The Lion roars again
Just like buses, similar sized cars launched by the manufacturers, always seem to arrive at once. In 2017, Skoda launched the Kodiaq, Renault the Koleos & Peugeot the 5008, which replaced Peugeot’s old 5008, which was an MPV in looks & set up.
Peugeot’s model range is moving with the times & the 5008 is no different. It comes with a range of powerful, efficient, Euro6 petrol & diesel engines. Petrol versions include a 1.2 PureTech 130 S&S 6-Speed Manual. a 1.2 PureTech 130 S&S EAT6 Automatic & 1.6 THP 165 S&S EAT6 Automatic. Diesel choices are from a 1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S 5-Speed Manual ,1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S EAT6 Automatic, 1.5 BlueHDi 130 S&S 6-Speed Manual Euro 6.2, 2.0 BlueHDi 150 S&S 6-Speed Manual & top of the range, 2.0 BlueHDi 180 S&S EAT6 Automatic.
Keeping the specification simple, 5008 is offered in four trims; Active, Allure, GT Line & GT. Al models are well equipped with the following as standard: ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with REF (Electronic Braking Distribution) and AFU (Emergency Braking Assistance).Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with side airbags. Front & rear curtain airbags. CDS (Dynamic Stability Control) & ASR (Electronic Anti-skid System). Programmable cruise control & speed limiter. Bluetooth, USB, 6-speaker radio, MP3 compatible & three 12v sockets. Halogen headlights, with LED daytime running lights built into the headlight unit & LED side indicator lights integrated into door mirrors. All models as feature roof rails as standard.
Looking at the 5008, Peugeot has retained the clam-shell bonnet & front-end from the 3008, but behind the A pillars, the 5008 takes on a look that is all it’s own. Part Audi, part Range Rover but definitely different to the looks sported by other cars in this sector, the 5008 really does stand out. Even though the 5008 is a large seven-seater, Peugeot are describing it as a C segment car, as it has only a 165mm longer wheel base than the smaller 3008. This may at first, appear not to be a large enough increase to warrant moving up from your 3008, but both the design of the 5008 coupled with some nifty internal features, do actually provide buyers with a genuine seven-seater, which is more than a match for the both the outgoing 5008 in terms of it’s usefulness, whilst offering customers a good looking seven-seaters, which could be a first !
The 2.84m wheelbase of the all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV & the compact overall length of the vehicle 4.64m, makes it 19cm longer than the 3008 & 11cm longer than the original 5008. In the rear, the 5008 has three matching, separate, folding seats in the second row, adjustable in length & inclination & all with ISOFIX fittings. There are two removable folding seats in the third row, that fold flat into the floor or can be easily removed & stored away if required. In five-seat mode, overall boot space is 1,060 litres. Fold all five rear seats down & this increases to a whopping 2,150 litres, more than enough room for that trip to IKEA. There’s even a foldable front passenger seat, giving you the option to carry long loads up to 3.20m. Go for the GT Line model & you will benefit from a hands- free, motorised tailgate activated by a foot motion sensor.
I did take the opportunity to sit in the second row of rear seats , where there is excellent leg & knee room. Head room though, is not as great, especially if you opt for the panoramic sunroof. Anyone over six foot will find that their head rubs on the roof. The 5008 also comes with a very useful 38 litres of additional internal storage space, courtesy of large door pockets & glove box & a useful cubby hole in the floor.
We thought that the best thing about the 3008 when we drove it , was it’s interior & Peugeot have sensibly incorporated the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® found in 3008, into the larger 5008. The 5008 retains the love it or hate it, compact steering wheel found on 2008 & 3008 & new 208 & 2008. Dominating the dashboard are a large 8” touchscreen & a 12.3” high-resolution digital head-up display.
Peugeot’s Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) is also in evidence which offers a plethora of high-tech features that enhance both comfort & safety. The piano keyboard of function switches is also carried over from the 3008, enabling the driver to make far quicker changes when selecting the air conditioning for example, than can be made when just using the touchscreen. The added benefit of these buttons is that you can keep your eyes on the road as well.
Over the Christmas break, Peugeot kindly loaned us a range topping 130 GT Premium. This gave me the opportunity to test it for longer than usual 2 weeks & us it for purpose, driving fully laden with four adults, Christmas paraphernalia & associated luggage.
Before we departed, I had a few days to drive the 5008 alone & in this spec & with this engine & auto gear box, it’s a lovely car to be in. The 1.5 diesel engine may appear underpowered, but when your driving alone, it’s excellent both in town & especially on the motorway. I averaged close to 50 mpg with a single passenger.
Fast Forward to Christmas Eve & the 5008 was rammed, for a round trip to the North East. The 1060 litre boot was utilised fully & my two adult children had plenty of room in the back. The 129bhp engine isn’t quite as exciting when the 5008 needs to carry more weight, but again once up to motorway speeds, the cruise control kept me at a constant 75mph. Top speed is 118 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 11.4 seconds.
On a long journey, what strikes you, is how quiet the 5008 cabin is & also how comfortable the seats are. No back ache for me when we finished our journey. And, for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto fans, the connected Apps in the Peugeot work well. Also a shout out to Peugeot’s own SatNav system, which is one of the better looking & easiest to use systems out there.
Once we had returned home after the holidays, I was able to check the fuel economy, which unsurprisingly had dropped to 39.9 mpg. I personally, don’t think that’s half bad & with CO2 emissions of 105g/km, the diesel still has appeal if you drive over 12,000 miles per annum, although Peugeot has worked very hard to make the petrol engines in the range appeal to those going non-diesel as well.
Negative wise, I could find only one. The tailgate does not open that wide. If you’re 5 feet 10″ or taller, you will need to stoop to gain access. And if you’re well over six feet tall, then you may bash your head a few times, so pleas take note !
As far as ride & comfort go, up front, the 5008’s seats are comfortable, the suspension feels balanced & thanks to it’s longer wheelbase, it soaks up the bumps better than the 3008. I like the small steering wheel, but it may feel undersized in a car as large as the 5008 & this could put some off. My advice is to try it for yourself. In keeping with the vehicles size, there is some noticeable body roll on sharp bends & tight corners. Overall though, it’s another thumbs up for Peugeot, who have followed the excellent 3008 with a very good 5008, with the baby of the bunch, the new 2008 set to arrive shortly as well.
If you need more space in your car, the 5008 may be the answer to your problems. Peugeot have designed a highly practical car, whilst making it easy on the eye & with a plethora of colour combinations available – I particularly like the Emerald Green with a black roof – it will satisfy the customer who now has a family to fit into their car or leads an active lifestyle, whilst not compromising the good looks many covet from a smaller SUV or crossover.
Overall a pleasing 3.75/5