All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV 2017

Keep it cost-effective with this 5008!

I’ve got a confession to make. I own an old 5008 – and I hated it when we first bought it. I say ‘we’, because my wife decided that was the car we should have when our third child came along.
That was three years ago and, despite me being totally against the idea of accepting middle-age and dull family people-carriers, I went with the decision. In all fairness, it’s been a good result, because the old 5008 has transported my offspring very happily since 2013, albeit not in style.
This is where the all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV is very different. It’s a good-looking car that doesn’t reek of middle-age blandness. It’s almost sexy. And, yes, I’d be happier to have this one sat on my drive than the one we still own.
The launch of the new 5008 SUV revealed a car that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but one that is 190mm lengthier than its sister, the five-seater 3008, and 110mm broader than the exiting version of the 5008.
The all-new Peugeot 5008 comes with five trim grades. They are: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. Powerplant choices are 130ps and 165ps petrol engines or 100, 120, 150 and 180ps diesels. There’s a selection of transmissions, ranging from six and eight-speed auto boxes to a six-speed manual.
The all-new 5008 SUV’s seven-seater cabin is adaptable, with a third tier of chairs that fold flush into the boot floor. What’s more, the seats can be detached completely to boost standard luggage room from 720 litres to a whopping 1060 litres.
On all 2017 5008s, a state-of-the-art, 12.3-inch i-Cockpit digital display has been fitted, as well as an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is attached to the top middle of the dashboard.
Due to the flexibility of its cabin, the all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV enables you to be able to transport more members of your family about. The second row of chairs is better than many rivals’ because they are individual and move back and forth and tilt back, too. The two seats that make up the third tier are also separate and can be drawn up from the load floor in a single ‘pulling’ action.
You are not left wanting when it comes to compartments to store stuff, either. The all-new 5008 boasts two lidded underfloor storage areas behind the front seats. And in the back of the driver’s and passenger’s chairs, there are two fold-away tables. These are handy for picnicking or for when the kids fancy doing a bit of colouring-in.
But the car isn’t just a practical people mover; the 5008 possesses some serious style inside, too. Satin chrome trims and textured areas on the dash and doors are fitted, and the GT Line raises the game with faux-quilted hide covered seats. Step up to the Allure and you get semi-imitation leather and then you get proper hardcore rawhide in the GT.

The 1.2-litre petrol unit we drove is unexpectedly powerful and it makes light work of overtaking, whichever kind of road you’re on. Motorways are where it feels most at home, though, staying planted, comfortable and hushed at 70mph.
The driving position is excellent, now that the i-Cockpit is fitted. The instruments and dials can be seen easily above the tiny, sporty steering wheel, and the high-mounted touchscreen is straightforward to use.
The only fly in the ointment is the all-new 5008 SUV’s six-speed manual transmission. It shifts in a rather arthritic way, especially when engaging first gear. The auto ‘boxes are smoother and they shift up and down the cogs quickly and precisely.
The French motor’s steering is a little too light, but thanks to excellent body stability, the drive always inspires confidence. The 5008 SUV Allure 1.2L Puretech 130 S&S is predicted to be the most popular model at £26,295. The base level is the Active 1.2L Puretech 130 S&S, priced at £24,495 and the flagship GT BlueHDi EAT8 180 S&S will set you back £35,895.
The French automaker has finally realised that looks mean a lot to people like me. Dads still want thrills – and if you have no choice but to own a family wagon, then this is one you should consider. The Ford S-MAX is even sexier, mind. But only just.
Pros ‘n’ Cons
  • Attractive √
  • Cost-effective √
  • Comfortable √
  • Kit √
  • Manual Gearbox X
Fast Facts (5008 GT Line 1.2 PureTech 130 S&S as tested)
  • Max speed: 118 mph
  • 0-62 mph: 10.9 secs
  • Combined mpg: 55.4
  • Engine layout: 1199cc three-cylinder petrol turbo
  • Max. power (PS): 130
  • CO2: 117 g/km          
  • Price: £28,195
Written by motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay.
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