Peugeot 5008 Review
The new Peugeot 5008 has an SUV look that’s proven so irresistible to buyers, while inside you get the latest incarnation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design language
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- So-so practicality
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If you’re fed up with the uninspiring interior of your current family car then the futuristic forms and premium atmosphere inside the Peugeot 5008 make for the perfect upgrade. Build quality is impressive, but passenger space, and as a matter of fact, overall practicality isn’t quite on par with rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq.
The driving experience is a pleasant surprise, though. Sure, there’s quite a bit of body roll and you’d never go out to drive your 5008 just for fun, but the comfortable ride more than makes up for it. The 5008 is also quiet at speed but won’t be available with a four-wheel-drive system unlike rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail.
Engines are comprised of a couple of petrols and a couple of diesels, power ranging from 130 to 180hp. Of course, this is a porky seven-seater that, if you plan to use as intended, will be thankful for the extra pulling power provided by the diesel engines.
All cars come with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, Peugeot’s digital instrument binnacle, automatic emergency braking and a driver fatigue sensor.
Cosseting ride and high-tech interior are great but practicality not so much
The revamped 5008 has abandoned its boring MPV look and adopted the trendy SUV styling that is all the rage nowadays. However, in the process, it may have abandoned some MPV qualities that are quite important in the class. Yes, you get a snazzy cockpit to impress your passengers, but the limited rear headroom is a real oversight.
Things don’t look better for the 5008 once you consider its competitors. So if you want a striking SUV with a futuristic interior and don’t need the space, the smaller and more accomplished 3008 is the better purchase. Failing that – we’d go for a Skoda Kodiaq.
You can remove the 5008’s rearmost seats to make way for particularly bulky boxes in the boot but there’s nothing you can do to give passengers more room to stretch out in the back
Peugeot seems to have dropped the ball when it comes to rear-seat headroom – it’s pretty cramped in there, especially with a panoramic glass roof fitted
Strangely, this is an area where the 5008 struggles to make a particularly good case for itself. Let’s get the worst out of the way first – the smaller 3008 is better for middle-seat passengers. Legroom is quite good, but headroom isn’t – a six-foot passenger will touch his head on the ceiling if a panoramic roof has been specced up.
The protruding dashboard forms also rob you off some space in the front, but it remains decently spacious. Top-spec GT models come with soft leather chairs with a massage function.
You buy the 5008 over the slightly smaller 3008 for the extra pair of seats in the boot. In terms of passenger space, they are on par with rivals meaning they are most suited to kids but you can just about fit an adult in there for a short trip. The seat-folding manoeuvres are a bit more of a faff than in a Kodiaq but what the Peugeot holds over the Skoda is that you can easily remove the two seats for extra storage below the boot floor.
Talking about storage, the 5008 wins back some practicality points in this area. All the door bins are spacious enough for family needs and the central storage area splits open like in more expensive cars such as the BMW X5.
There are also hidden compartments below the feet of passengers in the middle row and mid-range 5008 models get picnic tables on the backs of the front seats.
With all seven seats in use the boot is predictably small, only able to hold the folded parcel shelf and maybe a couple of soft bags.
Fold the rearmost seats down and the resulting increase in capacity to 780 litres is spacious for most families and about average in class. Fold all but the front two seats down and the resulting 2,000-plus litre capacity should be more than enough for even the most ambitious Ikea trips.
The 5008 prioritises comfort over handling and as a result, it drives more like an MPV than an SUV meaning plenty of body roll but a cosseting ride
The 1.6-litre provides the best combination between running costs and performance
The cheapest engine available in the 5008 is a fairly new 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol producing 130hp. It’s a lively unit in smaller Peugeots and the off-beat sound it makes is a nice bonus, however, with seven people aboard it’s a real struggle and fuel consumption suffers badly.
If you want to stay with petrol power but want to occasionally overtake when the car’s fully loaded then the larger 1.6-litre may prove a better bet. It makes 180hp which is plenty enough most of the time but it’s the refinement of the 1.6-litre that impresses the most. If you want the quietest 5008 this is it.
However, if you want the most well-rounded 5008 you have to consider the 1.5-litre diesel because it really is all you need. It makes 130hp which is the same as the entry-level petrol, but its better torque makes up for that. In reality, it feels a bit faster when picking up speed on the motorway.
Those after a bit more diesel power can go for the 180hp the 2.0-litre diesel. It’s the oldest engine in the line-up so it’s occasionally grumbly but the pulling power makes up for that. It’s auto-only and, unless you plan on towing heavy trailers, overkill – pushing the price of the 5008 into BMW X3 (very dangerous) territory.
Underpinning the 5008 is the same platform as in the 308 hatchback, albeit one that has been stretched quite a bit. This means you get the darty steering of the 308 but also a lot more high-speed stability. The trade-off is that on very twisty roads the 5008 rolls a lot and doesn’t feel as agile as the smaller 3008.
Other than that, the driving experience is hard to fault. Road and wind noise is kept in check and the way the 5008 irons out road imperfection is impressive in the class. Yes, some pot holes catch it out, sending a thump through the cabin, but it’s very occasionally. However, a Ford Kuga is nearly as cosseting yet rolls less in corners and deals with big bumps better than the 5008. Bear in mind these are small complaints and shouldn’t put you off test driving one.
The lack of four-wheel drive available makes the Peugeot a bit of a fraud and will send buyers that have frequent need for extra traction the way of rivals. The 5008 isn’t completely hopeless off the beaten track, though, because you can have a clever traction control system with selectable driving modes that makes the most out of the grip provided by two tyres. We’ve tested it in the smaller 2008 where it made light work of deep sand.
Open the driver’s door you’re greeted by the sort of materials, design and build quality that used to be reserved for premium cars – not a practical seven-seater Peugeot
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