SUVs are currently on a winning streak and it’s easy to see why writes Geraldine Herbert
What is it? An MPV is not the car of choice for style conscious families. If you are in the market for one it’s unlikely that you are a singleton, no it is because you are in need of extra seats and space, possibly as much as 1,000 litres, with the seats folded down. In the age of the Urban SUV, Peugeot has looked at the most important, decision-shaping consumer desirables within the family-buying market – style, space and elegance and have reimagined their 5008 from the wheels up
First impressions of the new Peugeot 5008? Sharing only a name with the outgoing model the 5008 is no longer a boxy MPV but rather a smart SUV. In this highly competitive market segment, style and packaging is all important and the 5008 scores well, it is distinctive and elegant. The deep grille, smart headlights and roof racks all add to it’s appeal.
What about the interior? Inside everything is smooth and logical, behind Peugeot’s small steering wheel is a virtual cockpit; the “iCockpit”, a digital dashboard. The contemporary design is elegant and there’s the impression that every detail has been considered. The previous model may not have been one of Peugeot’s most desirable cars but it was certainly one of their most practical with a flexible seating arrangement and stacks of space. Fans of the old one will not be disappointed, the new model offers lots of legroom without scrimping on the boot space and loses none of the flexibility, third row passengers now enjoy even more head room than before, thanks to an increase in the length over the previous 5008 MPV model. Even second row passengers benefit from 6cm more knee room, it may not seem like a lot but on a long journey it all adds up. The spacious SUV gets even more generous with the third row of seats removed. This makes for a huge boot capacity, 1,060 litres, perfect for paid-up Ikea card carriers.
And on the road? On the road this functional yet chic seven seater actually has a fun side. Our 1.6 zipped along with 120bhp of gusto and returns a promised 4.2 litres per 100 kms. Reassuringly the 5008 is offered with Grip Control. This is a system that provides more traction and control than a two-wheel drive vehicle for that extra reassurance on wet roads or snow-covered motorways. Diesel engines are offered as a 100ps 1.6 manual or a 120ps and a 2-litre in 150ps manual and 180ps. The choice of petrol engines includes a 130ps 1.2 turbo with manual or automatic gears, and a 165ps 1.6 auto.
How Much? Prices start from €29,345 for the Access 1.2 130bhp PureTech petrol version.
How Safe? Boasting a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the 5008 comes with 6 airbags, an automatic braking system and front collision warning as standard but if you want the full suite of safety features offered by the Safety Plus pack safety – then you’ll have to go for the “Allure” trim level.
What about my options? Five trim levels are offered, Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT versions. All 5008s feature a configurable 12.3″ head-up digital instrument panel, an 8” touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and 3 x 12V sockets. Treat yourself to the top of the line GT 2.0 litre BlueHDi automatic version that includes 3D navigation, voice recognition, driver seat multi-point massage function, driver seat memory function, driver seat 8-way electric adjustment (includes electric lumbar adjustment), driver and front passenger seat heating and seat adjustable cushion nose, full grain leather seat trim with Aikinite double stitch detail and grey oak dash & panel finish.
3 words to describe the Peugeot 5008: Stylish; Practical; Spacious
11th December, 2017