By Wayne Gorrett
With loads of storage, plenty of real space and a proper seven-seater,
Peugeot’s family-friendly 5008 MPV is worthy of mum and dad’s attention.
We took a shining to…
* Hugely practical * Spacious cabin * Flexible, comfortable, user-friendly seating *
* Good drive * Excellent turbo-diesels * Good interior quality *
…but noted that
* Not the best ergonomic Pug layout * Some unreachable controls from driver’s position *
* Better drives in its class * Quite plain styling *
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Introduced to the UK market in January 2010, the Peugeot 5008 is a large MPV with a spacious and practical interior designed for family use and is a very palatable cheese compared to the marque’s previous chalky people-mover offerings.
The 5008 offers sharp, enjoyable driving dynamics, provides healthy value for money, is well-built and has an excellent range of turbo-diesels available. We think the petrol engines should best be left on the shelf because Peugeot has always made a good diesel engine, and the ‘best-pick’ 115bhp 1.6-litre variant, with 240Nm of lovely torque from only 1,750rpm, is plenty enough power for everyday use, inexpensive to run and quite effortless to drive.
The Peugeot 5008 has a vast windscreen and the heightened seating position offers excellent all-round visibility with the exception of an irritating blind spot created by the thick windscreen pillar and driver’s side door mirror at junctions – a common problem in modern cars as roll-over protection becomes a major safety factor. Chrome trim on the dials and on many of the upper dashboard switches help give the 5008 an upmarket feel, while the large front glass area – more so on our Allure model fitted with the panoramic glass roof – gives the interior an airy and pleasant ambiance.
The interior build quality of Peugeot’s has been improving steadily over the years, and the 5008 has one of the classiest cabins in the current model line-up. The cabin has a smart look and feel to it, with plenty of soft touch materials, but we discovered the upper controls of the centre dash to be unreachable with the driver’s chair set to an ‘ideal’ position. Our test driver is 5ft 8ins short so the seat wasn’t set THAT too far back.
But thankfully, practicality isn’t as compromised. There’s impressive leg room in the front two rows and all round head room is excellent. Even with the third row seats raised there’s reasonable space in the boot and with the 2nd and 3rd rows folded, there’s a shed load of room – and we MEAN a real shed. The independent 3rd row seats are ‘proper’ than most in this class and teens and children will be quite comfortable there, even on longer journeys. Parents can keep an eye on all rear proceedings with a secondary panoramic rear-view mirror.
The Peugeot 5008 scored a maximum five-star rating in independent Euro NCAP crash tests. Six airbags are standard; front airbags for driver and front passenger, along with side airbags for front seat occupants and full-length curtain airbags up to and including the third row, ensuring the little ones are protected, too.
People carriers are not bought for dynamic road thrills, but we were pleasantly 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. While it will become a little unsettled over very uneven surfaces, the Pug is a welcome and engaging drive for MPV standards.
There aren’t many option boxes left to tick if you opt for this top-spec Allure model, as it comes stacked to the gunwales with kit. Bear with…automatic electronic parking brake with Hill Assist, 7 proper seats (middle three fully independent of each other), full electric windows, climate control, Peugeot Connect USB with Bluetooth, rear parking aid, ESP, auto headlights, wipers and rear view mirror, cruise control with limiter, fog lamps, head-up display with distance alert, exterior courtesy lighting, panoramic glass roof, rear privacy glass, 18″ alloys.
However, the entry level versions aren’t that well equipped and are not expected to hold their value in comparison with more desirable cars in the class.
The Peugeot 5008 shares its underpinnings with the Citroen C4 Picasso, so both are very similar in size and practicality. The Citroen is less expensive, has more storage cubbies up front and has better front visibility, thanks to the split A-pillars. However, the Peugeot remains a better, more dynamic drive and is better built.