The Lion roars again
Just like buses, similar sized cars launched by the manufacturers, always seem to arrive at once. Earlier this year Skoda’s large SUV the Kodiaq arrived & in the Summer Renault gained the Koleos, a Renault badged Nissan X-Trail. Early October saw Peugeot get in on the act with their new 5008, which at first glance looks like a longer, sleeker 3008. Plainly, the ‘crossover’ look is here to say as the latest 5008 replaces Peugeot’s old version, which was an MPV in looks & set up.
Peugeots latest model 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 bit more space & practicality then either the X-Trail or Kodiaq seven-seaters or the five-seat only Koleos
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 in the second row anyway there is good 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 last year, 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. 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.
We tested two models, one petrol & one diesel. The petrol was the GT Line PureTech 1.2 litre 130 Manual, which as a GT, was fitted with lovely padded leather seats. Performance wise, the 130 engine is fine on the flat & performs well on the motorway. But, on steady inclines, the 1.2 unit struggles, requiring the driver to drop down a gear or two just to keep the revs up. With a 0-62mph time of 12.8 seconds, it’s in no hurry either. Combined fuel economy is 55.4 mpg with CO2’s at 117g/km, which are both good for car of this size.
The diesel Allure 120HDi 120 auto, although a spec down, was still a nice place to be. This diesel version is quicker, getting to 62mph in a more enjoyable 10.9 seconds. Being a diesel, the better mid-range torque on offer compared to the petrol version, made for an easier drive & it handles the hills better than the petrol car we tested. Furthermore, the auto box made a nice change from the manual & after a couple of hours driving on all of the types of roads you’d encounter, this was the version I felt that I would want to drive every day. Emissions for this diesel are 112g/km with a combined fuel consumption figure of 61.4 mpg, so actually, not that much better than the 1.2 petrol. A 1.5 diesel will be available from late 2017, so it will be interesting to see how that one performs.
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 does feel particularly 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.
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 3.5/5