Developed from the firm’s smaller 3008 SUV, the larger seven seater SUVs are available with Active, Allure, GT Line, GT Line Premium and GT specification levels depending on the engine chosen.
While Peugeot’s platform has simply been extended to offer more room and luggage space the powertrains are common.
To quickly recap on the powertrains. You have the award winning 1.2-litre 130hp PureTech turbo petrol unit with manual and auto transmission options, the 1.6-litre THP turbo petrol 165hp automatic plus turbo-diesels consisting of 1.6 BlueHDi 100hp manual, 1.6 120hp manual/auto, 2.0 150hp manual, 2.0 180hp auto and a new 1.5 BlueHDi 130hp manual unit with lower CO2 emissions from 106g/km is now joining the line-up.
We recently tested the 150 2.0 turbo diesel 5008 and it impressed us with its 50mpg-plus economy but sounded harsh at times and may cause concerns over emissions taxes. This time we went for the immensely popular and capable 131 bhp 1.2 triple-pot petrol, a mainstay of the PSA brand.
It’s a good choice because it’s perfectly capable of pulling the 1370kg 5008 Allure along and works seamlessly with the sophisticated six-speed automatic box so long as it’s not heavily loaded. Fuel consumption is modest when used by the driver or with a single passenger.
The low noise level only rises a bit as the engine is pressed to perform and more sound comes from the road and suspension most of the time. Wind noise is low.
The performance is good, easy flowing and with judicious use of the gearbox in manual mode it can be coaxed around traffic with little problem.
The powertrain’s refinement is a perfect match for the 5008 Allure, with its sophisticated secondary controls and displays infront of the driver and on the centre fascia. I am not a fan of the fussy info-display which requires a distracting amount of time to work your way through the menus if driving and need to change something.
It has a very good heating and ventilation system once you set it up and fills the big cabin with air at desired temperature and comes with powered windows as well for convenience.
Oddments space is very good, the boot loads just below waist-height and quickly expands with quick folding or removable seats.
The seats are very big and well padded and shaped for comfort, and will accommodate child-seats very easily. Access is good from the sides and through the back door, but the legroom is short in the rearmost pair of seats.
Ride comfort is smooth, most of the time, and there’s little pitching or rolling. It can easily cope with most potholes.
It’s not a high performance engine but the handling makes the most of what is there and its roadholding is good. The turning circle is not particularly tight but steering is fairly light in operation.
Visibility is good to front and sides but that high tail and roofline restrict what you can see over the shoulder and to the rear so the sensors really come into their own.
Just because you have a family car, the Peugeot 5008 proves you don’t have to cut corners on creature comforts and it’s highly specified with individual aids and packs. As a large seven-seater it is possibly the best value on the market, but if you don’t need the two back seats with their shorter legroom, then the smaller Peugeot 3008 might be a better buy.
|FAST FACTS||Peugeot 5008 Allure Auto PureTech 130s/s|
|Price: £28,220||Mechanical: 131bhp 3cyl 1199cc turbo-petrol, 6sp auto|
|Max Speed: 117 mph||0-62mph: 10.4 sec|
|Combined MPG: 37.6||Insurance Group: 11E|
|C02 emissions: 120g/km||Bik rating: 25%. £160FY, £140SR|
|Warranty: 3yrs/ unlimited miles||Sizes: L4.65m, W1.85m, H1.64m|
|Bootspace: 780 to 2,150-litres||Kerb: 1370kg|
|For: Roomy and very practical, good looking inside and out, well equipped, extremely comfortable, good ride and seats
Against: Modest power under load, fussy touchscreen, some engine noise at high revs., poor rear visibility.