Peugeot’s Family-Friendly 5008 Put To The Test
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
My two children have now fled the nest, but the memories of family duties linger. There always seemed to be a horde of friends to transport somewhere; a birthday party, a football match or a day trip to the seaside.
We soon realised that a seven-seat car was the way forward and whilst the multitude of different models we owned did the job, it is probably fair to say that they were not very exciting to drive.
On test here is the second generation of Peugeot’s family-friendly 5008. One of the better looking mid-size SUVs currently on sale, the 4.64 metre body hides a spacious interior.
Flexibility is key and all 5008 models boast three matching, separate, folding seats in the second row. Each has an Isofix mounting point to attach a child’s car seat. The seats can also be reclined and for optimum comfort, tray tables and window blinds are fitted as standard from Allure trim level upwards.
Row three boasts two individual seats which can be easily folded away when not required. Weighing just 11kg each, they can be removed, freeing up an additional 108 litres of storage beneath the boot floor.
Adults will find the rearmost perches a tight fit, but children will love the space and will have the agility needed to clamber in.
Up front, the seats proved to be most comfortable, my GT Line test car being equipped with electric adjustment, three-stage heating and massage function. The Nappa leather covering felt sumptuous and its wipe clean properties should prove ideal for family duties.
The 5008 is fitted with Peugeot’s newest version of its i-Cockpit instruments. If you’ve not experienced it, expect to find a compact steering wheel and a very large configurable head-up instrument panel. It is easy enough to get on with, though taller drivers will likely find some of the display blocked by the top of the steering wheel.
An opening panoramic opening glass roof is an option (£870) and whilst it bathes the cabin in natural light, it does eat into the available headroom.
Two petrol and three diesel engines are available in the 5008. With the smallest 1,199cc three cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet of the test car, I did not have high hopes of getting anywhere quickly.
I need not have worried, as the perky 131bhp motor proved to be a willing and able means of propulsion. The 0-62mph of 10.9 seconds probably does not show the engine in the best light but in real world driving the 5008 rarely felt underpowered. I should mention the car was only driven with one passenger on board and those who travel everywhere fully loaded may well fare better with diesel power.
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Aiding progress is a light clutch and smooth six-speed manual gearbox. Automatic gearboxes are available and should suit the 5008’s role rather well.
Although not fitted, Peugeot is offering its ‘Advanced Grip Control’ system on the 5008. It is designed to optimise traction in low grip conditions by acting on the front wheels. I’ve tried it in other Peugeot models and it works well and saves a lot of weight associated with a full all-wheel drive system. Rural motorists would be well advised to tick that box (£260 to £770, model dependent).
On my usual challenging test route, the 5008 was more fun to pilot that many of its predecessors. Safe and predictable at all times and with a reasonably cosseting ride even on the very worst pockmarked roads.
All 5008 models are well equipped so expect to find dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels and DAB radio fitted even in range-opening Allure spec. GT Line aims to combine sports styling with a high specification and mostly succeeds!
The 5008 is a well rounded car that should prove ideal for growing families. It faces stiff competition from the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and the new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace but is well equipped to do battle.
Take one for a drive and if you’re smitten, I’d suggest a mid spec ‘Allure’ model with a petrol engine and ‘Advanced Grip Control’. You’ll be thankful for the latter when it snows or when you park in a muddy field.
Fast Facts (as tested)
Peugeot 5008 GT Line PureTech 130
1199cc 3-cylinder petrol engine (131 bhp)
6-speed manual gearbox
0-62mph in 10.9 seconds
Combined economy 55.4mpg
Emissions – 117g/km CO2
Insurance Group 12E
Towing capacity 1200kg (braked)
Metallic Cumulus Grey paint - £525
Focal HiFi System - £590
Panoramic Opening Glass Roof - £870
Leather Seats - £1,990 (heated up front)
Visio Pack 2 - £450
Peugeot’s Family-Friendly 5008 Put To The Test, 10th February 2018, 12:03 PM