Gareth Butterfield tries out Peugeot’s new crossover SUV, the Peugeot 5008
PEUGEOT has a habit of doing things a bit differently. It uses tiny steering wheels for no obvious reasons and it prides itself on the quality fit and finish of its current model line-up.
Its family-focused MPV, the 5008, has been part of the line-up for quite a while but this is the new version – and it’s a bit different.
In fact, it’s very different, because it’s now a crossover-SUV. Apparently MPVs are no longer flavour of the month , whereas SUVs sell in droves.
So, cleverly, Peugeot has transformed its biggest car and created a rather ungainly and awkward-looking car that they say is perfect for big families.
If you think it looks quite similar to the Peugeot 3008 then you’re right. It is. That’s because, from the rear doors forwards, it’s effectively the same car.
What you get for the extra cost of the larger newcomer is a bit more space in the rear and two extra seats.
For some people that won’t be enough of an incentive to choose the 5008 over the thoroughly decent 3008 but for others it’ll be a perfect addition.
Inside, the 5008 is huge. Peugeot has put a lot of thought into the practicality of the new 5008 and this is very apparent in the design of the pop-up rear seats, the moveable individual middle seats and the acres of space for adults in the back – even in the two fold-away seats.
With those tucked back in the boot floor there’s acres of luggage space, and neat storage solutions spring up everywhere – from the holder for the luggage cover, to the cubbies in the footwells. The design of this car is excellent.
That’s true of the driver’s space too. The tiny steering wheel feels at odds with the plush cabin.
In my high-spec GT-Line version the amount of technology bundled in was impressive. The instruments are replaced with a completely configurable 12.3″ LED screen and there’s another 8″ screen for the infotainment system in the dash.
The whole setup, along with interior lighting and even interior fragrance, can be adapted to suit your mood, through Peugeot’s clever i-Cockpit system. If you’re feeling a bit lazy and want to chill out, you can set this to “relax” and it all goes a bit mellow.
If you’d like a pick-me-up, or you’re feeling a bit racy, you can set it to “boost”. And things get a bit more bright and breezy.
My test car also had the driver massage function, a £1,990 option, and the severity of your pummelling could also be tuned into the mood-lifting system.
So it’s all very clever inside. But, annoyingly, there’s no all-wheel-drive option and it’s not exactly a fun thing to drive.
It’s quite keenly priced though. At just over £25,000 for the base-model it neatly undercuts the Skoda Kodiak, possibly its closest rival and fuel economy from my two-litre diesel engine was seriously impressive.
The engine range is fairly straight-forward, with a 1.2-litre or 1.6-litre petrol offering, and then a 1.6-litre or two-litre diesel. The diesels arguably make most sense in this car, but the petrol units promise some decent economy figures.
Cards on the table, it’s hard to find anything to seriously dislike about the 5008.
Its looks will divide opinion I’m sure, and I think that’s being kind, and its road manners won’t exactly ignite the senses.
But for anyone wanting a practical, versatile and clever family car without paying through the nose, it’s well worth a look.