Remember when MPVs were all the rage? That trend has been well and truly buried. It is no more. We now all want SUVs. Peugeot’s response to this ever-changing consumer buying habit has forced it into a rethink. Some would say a radical rethink. It started with the 3008 SUV and continues with the second generation Peugeot 5008. Prices for the UK market start at £26k
The Peugeot 5008 external design language looks good, sophisticated and upmarket. Difficult to achieve with big vehicles. Overall, nice design details. The interior is lifted from the 3008. And that’s not a bad thing because it’s one of the best interiors in its class in terms of visual design.
The interior is full of flair, rivals like the Tiguan Allspace and or Touran seem dour by comparison. Interior build quality is excellent. Admittedly a little shy of VW standards, but it’s a close run thing these days. Nevertheless, the 5008 interior feels way more premium than any of its rivals, especially against the Tiguan Allspace.
And of course its practical, passenger storage cubbies, plenty of space up front and limo levels of leg space for second-row passengers. Third-row seats offer palatable levels of comfort for adults because the second-row seats can slide back and forth to increase knee room if required.
And there are the neat little touches like under floor storage compartment on the second-row deck. The third row seats are really easy to pop into place or fold away. Inevitably the 5008 offers generous load space with the second and third rows seats folded down.
That equates to 952 litres with the seats up (not the third row) and 2150 litres with all seats lowered.
Trim levels and engine options mirror that of the 3008. So, you get 5 trim levels, the Peugeot 5008 GT on test is the top dog of the range starting at £38k.
Engine options range from two petrol engines, the 1.2-litre or 1.6-litre or two 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre diesel engines. For the GT you only get the 2.0-litre diesel as standard.
And GT spec means its auto only, an 8-speed auto. Depending on engine capacity and trim level the 8-speed auto as an option. The six-speed manual is transmission is standard to all but the GT trim.
Equipment levels are generous. Entry-level models get a lane-departure warning, auto headlights/wipers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, DAB etc. So inevitably the top-spec GT model is going to be fully loaded.
So expect the latest driver safety assists. Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Assist with Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit recognition etc. And not to forget USB ports and smartphone charging pad.
The fully digital i-Cockpit 12.3-inch instrument binnacle is standard across the range and has a number of smart display graphics that allow you to configure information and the overall design language.
The digital instrument binnacle is complemented by the 8.0-inch touchscreen. Both systems are easy to use. Once you are dialed into the functionality. The displays offer clear graphics and easy to navigate menu systems.
Every car has its own usability issue, whether it’s switch gear or accessing display menu via a touchscreen. The 5008 is no exception. But mostly the issues are so trivial they are easy to master.
The interior dash is simple, decluttered because the functionality has been moved mostly to the touchscreen. The dash area is slightly angled towards the driver. It feels like its wrapped around you, relaying a very cosseting feel.
The dash-center console features quick access to physical buttons for the heating controls. Although to set a temperature you will need to use the dash mounted touchscreen.
One thing that you notice immediately is the driving position. Peugeot has lowered the steering to allow for better visibility of the instrument binnacle. The steering wheel is also compact. And it feels odd. At first.
But then after a day or so, maybe less, you become accustomed to the driver setup. And it gradually begins to make more sense.
The Peugeot 5008 is a good drive. Nothing spectacular but it does feel sure-footed and stable for what is a big vehicle. In terms of size, it’s actually a little smaller than a Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The ride is excellent, it soaks up bumps without causing bone-rattling levels of discomfort. As a side-note, having a VW Tiguan as a long-termer, in comparison, I can say the Peugeot 5008 offers a more comfortable ride and better handling.
The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder 180bhp diesel engine offers power and plenty of torque, 400Nm of it. So you can load the vehicle up, passengers and or cargo and there will be no noticeable decline in performance that extra loaded weight brings. Maybe you will take a small hit on the mpg.
NAd the 2.0-litre diesel engine. It’s a typical modern day diesel, a little audible on start-up and hushed on the move. Smooth-ish power delivery.
Fuel economy is great, 55mpg for this size of a vehicle is more than acceptable. And that’s combined with the 8-speed auto. Peugeot refers to as it the “electric impulse automatic gearbox”.
Admittedly the latter is very good marketing. Compared to the old 6-speed auto the new 8-speed auto lacks it’s predecessors jerky shift pattern and adopts a smooth unnoticeable shift action.
The Peugeot 5008 in GT spec is trimmed with a Nappa leather interior, mostly the seats. And the seats are comfortable and look fantastic. And of course, I made use of the massage seat function.
So overall the Peugeot 5008 is certainly a transformational proposition over the 5008 MPV. It’s an award winning car. But it doesn’t take a genius or awards to work out that the 5008 is worthy enough of consideration. Because it is.