I stuck my head around the door of a Peugeot dealer this month to see how things are. Despite all the hoo-ha around diesel, he told me the dealership was still recording around half and half in the diesel-petrol split, the argument for high-miler customers holding strong as a no-brainer for the black stuff.
Iím also not going to need to touch the AdBlue filler cap, he reassured me, until 12,000 miles are under our carís belt (I figured this verbal query was probably quicker than my skills with the manual), but how did I get on with the model as a long termer? Put it this way, I said: I could start tomorrow selling this model for him. Yes, the 5008ís a bit of a sledgehammer to crack the nut of nipping around the corner for a loaf of bread, but hell, eating bread and driving short distances are probably notifiable crimes these days anyhow. Beyond that, I canít think of a model with so much to give, at such a price. For quality and quantity, yes, I could sell íem all day long.
Only one snag to that. They havenít got any. As yet, this dealer (Iíll spare his blushes) has been unable to secure an order line for the flagship eight-speed 5008. And he tells me Iíll not get much joy elsewhere. In fact, weíre talking a three-month wait for anyone walking in with a cheque ready to sign for any 3008 and 5008, the path from factory to family driveway being held up by sheer demand.
So weíre now steering with the navigation set for some place called Winter, a time when fortress 5008 really looks likely to pay off as your choice of wheels. First up, itís nicely planted amid the buffeting gales of whatever storm is queueing up to visit next. I did eye up the delight of a white alternative to this model back at that showroom, but this carís moody presence on the autumn road is emphasised all the more in black, reinforcing my impression that itís a breakthrough model in any competition to design an SUV at a sane price that is unquestionably sexy.
For catching some much-needed remnants of vitamin D, I canít under-recommend the sunroof. It doesnít open very wide, but it does maximise any chance to connect with any last bit of weather out there worth connecting to. Like a seaside hotel booking that looks onto a brick wall though, I must admit I have reduced the inherent appeal of this feature by failing to remove the dirty great roof box that straddles it. You still get a blast, but skywatching is off the menu.
All the same, in the last remaining years when weíre supposed to be keeping our eyes on the road, thatís got to be good news. I enjoy driving this car more than any SUV Iíve yet known, all of which makes me slightly nervous for any impending retirement back to Peugeot HQ, some time around the date of Brexit. So hereís an idea, Peugeot and CoÖ if I volunteer for that Saturday job with the dealer, do I get a free one?
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Date arrived 9th March 2018
Fuel economy 57.6mpg (combined) 38.5mpg (on test)
Heated seats. Too early to use them? Hell no!
Vroom with no view: I must remember to remove that flipping roof box.