Peugeot 5008

Since 1975 Peugeot and Citroen have been part of the same company, PSA Peugeot Citroen, while both keep separate identities they share engineering and technical resources. The Peugeot 5008 is a perfect example of this ‘sharing’ as it is built on same platform as the very successful Citroen C4 Picasso only it looks a little more modern from the outside and more traditional on the inside. The Peugeot 5008 is a Compact MPV that has three individual seats in the middle row (all with isofix) and two ‘part time’ seats in the third row that fold flat leaving a larger than expected boot. The 5008 has received a facelift for 2014 with a new grill and external chrome detailing.

 

The 5008 feels more like a car to drive than an MPV which in this age of mighty urban crossovers is refreshing, the driving position is excellent and all round visibility very good indeed, all controls are to hand, the 5008 has a vastly more traditional layout than it’s sister Citroen, the dials are a particular highpoint, big and clear with a nice stainless steel look although the centre console should have been passed to the same designer as it is a little function over design. The Peugeot 5008 is fitted with an electronic handbrake which is a delight once you become used to it, remember to put your seatbelt on otherwise it will not automatically disengage prior to pulling away, a trick that took us a few trips to master.

 

Peugeot 5008 motability car insideThe 5008 is available in three comfort levels, Access, Active and Allure, the pick for value being the Active which has as standard 17″ alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, leather steering wheel, cruise control, manual air conditioning, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, USB and Bluetooth connections and front fog lights. The range topping allure adds 18″ alloys, a lovely glass panoramic roof, digital air conditioning, rear tinted windows and a heads up display which projects information onto a small screen such as your speed, cruise control settings and quite ingeniously your distance from the car in-front.

 

Peugeot 5008 motability car seats flatThe engine choice is between a 1.6 litre 120bhp diesel or a 2.0 litre 150bhp unit. The smaller engine is available as a six speed manual or a new full automatic that is surprisingly sprightly around town, we did feel there was a bit of a lag in power with the air conditioning on full volume, but the 5008 was an absolute gem on the motorway, you really can eat up the miles in comfort and the 5008 is very quiet at speed too. The engine returns 65.7 miles per gallon officially and makes its way to 62 miles per hour in a leisurely 13.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 114 miles per hour. The 2.0 litre 150 performs better reaching 62mph in 11.2 seconds and returning 68.9 mpg.

The Peugeot 5008 scooped What Car MPV of the year in 2010 and you can see why, it is good to look at, it drives very well and has excellent engines, from our point of view we wish it was a just a little larger and that the dashboard was nicer to look at.

New 5008 being released November 2017, the prices for an outgoing are madness.

Summer Best Buy – Peugeot 5008 Allure 1.6 120bhp Diesel Manual   –  £1999 Advance Payment (£945 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Peugeot 5008 Allure 1.6 120bhp Diesel Full EAT6 Automatic  –  £2749 Advance Payment (£1695 wpms)