5008 Exclusive EGC HDi 112
bills its 5008 compact
as Enjoyed by families. Loved
Thats a pretty broad
mission statement which, like
handling and ride, usually demands
compromises. So, does the 5008
really manage to please both the
driver and the family?
BOTH WILL LIKE THE LOOKS. In a nutshell, it's light years away from
most people's idea of an MPV which, restricted by their one-box bodystyling,
are usually very much biased towards function with appearance lagging a long
way behind. Not so the 5008 it's as pretty as it
Size-wise, it's a family-friendly 4.5 metres long, 1.8m wide (2.1m mirror-to-mirror)
and 1.6m high with seven seats which should be more than enough
to go round, unless you happen to be like Steve Martin in Cheaper by the
Dozen and head-up a tribe of twelve.
Running a family is an expensive business and family transport usually has to
be fitted to a budget. Fortunately, the 5008 range is priced to suit most pockets
starting from £17,495 and topping out at £24,395. Further budgetary
fine-tuning is helped by there being three trim specifications to choose from:
Active, Sport and Exclusive.
news for the family's designated filler-upper is that 5008 models equipped with
Peugeot's EGC electronically-operated semi-automatic six-speed gearbox won't
be spending a fortune at the pumps. Furthermore, there's no fuel penalty over
the six-speed manual model: the EGC's official combined cycle consumption figure
is 55.3mpg the manual's 2mpg less, at 53.3.
no fuel penalty
over the six-speed
manual model: the EGCs
official combined cycle
55.3mpg the manuals
2mpg less, at 53.3...
Both will do their bit to make the family fuel budget go as far as possible.
Confirming this, a week's real-world driving in our EGC auto saw an average
of 45.1mpg and, as you know, we don't drive to save fuel. When it comes to performance,
the EGC scoots from standstill to the benchmark 62mph in 12.6 seconds before
topping out at 112mph.
For you money you certainly get a long list of kit fitted as standard. Range-topping
Elegance models come with a bunch of safety items to keep you and your family
safe starting with a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating, Speed & Distance Alert,
ESP electronic stability programme, ABS etc, tyre pressure monitor and six airbags:
two front, two front-side and head/curtain airbags covering all three rows of
Comfort and convenience items are many and include electric front and rear windows,
power-fold door mirrors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, radio/CD player, Peugeot
USB Connect with Bluetooth hands-free kit, full-length panoramic glass roof,
mesh sun visor 'curtains' for the second and third rows, rear tinted windows,
bi-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, Head-Up Display, automatic electric
parking brake with Hill Assist, cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking
sensors, leather-wrapped Sport steering wheel, auto headlights and wipers, large
self-charging boot torch, 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and aluminium
exterior trim. And not forgetting the seven seats.
Apart from the hi-fi, family members will be most interested in who sits where.
There's a lot of choice, and clearly a lot of thought has gone into maximising
the usability of the cabin space.
The middle and third rows of seats can be folded down one-handed (ideal for
busy Mrs Mummy) and easily returned to their original positions. The second
row features three individual seats of equal width that can be folded, reclined
and slid backwards or forwards 130mm so each family member can set their own
to the third row is via the second row's outer seats: just pull the release
on a middle-row window seat and, in one easy movement, the seat cushion lifts
and the seat back moves forward, opening up the maximum space for those wishing
to get into the car.
know of anybody
upgraded on a flight
but in a 5008
the driver will definitely
When not in use the rearmost pair can be 'disappeared' in a flash
one pull on a cord in the boot and they fold into the floor, leaving a totally
flat load bay. Another well-considered feature: with all seven seats occupied
the space where the third row seats lay when not in use can be used for additional
Those occupying the middle row will no doubt find a use for the sturdy pop-up
picnic tables attached to the front seatbacks. And to make them feel as important
as their big brother of sister in the front passenger seat, they too can select
the fan speed for their own dedicated air vents.
Aisle three's pair of individual seats are full size chairs but legroom is better
suited for younger family members grown-ups will be okay back
there, but on shorter journeys. However, they too get their own cupholders,
door pockets and armrests.
Middle row passengers can pass the time watching DVDs or playing games on the
7-inch colour screens (integrated into the backs of the front headrests) which
form part of the optional multimedia system. Specify this and you also get a
connection console to connect different types of mobile audio/video equipment
(video or games consoles, DVD player, etc) and two Bluetooth wireless headsets.
Minimising teen angst is the ability to connect two video sources simultaneously,
making each screen independent in terms of the image being shown, so individual
family members can choose to watch the same programme on both screens or each
engage in different activities.
The easy to operate, pull-up mesh blinds on the second and third row windows
keep out the sun, provide privacy for snoozing or better contrast for gaming
and watching DVDs.
don't know of anybody who's ever been upgraded on a flight but in a 5008 the
driver will definitely feel 'upgraded'. The smart fascia curves round and down
to the left of the driver, merging into the centre-stack and the raised housing
for the selector lever.
large windscreen, low window lines and raised driving position provide first
class visibility and the driver is further pampered with lumbar support, seat
height adjustment, an adjustable height seat belt and a pleasant-to-hold, sporty,
flat-bottomed leather wheel. As far as gear shifting goes, you can be conventional
and use the lever or avant garde and use the paddles.
you prefer to be in
control, then the
paddle-shifters are an
easy way to go;
will, I suspect, be more
than happy to let
the EGC take the strain and leave the lever
their changing for
At first glance the futuristic selector lever looks like something Captain Kirk
would feel at home with because it's like a selector lever but not as you know
it! Actually, it's all pretty straightforward and you get used to it in no time
the main difference to a regular auto 'box is that with the EGC
there's no Park position; just Neutral, Drive (Auto) and Reverse. As there's
no Park, the moment you turn off the ignition the EGC automatically reverts
to Neutral and applies the parking brake for you. Flick the selector sideways
and you can make manual sequential shifts. There's also a Sport setting and
it works just fine in both manual and automatic modes.
If you prefer to be in control, then the paddle-shifters are an easy way to
go; most drivers will, I suspect, be more than happy to let the 'box take the
strain and leave the lever in 'Auto' to do their changing for them. Whichever
way you like best, it will be stress-free and have the bonus of absolutely no
mpg penalty for going down the 'two-pedal' route.
The 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, common-rail turbodiesel engine generates 112bhp
and with 177lb ft of torque available from 1,750rpm (191lb ft in overboost during
hard acceleration) it's a strong and flexible performer. And like a good butler,
it performs its duties without disturbing its master. Cruising motorways, it's
not only refined but spirited enough to keep up there with the other guys. You
do, however, need to watch your speed as it seems happiest loping along
where legal at an unruffled 90mph.
Helping you keep on the right side of the law is Peugeot's brilliant Head-Up
Display inspired by fighter aircraft technology. This projects your current
road speed onto a small translucent screen which extends from the top of the
instrument panel so it's always in your eye-line and information (speed, cruise
control/speed limiter and distance alert) can be viewed without having to take
your eyes off the road.
The rich yellow figures are crystal clear even in bright sunshine. The biggest
shock you'll get once you start using the Head-Up Display is seeing your real
speed as opposed to how fast you think you're going. It's an indispensable safety
aid and should be standard in every car on the road.
can also activate the radar-based Distance Alert this projects
a 'reaction time' figure on to the head-up display which represents the time
in seconds between you and the vehicle ahead. By means of a toggle switches
located on the fascia panel, the reaction time can be set to between 0.9 and
2.5 seconds an audible alarm sounds if your 5008 gets too close
to the car in front.
cabin is very swish with elegant chrome and aluminium highlights and first rate
fit and finish throughout, quality cloth upholstery (leather is an option) with
flip-up inner armrests on both front seats. The nicely bolstered front seats
are also a great place to travel and proved supportive and relaxing on both
short and long journeys.
far as the ride goes,
the 5008 serves up
and pleasant ride,
smoothing out lumpy
remaining stately and
enjoyed by families...
Some of the 5008's many 'convenience' touches include an electronic parking
brake (operated by a small lever behind the gear selector and which automatically
applies/releases the brakes as you stop/move off), one-shot up/down on all four
windows, one-shot operation for the huge glass roof's sunblind, child locks
for the rear doors (operated from the driver's door) and automatic drive-off
There's also an abundance of oddments space for a family's 'stuff' including
very big door pockets, chilled 10.5-litre centre console bin and the easily
overlooked (if you don't read the manual you'd never know they're there) lidded
bins built into the middle row floor along with more storage under the front
seats. Spend just a few hours in the company of a 5008 and you'll understand
why so many families are smitten with them.
The final hurdle for pleasing both the driver and the family is the ride and
handling. Passengers want a smooth ride but a soft-riding vehicle often spells
'compromised' handling dynamics. As far as the ride goes, the 5008 serves up
a well-judged and pleasant ride, smoothing out lumpy blacktop while remaining
stately and predictable. So, enjoyed by families.
Thankfully that's not bad news for the driver because you can press on in a
5008: it drives well with good body composure and minimal body lean that, paired
with accurate steering, means corners can be taken neatly and briskly without
disconcerting the family and in a far more accomplished manner than you would
expect of a spacious people carrier. So, liked by drivers too.
Finally, true to its compact MPV billing, the 5008 is equally accommodating
when it comes to that prerequisite for all families luggage. With
five seats occupied, there's a practical 512 litres of stowage space; fold rows
two and three and you can carry up to 2,104 litres of cargo. And for long items,
the front passenger seat folds flat into a 'shelf' configuration for transporting
long objects of up to 2.76m. In many cars, taking out the luggage blind when
the seats are folded leaves you with the problem of where to store it. Not so
in the 5008 there's a space designed just for it behind the middle
All-in-all the versatile, sleek-looking and family-friendly 5008 does exactly
what Peugeot says it will do: pleases both the family and the driver.
Peugeot 5008 Exclusive EGC HDi 112 | £22,695
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 12.6 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 112bhp | Torque: 177-191lb ft | CO2 135g/km