Peugeot is busy celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, unveiling a more animated version of its Lion emblem and a new tagline – Motion & Emotion
The last part is quite important and had the French maker not unveiled its RCZ sports coupé and new products like the 3008 and the 5008 tested here, many critics may have asked Peugeot to put its money where its mouth is. Thankfully, that isn’t necessary, as Peugeot has been turning out some cracking products of late.
The cabin in particular on the 5008 is vastly superior compared to anything before the recent 3008. It has a cockpit like feel and is awash with soft-touch plastics, offering a truly premium feel. Just a decade ago, this level of quality would have been unheard of from the French maker and just goes to show how seriously Peugeot is taking its reinvention. The seats are nicely supportive with plenty of adjustment and despite there being acres of room and seating for seven, it doesn’t feel like you are sat in a traditional MPV. It’s more car-like in its composition and should appeal to a younger generation that normally wouldn’t be seen dead in a people carrier. In the rearmost seats, there’s just enough room to carry a pair of adults, however, it is at its best carrying youngsters. Folding the seats down when not in use is a doddle, and can be carried out with one hand. All of the five individual rear seats fold totally flat, providing delivery van-like cargo space of up to 2,506 litres. Out on the road, the 5008 seems to shrink around you, offering a blend of good handling and plenty of grip.
The suspension is pliant and supple, particularly on the motorway where the Pug makes a good long-distance comfortable cruiser. Refinement is absolutely top notch with low levels of road and wind noise, coupled with muted punchy engines. Our test car came fitted with the brand new 2.0-litre HDi unit, which produces 150bhp, and provides agile performance with decent fuel economy and competitive CO2 emissions. Most buyers will be perfectly satisfied with the entry-level 110bhp 1.6-litre HDi engine, however, which is at its best with the sixspeed manual, rather than the relatively jerky EGC robotised manual ‘box. Later this year, an automatic version mated to the 2.0 HDi engine joins the range, producing 163bhp.
The new 5008 is available in a choice of three trim levels and is priced keenly when compared to its main rivals. All models come generously equipped, particularly in Sport and Exclusive trim levels, and thanks to the 5008 being based on the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso, all of its parts will have a proven track record and should prove reliable. Safety has been in built into this MPV, with a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating and standard fitment of curtain airbags across all three rows. The 5008’s innovative head-up display, standard on top-flight Exclusive models is an innovative and useful safety feature, projecting all of the essential drive data onto the windscreen ahead, thus allowing the driver to keep his eyes on the road ahead.
RIVALS: CITROËN C4 GRAND PICASSO, FORD S-MAX, RENAULT GRAND SCENIC, VOLKSWAGEN TOURAN
- Engine: 1997cc, 4-cylinder, turbodiesel with particulate filter
- Gearbox: 6-speed manual
- Max power: 150bhp at 3,750rpm
- Max torque: 251lb ft at 2,000rpm
- Max towing weight: 1,550kg
- Max speed: 121mph
- 0-62mph: 10.0secs
- Combined consumption: 48.7mpg
- CO2 emissions (taxband): 151g/km (G)
- Boot space: tba/758 to 823/1,247/2,506litres
- Insurance group: 22