Boasting bold design cues, a raft of innovative techno treats, generously-equipped trim levels and a selection of highly-efficient engines, the 5008 is a seven-seater that delivers on every count. It is also very competitively priced.
The goodDelivers on every count - fabulous seven-seater
The badSome of the technology is too complicated
Peugeot 5008 – first drive (2017)
Car makers competing for sales in the SUV sector face stiff opposition with a constant stream of models flooding the market and even the likes of premium marques such as Jaguar have entered the fray, but the new-generation Peugeot 5008 with it’s dynamic styling is guaranteed to gain its fair share of attention along the way.
The all-new 5008 replaces its rather box-like predecessor and Peugeot has done a superb job bringing the model bang up to date with some eye-catching design cues along with a raft of state-of-the-art on-board technology.
Making a good first impression is vital and the 5008 certainly achieves on that count thanks to its imposing stance with a chiselled front end, diamond cut alloys, roof rails, tinted windows, the signature LED claw-effect rear lights, a raised body line and the instantly-recognisable chunky grille where the Peugeot emblem proudly sits.
Step inside the seven-seater and the car oozes premium level styling with smart fabric on the doors and dashboard that contrasts beautifully with the surrounds. There are the piano key toggle switches that offer quick access to certain infotainment features and a whole host of soft-touch surfaces that help to create a beautifully modern and clutter-free interior.
When it comes to technology, the 5008 comes fully loaded and features Peugeot’s latest i-Cockpit system that introduces an eight-inch touchscreen, a compact steering wheel and a 12.3-inch high resolution digital display with smart dials that are a little similar to the virtual cockpit seen on some Audi models.
Priced from £24,495, customers can choose from 10 efficient powertrains – six diesel ranging from 100 to 180bhp and four petrol ranging from 130 to 165bhp. In addition there four generously-equipped trim grades to select from called Active, Allure, GT Line and GT.
Creature comforts, depending on the trim level, include the likes of a pitch-perfect sound system with DAB radio, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, massaging seats, a smartphone charging plate, LED interior lighting and a panoramic sunroof.
The 5008 is billed as a seven-seater and it delivers on every count. We took 30 to 45 minutes to investigate all the various seating configurations before taking to the road and it was time well spent. The trio of individual second row seats can be moved back and forth, folded forward, tilted or laid flat. The two back seats also fold completely flat to the boot floor and in addition, they are very light in weight so can be completely removed or clipped back into place in a matter of seconds. There is enough room in these two seats for a couple of youngsters to travel in comfort.
If you look a little closer you will see that Peugeot has added a few rather clever touches. Firstly, the safety belt for the second row middle seat clips neatly into the roof lining and is magnetically held in place to avoid any rattling. The belts for the two rear seats are held magnetically to the side of the boot when not in use and when the rear seats are folded flat, magnetic flaps fold down from the back of the second row of seats onto the boot floor to prevent any items rolling beneath them – all simple, but clever stuff.
All this versatility means the 5008 is exceptionally flexible and when you consider the fact that the front passenger seat can be folded forward too, then accommodating something the length of a surfboard becomes a realistic option. Even with five seats in use, the 5008 can carry an impressive 1,060 litres of kit and there is an additional 38 litres of storage space thanks to underfloor compartments and cubby holes scattered throughout the cabin. It’s also worth mentioning that unlike some rival SUVs, the 5008 has a spare wheel, albeit a space-saver.
Safety features on the car are comprehensive too with a number of cutting edge driver assistance systems including advanced grip control, blind spot monitoring, speed sign recognition, smart beam assist, distance alert, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning and park assist.
We tested out a couple of models on a road route that incorporated twisting country lanes, motorways and busy town centres with lots of stop/start driving.
First up was the three-cylinder, 1.2-litre 131bhp petrol model with six-speed manual gearbox. It was in GT Line and priced at £28,195 although a few optional extras saw the price increase to £32,620.
It could sprint from 0 to 62mph in 10.9 seconds and maxed out at 117mph. According to official figures it can deliver combined fuel economy of 55.4mpg with carbon emissions of 117g/km.
I was keen to see how the little three-pot engine would cope when powering such a large SUV model and it did exceptionally well. It whizzed along at motorway speeds without any strain whatsoever and the acceleration was smooth and constant through the gears as it powered through the country lanes which helped make very light work of overtaking slower moving vehicles. The only time it seemed to struggle a little was on long, steep inclines but otherwise the car was a delight.
Comfort levels are excellent with very good all-round visibility thanks to the elevated driving position and when it comes to space, a couple of six-footers can easily sit one behind the other without feeling cramped.
The on-board technology is most impressive when taking into account the asking price, although I did find it a tad annoying having to access a touchscreen menu to increase the temperature – even when going via the piano key shortcuts.
But that aside, the 5008 was difficult to find fault with and the same went for the second test car – a four-cylinder, 1.6-litre 120bhp diesel version with automatic gearbox in Allure trim priced at £27,030. This model can reach 62mph from a standing start in 12.8 seconds, has a top speed of 113mph and can achieve combined fuel efficiency of 61.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 112g/km.
Once again the 5008 was effortless to drive and although it didn’t offer quite as much fizz and zip as the petrol version, it coped well with all driving situations. It was a slightly lower trim level but still featured a plethora of classy kit and also offered the improved fuel efficiency compared to the petrol model.
All in all, the new 5008 is an excellent all-rounder for the active family. It offers all the versatility needed in a quality SUV, it’s jam packed with innovative technology, boasts outstanding safety specifications, it looks amazing and it won’t break the bank.
Peugeot 5008 Allure HDi 115 Manual
Compact MPVs seem to be all the rage these days with buyers demanding flexibility, economy and great handling all bundled together in one vehicle.
Well, Peugeot seems to have the ideal solution in its 5008 which is big on space, big on practicality and very big on personality.
It features a smart eye-catching appearance with plenty of Peugeot’s trademark design cues on show such as the “floating” grille, stylish headlight clusters with new LED signature built into the lower section and plenty of chrome trim surrounds.
The test model also boasted a massive panoramic glass roof, 18-inch alloys and tinted windows.
And once you take your seat behind the steering wheel it’s difficult not to be impressed by the Tardis-like proportions and seemingly endless amount of space.
There is ample room for five adults to travel in comfort and then upon closer inspection two further seats can be found folded flat in the boot floor meaning the 5008 can quickly and simply convert into a seven-seater people carrier.
There is a beautifully simplistic, clutter-free design with all dials, controls and read-outs perfectly positioned for driver usability and there is also a host of techno treats and creature comforts to be explored especially on the range-topping Allure model, priced at £24,250.
Top notch features include Peugeot’s highly efficient and easy-to-operate sat nav system, a colour head-up display, parking sensors plus reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, dual zone air conditioning and a great sound system complete with CD player.
The driver benefits from excellent all-round visibility thanks to the high seated driving position and comfort levels are good for all occupants in the bright and spacious cabin where light floods in via the huge sunroof.
But the 5008 is really all about versatility and flexibility and it has it by the bucket load. The trio of individual second row seats can slide, tilt and fold flat and this means the 5008 is more than capable of carrying awkwardly-shaped items with ease.
And then when required it can adapt quickly and be converted into a five or seven seat vehicle. Even with all seven seats in use there is still enough room left over to carry lots of shopping bags.
A 1.6-litre 115bhp diesel engine powered the test car and it provided all the power and acceleration necessary.
Admittedly, the 5008 isn’t exactly the fastest kid out of the starting blocks taking 12.9 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph, but it isn’t designed to be a ‘boy racer’ type of car.
But the 5008 did perform beautifully in busy traffic where the great visibility was a bonus and it can also hold its own alongside fast-moving motorway traffic where the acceleration through the six-speed manual transmission was nice and responsive.
And according to official figures, it can deliver a very creditable 54.3mpg on a combined run.
As one would expect, Peugeot has kitted out the 5008 with a comprehensive array of safety specifications which helped it achieve a maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety ratings – this is another plus factor for a vehicle which is predominantly used as a family car.
All in all, the 5008 is a smart, versatile and economical all-rounder.
It’s not flashy and garish, but it is stylish and will help you transport that five-a-side footie team with relative ease along with all the kit!
Peugeot 5008 Allure HDi 163 automatic
Versatility is vital these days and Peugeot has somehow managed to blend that commodity perfectly with sleek styling and driving dynamics in its new compact multi-purpose vehicle – the 5008.
Guaranteed to turn heads thanks to its aerodynamic stance, the 5008 is the perfect vehicle for anyone who likes to be prepared for life’s unexpected experiences.
That’s because the 5008 quickly and simply adapts from a stylish five-seater to a practical seven-seater thanks to the two rear seats that are packed neatly into the boot floor.
Eye-catching features include 18-inch alloys, a steeply raked bonnet, a massive panoramic sunroof that allows light to flood into the cabin, silver roof rails, tinted rear windows and snazzy light clusters.
Once inside, it’s impossible not to be impressed with the premium feel the 5008 has. The build quality is superb and you are surrounded by top notch technical wizardry at every turn.
For example, there is a head-up display with distance alert, a brilliant multi-media sound system, 3D satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, heated seats with three settings and plenty more besides.
The test model featured luxurious cream leather seats which were exceptionally comfortable even on very long journeys. And the second row of passengers enjoy their own individual seats.
Storage will never be a problem either as the 5008 has a generously-sized boot along with numerous other handy compartments scattered throughout the vehicle.
And when it comes to performance and handling, the 5008 is an absolute delight. Despite its size, the vehicle is agile and the all-round parking sensors make parking simple.
The driver benefits from excellent all-round visibility and a special mention has to be made about the rear headrests which pack down neatly into the seats when not in use. This stops them obscuring the driver’s view through the rear screen.
Powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, the 5008 has plenty of get-up-and-go about it. Acceleration through the six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive and road-holding flawless.
The test model reaches 62mph from a standing start in 10.5 seconds and delivers combined fuel economy of 41.5mpg.
There is a little cabin noise, but it’s not particularly uncommon in a vehicle this size.
As one would expect, Peugeot has packed a comprehensive list of safety specifications into the vehicle, including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability programme, hill start assist, airbags to protect all three rows of occupants and lots more.
It’s these features and more that helped the 5008 achieve the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety ratings.
Admittedly, the vehicle is not going to suit everyone’s driving requirements but when it comes to style and versatility it is exceptional value at £25,395 without any added extras.
Peugeot 5008 Exclusive HDi 150
With more light than the average greenhouse, Peugeot’s latest compact multi-purpose vehicle is guaranteed to make rival manufacturers sit up and take note.
For the 5008 can easily accommodate seven people complete with all their luggage, has a spec list that cannot fail to impress and still manages to deliver on the performance front too.
And when you add in the maximum NCAP safety rating of five stars the 5008 is definitely a whole lot of vehicle for its just-shy-of-£23k price tag. Admittedly, the test vehicle had a few additional extras including a top notch media system, video pack, xenon directional headlights and metallic paint, but to be perfectly honest the standard model is crammed to bursting with quality creature comforts.
There is, for example, a heads-up display and distance alert system, rear parking sensors, a tyre pressure sensor, cruise control, sun visor curtains for rows two and three, 17-inch alloys, climate control and a whole lot more. There is even a special mirror so the driver can keep an eye on other passengers, although they will probably be making good use of the multimedia system which includes two 7-inch colour screens to watch DVDs or play games on, each with wireless headsets.
I mentioned earlier the incredible light and spacious feel to the 5008 and this is achieved partly thanks to the massive panoramic glass roof, which on more gloomy, depressing days can be closed at the press of a button.
Like most MPVs the 5008 is versatility on wheels with seats that can be folded every which way to open up more storage space. They can even be folded flat to the floor for transporting larger items.
Despite its size, the 5008 was deceptively agile in and around town and parking in tight spaces is made a lot easier thanks to the technology available to the driver.
Then out on the open road, the 2.0-litre engine delivered plenty of power and acceleration and the six-speed manual transmission was also very responsive. Road-holding was excellent and the high-seated driving position meant all-round visibility was also outstanding.
Safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability programme, numerous airbags plus a very effective alarm system to keep any uninvited visitors at bay.
All in all, the 5008 is a true pleasure to drive and although it’s not cheap you do get plenty for your cash and with so much space and light at your disposal, you could probably even grow some tomatoes on the dashboard too!