MPV to SUV A-OK for all-new Peugeot 5008
PUBLISHED: 14:44 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 01 November 2017
Peugeot is set to become a key player in the seven-seat SUV sector after reinventing its 5008. It’s stylish, roomy and pleasing to drive, says motoring editor Andy Russell.
MPV to SUV, Peugeot has reinvented the 5008 and expects big things from this all-new, large seven-seater.
Launched in 2009, when compact people-carriers ruled the roost, the 5008 chalked up 20,000 UK sales as a seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle but now Peugeot aims to find 5,500 customers for the new sport utility vehicle version in its first full year.
Judging by the success of the compact 2008 and mid-range 3008 – the latter 2017 European Car of the Year and the first SUV winner with 15,000 UK sales since going on sale in January – that could be a conservative forecast.
Looks and image
One of the most stylish C-segment SUVs, its bold face is dominated by the Peugeot lion, tall grille and sleek headlights with three distinctive LED claw slash rear lights.
Peugeot has cleverly disguised the 5008’s size with an alloy trim strip running along the roofline and down into the rear lights which makes the profile look smaller and sleeker.
While seven-seat SUVs are replacing MPVs, the 5008 is biased towards carrying people than off-road work. There’s no four-wheel drive but optional advanced grip control costs £260 to £770 depending on trim.
Under the bonnet
Launched with 100 and 120hp 1.6 and 150hp 2.0-litre turbo diesel and 130hp 1.2-litre and 165hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engines, new 130hp 1.5-litre and 180hp 2.0-litre turbo diesels, the former manual, the latter with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, arrive soon.
The falling diesel appeal has seen the forecast for petrol models revised from 7pc to 40pc.
The manual 150hp 2.0-litre diesel has much punchier performance than the 120hp 1.6-litre diesel which needs working but is pleasantly relaxing with the optional six-speed automatic gearbox but isn’t a quick, slick shifter.
The surprise package is the peppy 1.2-litre, three-cylinder PureTech petrol unit, with manual or automatic transmission. It hauls the 5008 along from low revs and feels usefully punchy, particularly the auto in sport mode which holds gears with a throaty engine note.
How it drives
If comfort is your priority, you’re better with lower-spec models with smaller wheels and deeper tyres as high-spec 19in wheels make the ride firmer and noisier. On the plus side, larger wheels make the handling more rewarding with less body roll. That said, regardless of model – Active, Allure, GT Line or GT – the 5008 is a fine driving companion.
Space and comfort
The versatile standard seven-seat layout sees three middle row seats, with reclining backs, which each slide back and forth to transfer some of the limo-like legroom to the third row or increase boot space. The two rearmost seats, best for children, flip up from the boot floor or can be removed for extra storage but, with the biggest boot in the class at 952 litres with them folded down, it begs the question why. Weighing 11kg it’s not tricky but mind your fingers the first time! With all five seats flat, you’ve got 2,042 litres of load space. On all but entry model, the front passenger seat back folds flat for loads up to 3.2m long.
Its family credentials are underlined by 38 litres of cabin storage including compartments in the second row footwells.
At the wheel
Peugeot’s innovative i-Cockpit is a breath of fresh air - you look at the latest 12.3in digital head-up display over the top the small steering wheel while an eight-inch tablet-like touchscreen controls most functions so no fiddly buttons.
I love the swooping curves as the fascia cascades into the centre console and quality, soft-touch trim but question how fabric inserts will cope with sticky-fingered children.
Seats offer good support but found the GT Line’s too high at the front and long in the cushion with my short legs.
The Peugeot 5008 is a major boost for the seven-seater SUV sector. Despite, bold, rugged looks, it’s more about lugging a load than getting off-road but style, space and vast versatility are the key to its appeal.
SPEC AND TECH
PEUGEOT 5008 1.2 PureTech 130
Engine: 1,199cc, 131hp, three-cylinder turbo petrol with six-speed manual gearbox (six-speed auto)
Performance: 0-62mph 10.9 seconds (10.4); top speed 117mph
MPG: Urban 47.1; extra urban 62.8; combined 55.4 (44.8, 60.1, 54.3)
CO2 emissions: 117g/km (120g/km)
PEUGEOT 5008 2.0 BlueHDI 150
Engine: 1,997cc, 150hp, four-cylinder turbo diesel with six-speed manual gearbox
Performance: 0-62mph 9.6 seconds; top speed 129mph
MPG: Urban 53.3; extra urban 67.3; combined 61.4
CO2 emissions: 118g/km
Price: £24,495 to £35,695
Warranty: Three years or 60,000 miles
Will it fit in the garage? L 4,641mm; W (including door mirrors) 2,098mm; H 1,646mm