
Inside, there's plenty of space for five in the first two rows of seats, with good elbow and knee room, and good headroom even in the third row.
And the dash features Peugeot’s excellent i-Cockpit, giving the driver about a dozen different configurations for the completely digital instruments. Unusually - and like other recent Peugeots – the steering wheel is quite small and the instruments appear above it. This takes a little getting used to but works well once you do.
Other technology includes another 8-inch touchscreen in the centre console for other functions, including infotainment and automatically connected smartphone.But Peugeot have learned their lesson, and controls that we all use regularly and which used to be on the touchscreen – like air con and sat nav – now have their own dedicated switches.
All in all, there’s a wow feeling about the interior of the 5008 that others do not match.
Safety scores highly, with standard autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and a driver inattention warning system.
Base Active models come well equipped, with an alarm, alloy wheels, parking sensors, electric mirrors and windows, headlight washers, cruise control, audio remote and traction control.
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