5008 Exclusive 1.6 HDi (110bhp) EGC
got a family and need lots
of comfortable space for five, or
even seven, then what you need is
a Peugeot 5008. With prices ranging
from £17,495 up to £24,295, theres
a model to suit every family budget...
THE MOST POPULAR VERSIONS are the 1.6 HDi 110bhp diesels tested
here in £22,595 top-spec Elegance trim and fitted with Peugeot's EGC
(Electronic Gearbox Control) automatic transmission which, when it comes to
economy, is neck-and-neck with the same model fitted with a six-speed manual
'box. Officially, the auto's combined fuel consumption figure
is 55.4mpg; the manual manages 53.3mpg. In performance terms there's
not much between them either: the auto is faster to 62mph (12.6 seconds) but,
at 112mph, slightly down on top speed; the manual takes 12.9 seconds to get
to 62mph but runs to 118mph. Swings and roundabouts.
Traditionally, MPVs are heavy on the 'function' and light on the 'looks'. The
5008's designers have balanced the equation and Peugeot's MPV is as smart as
it is sensible. Fronting its elegant new styling is a smooth new nose, along
with shapely flanks that make the 5008 a very smart looking vehicle in spite
of family-friendly dimensions of 4.5 metres long, 2.1m (mirror-to-mirror) wide
and 1.6m high.
Entry and exit to the classy, well-packaged and airy cabin, both front and rear,
is easy. Once inside, the new style continues. For the driver, the large front
windscreen, low window lines and raised driving position provide excellent visibility.
The dash holds an attractive set of instruments and sweeps round and down to
the left of the driver, merging seamlessly into the centre-stack and the raised
Tasteful chrome and aluminium highlights add to the upmarket feel. Controls
are ergonomically positioned and there's a Head-Up Display providing key driving
information: road speed, distance alert time, speed limiter or cruise control
status. The rich yellow figures large, sharp and easy to read day and
night and even in the brightest sunshine are projected onto a small clear
screen above the instrument panel. From the driving seat it appears as if the
data is actually on the lower windscreen and because it keeps the information
within the driver's field of vision it means eyes can be kept on the road.
a brilliant system and contributes to real peace of mind when you're driving.
There's generous headroom between front seat occupants and the massive panoramic
glass roof and the accommodating front seats, upholstered in a smart two-tone
cloth, are made more comfortable by drop-down inner arm rests (along with useably-wide
outer armrests on the doors) and add to the well-packaged ambience the
5008's cabin really is a pleasant place to spend time.
nice touches include the electronic parking brake (operated by a small lever
behind the gear selector and which automatically turns on and off as you stop
and move off), one-shot up/down on all four windows, one-shot opening/closing
for the huge glass roof's powered sunblind, child locks for the rear doors than
can be operated from the driver's door panel, automatic drive-away central locking,
rear parking sensors and Distance Alert a radar system that constantly
monitors the distance between you and the vehicle in front. Stray too close
and an audible alarm warns you.
and out, the 5008
is smarter than the
average MPV. Its also
nicely refined, feels
stable at motorway
speeds and is relaxing
on long journeys...
The 'reaction time' figure shown in the head-up display is in seconds and represents
the time it would take to safely respond if the vehicle in front suddenly slowed,
etc. The 5008 driver can set this to maintain a reaction time of between 0.9
and 2.5 seconds for a 'wake up' call if he or she strays too close to the car
Kit is comprehensive and the top-of-the-range Elegance trim includes a five-star
EuroNCAP safety rating, ESP electronic stability program, seven seats, six airbags
(two front, two front-side and two side curtain for front and middle row), electric
front and rear windows and power-fold door mirrors, multi-speaker sound system,
automatic electronic parking brake with Hill Assist, 17-inch alloy wheels with
energy-saver tyres, self-dimming rear view mirror and aluminium exterior trim.
In addition you also get cruise control with speed limiter, large self-charging
boot torch, extra storage compartments, front fog lights, Cielo Panoramic glass
roof, auto headlights/wipers, Head-Up Display, Distance Alert, leather-wrapped
Sport steering wheel, rear parking sensors, mesh sun visor curtains for the
second and third rows, 2-zone climate control, USB and Bluetooth hands-free
kit and tyre pressure monitoring system.
The easy and satisfying to drive 5008 comes with a pleasant ride that smoothes
out lumpy roads while remaining comfortable, stable and predictable. That's
not to say you can't press on because, helped by the decent body composure and
accurate steering, you can. A stiffer suspension layout than on some of its
rivals means minimal body lean; corners are taken tidily without unsettling
your passengers not what you'd normally expect from a people carrier!
And thanks to the decent all-round visibility it's also easy to park.
heart of any MPV has to be its seating configurations in short, it's
got to be a fully-fettled family holdall with a place for everything and everything
in its place. That's quite a tall order but the 5008 comes up trumps.
need the rearmost
two seats? Easy one
quick tug on a cord,
easily accessed from the
boot, and they fold away
into the floor...
second and third rows of seats fold down one-handed and, equally important,
can be returned to their normal positions very easily. All three individual
seats in the second row can be folded, reclined and moved backwards or forwards
over quite a distance as single chairs so everyone can set their own most comfortable
legroom. The second row outer seats allow easy access to the third row: simply
pull the release on a second-row window seat and the chair slides forward before
folding itself up out of the way.
Don't need the rearmost two seats? Easy one quick tug on a cord, easily
accessed from the boot, and they fold away into the floor as self-contained
units to leave a flat load surface. And if you're using all seven seats then
you can use the underfloor bays used for storing the third row seats for additional
While middle row travellers can make use of the sturdy pop-up picnic tables
on the backs of the front seatbacks as well as select the fan speed for their
own dedicated air vents, seats six and seven get built-in cupholders, door pockets
and armrests as well as comfortable backrest recline angles. However, legroom
is better suited to younger passengers or for shorter trips for grown-ups. Second
row passengers there's room for three can pass the time watching
DVDs or playing games on the 7-inch colour screens that are part of the on-board
multimedia system integrated into the back of the front headrests. Also welcome
are the mesh pull-out sun blinds for the second and third row windows.
We've already mentioned the 1.6-litre engine's paper performance but that doesn't
tell you much about 'how it goes'. And with up to seven bodies aboard, 'go'
it must. In fact, with 192lb ft of torque on tap from 1,750rpm, the 1,560cc
turbodiesel does a great job. Not only is it quiet and refined (bowling along
the motorway you can hardly hear it), but it runs smoothly and is hearty enough
to keep the 5008 up there with the other traffic. In fact it feels surprisingly
quick and will lope along European motorways at an unruffled 90mph. Our week's
test average worked out to a very liveable 45.7mpg and given that we
don't drive to save fuel (in your best interests, you understand), that's an
a great deal to say about the EGC (electronically-operated manual gearbox) other
than that it worked fine on our test car. The only thing you do need to get
used to is that there's no 'Park' position; just Reverse, Neutral and Auto with
sequential manual selection off to the left. When you switch off the ignition
the EGC puts itself into neutral and applies the handbrake for you. All very
Star Trek-ish. With EGC you can drive the 5008 in either manual or automatic
modes a 'go faster' Sport option works in both settings. Control is by
either steering column-mounted paddle-shifters or the more conventional selector
lever on the raised centre stack.
shifters is an easy way
if you want full
control of the gears...
the paddle-shifters is an easy way to drive if you want full control of the
gears; or just leave it in auto to do the changing for you. Whichever method
you use, it gels nicely with the relaxed character that marks out the 5008 from
other MPVs. And, as we mentioned earlier, there's absolutely no fuel penalty
for going 'auto' with this set-up as it happens, you come out ahead of
the six-speed manual for both acceleration and average consumption.
MPVs are also expected to excel at versatile load carrying. Here too the 5008
scores well. With five seats in use, the boot space is 512 litres; with the
second and third rows folded there's 1,604 litres. Second, the front passenger
seat folds flat so as to accommodate long objects that can reach as far as the
fascia. Even better, the roller luggage blind fits neatly out of the way behind
the middle row when not required. And when you're loading the 5008 over its
conveniently low sill, the large tailgate protects you from the elements.
And as for oddments space, there's ample cubbyholes throughout the cabin to
lose a family's clutter including especially large door pockets, a storage area
below the steering wheel, a 'secret' drawer under the driver's seat, a huge
10.5-litre chilled centre console cubby and lidded storage bins in the second
Inside and out, the 5008 is smarter than the average MPV. It's also nicely refined,
feels stable at motorway speeds and is relaxing on long journeys. And for families,
its mix of practicality, versatility, comfort and five-star safety makes it
a 'smart' buy. MotorBar
Peugeot 5008 Exclusive 1.6 HDi (110bhp) EGC | £22,595
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 12.6 seconds | Overall test MPG: 45.7mpg
Power: 110bhp | Torque: 192lb ft | CO2 135g/km