Peugeot 5008

Practical seven seater is good value

8.2
wowscore
This is the average score given by leading car publications from 17 reviews
  • Smart styling
  • Versatile interior
  • Economical engines
  • Poor automatic gearbox
  • Equally poor sat-nav
  • Base models lack kit
 

£19,355 - £27,030 Price range

 

7 Seats

 

40 - 68 MPG

Review

The Peugeot 5008 is a family seven seater that is easy to drive and extremely practical. Its closest rivals are the Seat Alhambra, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and the Ford Grand C-Max. A more up-market rival is the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

Prices start from £19,355 and if you buy your new 5008 using carwow you can save £5,260 on average.

The interior of the 5008 is arguably the nicest Peugeot has done yet and not only looks stylish, but also feels robust. There are lots of soft-touch materials and if you squint (quite hard), the dashboard looks like the one in the Audi R8 supercar. The passenger space is impressive and so is the large boot when all the seats are folded down.

The 5008 is very capable on the road. Testers were pleasantly surprised by the minimal body roll and overall agility of the MPV. Ride comfort is also very good and on par with French rivals. Urban driving should be effortless with light steering and great all round visibility.

The 1.6-litre diesel is the most frugal engine choice available and is also the most loved by reviewers. It’s fuel economy figures are impressive for a car this size. The more powerful 2.0-litre diesel is worth considering if you regularly drive with a full load of passengers. 

There are just two trims levels available with the 5008, so Peugeot has made sure even the basic model is well equipped. Features worthy of note are the standard front and rear parking sensors, which make the big car much easier to park, and the Electrochome rearview mirror that stops following traffic’s headlights from blinding the driver. Kit such as rear electric windows and air conditioning are regular features in this price bracket, but useful additions all the same.

Read our Peugeot 5008 colours guide too to see which shade of paint is right for you and if you aren’t sure if it offers enough interior space, have a look at our Peugeot 5008 dimensions guide. If this model’s MPV looks aren’t to your taste, check out the new SUV-styled 2017 Peugeot 5008 in our dedicated price, specs and release date article.

Cheapest to buy: 1.2-litre Active petrol

Cheapest to run: 2.0-litre Active diesel

Fastest model: 2.0-litre Active diesel

Most popular: 1.6-litre Allure diesel

The interior build quality of Peugeots has been improving steadily over the years, and the 5008 has one of the classiest cabins in the model line-up. The cabin has a smart look and feel to it, with plenty of soft-touch materials, but quite a few testers feel the dashboard isn’t the easiest to use.

Peugeot 5008 passenger space

The Peugeot 5008 shares its platform with the Citroen C4 Picasso and offers a similar amount of passenger space as a result. The car’s tall roof means there’s lots of headroom for all passengers and even middle-row passengers can recline their backrests if they want to. The Peugeot is smaller than MPVs such as the SEAT Alhambra, so the spare pair of seats in the boot are best sampled by children.

Peugeot 5008 boot space

There’s a distinctive van flavour to the 5008’s styling, but few families will care when they see the cargo space you get in return. Even with five seats in place the big Peugeot boasts a 823-litre boot and that stretches to a massive 2,506 litres when you fold away the rear chairs.

You don’t buy a people carrier for dynamic thrills, but most testers were surprised by the handling characteristics of the 5008. There’s very little body roll, even on the standard suspension setup, and the steering is sharp and direct, so the 5008 is fairly decent to drive by people carrier standards.

It’s also suitable for more mundane driving duties because there’s decent visibility all around, refinement is impressive and the ride soaks up all but the worst of the bumps. Although one or two reviewers feel the ride quality can be a bit firm, others suggest it’s on par for comfort with French rivals from Citroen and Renault yet out-handles both of them. It doesn’t quite have the dynamic repertoire of a Ford S-Max, but then what MPV does…

There’s a fairly limited array of engines available – three diesels, and a turbo petrol – though while you’d not opt for the base petrol unless you were really squeezing the pennies, the rest are generally up to the task of hauling the 5008 down the road. Refinement is pretty good from all units, so they’re suitable for motorway journeys.

Peugeot 5008 diesel engines

Since the 5008’s most recent facelift, the engine lineup changed to include a new ultra-frugal 1.6 e-HDi model which offers seriously impressive economy for a car of the 5008’s size. With Peugeot’s automated manual transmission, the official figure is 65.7mpg. Tax will set you back £30 a year, or less than half a tank of diesel. Even performance isn’t bad on the 1.6, at 12.6 seconds from 0-62mph. Those wishing for more performance should consider the 50mpg 2.0 HDi diesel, which sprints from 0-62mph in 10 seconds dead.

Peugeot 5008 petrol engines

The little 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine does a decent job of moving the big seven-seater around and the performance figures are around the middle of the range – 0-62mph taking 12.3 seconds. That its actually slighter better on fuel than the 2.0-litre diesel is testament to how far modern petrols have come.

Peugeot 5008 gearbox options

Most engines come with a six-speed manual as standard, except for the top-spec 2.0 diesel which is an automatic. For the 1.6 HDi though, there’s an option for an ‘EGC’ semi-automatic gearbox. It improves fuel economy ever so slightly, but most critics wouldn’t recommend it, because it’s slow and frustrating to use at times.

The Peugeot 5008 1.6 HDi reviews are all extremely positive. The testers seem to be very impressed with the entry level diesel powered 5008 – it gets consistently favourable reviews. Many of the critics are big fans of the engine’s overall punch and refinement, as well as the enticing fuel consumption figures. However, some testers weren’t too satisfied with it when the car was fitted with the automatic gearbox.

The engine itself appears to be a very good one indeed. There were a few complaints about a slight drop-off in power when you work the engine fairly hard, but there’s enough grunt across the rev band to permit decent acceleration. It’s also incredibly refined for a diesel engine, and the claimed 55 mpg fuel economy figure is very impressive for a big people carrier.

There’s also an optional semi-automatic ‘EGS’ gearbox, which helps improve that figure to 57 mpg. However, quite a few testers reckon you’re better off sticking with the manual, as it’s a bit jerky and unintuitive, even in fully automatic mode.

Overall, the 1.6 diesel motor is a very fine all-rounder that’s usefully spacious and affordable to buy and run. Those wanting a bit more grunt and a proper automatic gearbox may want to have a look at the more expensive models in the range, but we reckon most buyers will be better off with this variant.

There aren’t many reviews of the Peugeot 5008 2.0 HDi 150, but most of the testers agree that it’s a strong engine that is well suited to life under the bonnet of this people carrier. There’s ample power and torque figures, fuel economy is impressive for such a large car and is overall a very strong engine choice.

With almost as much power as the flagship petrol, but with far more torque, the 2.0 diesel certainly has enough grunt for a people carrier. It’s also suitably refined for motorway journeys, and the claimed 48 mpg statistic means it’s not fairly cheap to run for such a large car.

Overall, it’s a strong overall engine that’s certainly worth looking at if you can justify the premium. However, the smaller engines are cheaper to buy and run, so unless you regularly carry lots of people or items, then we reckon you should have a look the other diesels in the range, particularly the 1.6 HDi.

These are general, non-engine specific reviews. They give a nice overview of what the car is like, without focusing on just one engine/version.

Euro NCAP tested the 5008 for crash safety back in 2009. It received a full five stars with excellent protection for adults and children.

To achieve this score it offered seatbelt reminders for front and rear-seat passengers, featured standard stability control, and has a driver-set speed limiter. Although the game has since moved on from features like these, Peugeot continues to offer extra safety options on the 5008. Models with a heads-up display give you a distance indicator to the car in front, which you can set to provide warnings if you get too close. There are six airbags as standard plus the option of a couple more for seven-seat variants.

Peugeot also offers what it calls ‘Snow Motion’. This is a unique setting for the traction control system that helps prevent each individual wheel slipping – a situation that confuses normal traction control systems and causes them to cut power to both wheels, therefore curtailing your progress.

As we said already, there are just two trim levels to choose from in the 5008 range – Active and Feline.

Peugeot 5008 Allure

To the basic model’s all-round parking sensors, air-con and cruise control, Allure trim adds items such as a panoramic sunroof roof, a head-up display and a reversing camera. A rear-seat entertainment system, with screens mounted in the back of the front seats’ headrests is also available if you’ve got dosh to spill, and well worth considering if you need to entertain kids on a long journey.

 

Conclusion

Overall, the Peugeot 5008 is a very capable and practical people carrier. The looks may split opinion (though they improved with the facelift) but there’s no denying that the Peugeot is a well built, spacious and dynamically accomplished MPV that has many positive attributes. The quality cabin, high levels of kit and frugal engines have certainly kept pace with the standards consumers expect.

There are areas where the Peugeot does fall behind the class standard somewhat, not helped by the emergence of younger rivals, but its broad range of abilities means that the 5008 is very easy to recommend.