The Peugeot 5008 has always been a very popular seven seater in Ireland for its spacious cabin and flexible seating. Bearing in mind changing consumer preferences and increased demand for SUVs, Peugeot has revolutionised their MPV line-up in the last year or so and the Peugeot 5008 has evolved from MPV to SUV.
The Peugeot 5008 sits above the 3008 with similar SUV styling, more space and an extra two seats, but retaining a wonderful car-like character behind the wheel.
The interior of the new Peugeot 5008 is also unrecognisable from the previous generation. Peugeot has been pioneering something called the ‘i-Cockpit’ since the launch of the 208 supermini in 2012. In the Peugeot 5008 (and 3008) it’s the best yet, with a digital instrument panel sitting above a compact steering wheel and a centre console that appears to wrap around the driver. An 8” touchscreen sits on top of the dash and there are a number of stylish piano key buttons below that allow you to access key functions quickly.
The Peugeot 5008 range starts from €29,345. Granted my test car was a pricier GT Line model (from €36,575) with some very plush cabin materials, but there is no getting away from the fact that there is real innovation and ambition to be found in the cabin.
Storage around the car is very generous and the footwells in the back are very large. There are three individual seats in row 2 with ISOFIX and the seats can move forward and back individually of each other to make more space for those in row 3. There are two individual seats in row 3 and though accommodation is less generous, it comes with the territory in a seven seat SUV. When not in use, the two seats can be folded neatly into the floor or removed completely revealing a very large boot.
My test car was powered by the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel with 120hp, which proved to be very economical while offering adequate performance. For more punch there is also the 2.0-litre diesel with 150hp, while a 1.2-litre petrol with 130hp may suit many drivers too.
The 5008 sits a bit higher off the ground than your average hatchback but behind the wheel it’s very car-like and easy to manoeuvre. The steering is light for around town and parking, while out of town it holds the road very well too. The 5008 is comfortable and refined, and while to call it nifty might be a stretch too far, it’s surprisingly nice to drive. My test car had a 6-speed manual but because the 1.6-litre is not a huge diesel there were quite a few gear changes required to keep it in its sweet spot so an automatic would add even more ease of use in daily life.
There is a choice of five trim levels for 5008 in Ireland – Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. Standard equipment includes the digital instrument panel, 8” touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, cruise control with speed limiter, speed limit information with intelligent speed adaptation, driver attention alert and lane departure warning, 17” steel wheels, four electric windows, electric and heated door mirrors with LED side indicators, and air-conditioning.
My GT Line car had updated styling and equipment included 18” alloys, full LED headlamps, LED fog lamps with cornering function, panoramic opening sunroof with electric blind and blue ambient lighting, keyless entry and push button start, Park Assist with front and rear camera and 360 degree vision (Visiopark 3) and a Smartphone charging plate.
The Peugeot 5008 will grab attention from traditional MPVs like the Renault Grand Scenic and Ford S-Max because it is very stylish. But beyond style, the new Peugeot 5008 is a practical, spacious family car that will surely be embraced by Irish families as well as the previous generation.
Model tested: Peugeot 5008 GT Line 1.6 BlueHDi
Price: €38,275 (Range starts at €29,345)
Engine: 1.6-litre turbo diesel
0-100km/h: 11.4 seconds
Top speed: 188km/h
Claimed Economy: 4.2l/100km
CO2 emissions: 108g/km
Motor tax: €190 per year
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