8.5.2018Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech review
Peugeot is on quite a roll with its SUVs at the moment. The 2008 good things off to a good start by offering buyers a stylish and practical compact crossover, while the 3008 built upon those foundations by becoming one of the best family-sized SUVs on the market. Now the 5008 has come along, which as the name might give away, is larger still than the previous two SUV models. This is Peugeotâ€™s large family offering, offering a seven-seat alternative to an MPV, but with all the practicality you would expect from such a model.
Review by Chris Lilly
Picked to test here is a 5008 fitted with a 1.2 litre PureTech petrol engine. A few years ago, the prospect of a compact petrol unit powering a car the size of the 5008 along would have seemed preposterous. However, developments in petrol engine technology mean that itâ€™s a perfectly sensible proposition. Providing 130 hp through a six-speed automatic gearbox, the 5008 1.2 PureTech also produces 230 Nm of torque, which comes in handy when getting the Peugeot shifting. Itâ€™s not got the low-down grunt of a diesel, but with a combination of improved petrol options and the decline of consumer confidence in diesel, the PureTech engine is a good one - certainly for those that donâ€™t rack up the miles each day. A 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds isnâ€™t going to set the world alight, but itâ€™s far from shabby for this type of car either. The EAT6 gearbox is a decent one too, perhaps having to work with less power than would be ideal for a car the size of the 5008, but it only gives a hint of working hard when fully laden. For the majority of the time, the 5008 will likely be running to the school/shops/town (delete as appropriate) on the regular trips carried out by families, and here the 1.2 petrol will be more than up to the task. In fact, even when filled with people and/or equipment, the petrol 5008 pulls well enough, though those looking to regularly load up their 5008, or cover long distances daily, may be better off with the larger 1.6 petrol, or one of the diesels.
Peugeot is recapturing its reputation as the wizards of suspension set-up. The 5008 manages to combine comfort and handling ability in a fine balance that will appeal to a great many drivers. The 5008 is fundamentally a comfortable car to drive, with the springs and dampers able to iron out all but the biggest lumps and bumps in the roadâ€™s surface. There isnâ€™t a lack of body control though that a tall and comfortable car can often throw up, with the 5008 keeping everything in check - even when being driven with gusto. There is a little body roll or pitch under braking, but it is largely a well set up car, and one that handles tidily. This is of particular benefit in built up areas, with the Peugeot able to disguise much of its size when piloted around tight corners. The steering is sharp for a model focused on practicality, helped by the small steering wheel - part of Peugeotâ€™s i-Cockpit, and something that I really like. Itâ€™s not as good on long drives as a larger wheel, but for putting the 5008 through a series of bends or getting it around a multi-storey car park, the compact steering wheel is a real bonus.
Peugeotâ€™s design language at the moment is not the smoothest or most restrained. Personally I like the styling element, but admit that they will not be to everyoneâ€™s tastes. As such, the 5008 looks like a larger, more grown up 3008 - which hits a sweet spot in the companyâ€™s styling I reckon. The busy design canâ€™t quite hide the 5008â€™s bulk towards the rear, but itâ€™s a good overall effort, and an interesting car to look at. The design doesnâ€™t restrict interior practicality either, with the cabin simply cavernous. Five adults can fit in the front two rows with ease, and two children can use the rearmost pair of seats in the boot when required. Thereâ€™s still a decent amount of boot space when these are pulled up from the floor - enough for a few overnight bags, a small supermarket shop, or a few school bags anyway. With the third row folded away though, boot space is huge, and will deal with a family camping holidayâ€™s worth of kit with ease. Further forward, head room is excellent throughout, and leg space is good for those in the middle row too. Shoulder room will only start to get squashed with three broad-shouldered adults in the rear, and those up front will have ample room for a comfortable trip, even over long distances. As a family car, it more than meets its brief, and has a number of storage solutions to make life that little bit more practical and easier too.
COMFORT & CONTROLS
As mentioned, the 5008 has Peugeotâ€™s i-Cockpit interior, which is a glorified title for a highly designed dashboard. Itâ€™s an excellent one though, with a digital instrument screen that can be customised with different information displayed, and in a variety of different colours or set-ups too. Then there is the central infotainment screen, which is a reasonable size, and easy enough to use on the move. There are a range of short cuts and controls on the edge of a cut along the dashboard too, with the toggle switches - and everyone loves a toggle switch - falling easily to hand. The rest of the i-Cockpitâ€™s features sit on the high transmission tunnel, and the whole feel is of a well thought out dashboard with one of the most interesting designs on the market. Itâ€™s not style for styleâ€™s sake though, but elements like chrome highlights or cloth trim make the cabin one that will keep both adults and kids happy. Seats are supportive too, even over long distances, and the driving position can be made just so for those behind the wheel too. I particularly appreciate the small steering wheel design since, being long of body but short of leg, I often have to chop the top of my view of a carâ€™s instruments with the top of the steering wheel in many cars. With the Peugeotâ€™s set up though, the instruments sit above the line of sight for the wheel. Itâ€™s a novel approach, and one that will take a short while for drivers to get used to, but itâ€™s a good approach to design - and not just for those that have an odd driving position like me.
MPG & RUNNING COSTS
Despite this version of the 5008 being fitted with a compact petrol engine, the Peugeot still returns 54.3 MPG according to official figures, and emits 120 g/km CO2 - both very respectable scores for a large family car. What many will suspect is that the official figures will be miles away from what is actually achievable considering the size of the car compared to the size of the engine. However, during my time with the 5008, I averaged 52.2 MPG with some sensible driving. Even with a heavier right foot, that only dropped to 48.2 MPG, which are excellent scores considering there is usually a far larger gap between official figures and what is found by drivers. The car was rarely carrying a full quota of passengers or a well loaded boot, so I suspect that those with large families would be better off with a more powerful engine if prioritising fuel economy. However, the 1.2 litre petrol proves remarkably frugal for use by a young family.
The Peugeot 5008 is built on the PSA Groupâ€™s EMP2 lightweight platform, which helps keep the car as light as possible. The range of BlueHDI and PureTech engines available are some of the most efficient around too, regularly winning awards. Auto Stop/Start is fitted as standard, and Peugeot publishes real-world efficiency results - gained from customer feedback and Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS), all independently audited - so buyers can find out how well their new model is likely to get on in day-to-day use. According to our calculations, the model tested has a Next Green Car Rating of 42.
The 5008 is kitted out how you would wish a practical family model to be - that is to say well. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloys, a 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB, Bluetooth, USB, and Smartphone connectivity, the i-Cockpit digital dash and set-up, seven seats, multi-function steering wheel, rear parking sensors, and climate control. Above entry-level Active trim, Allure adds 18-inch alloys, parking sensors front and rear, Safety Plus pack, foldable front seat with picnic table, Connected 3D navigation with TomTom live traffic updates, tray tables on the front seat backs, window blinds on the second row, and colour reversing camera. Itâ€™s the trim tested, and represents excellent value for money. Further up the trim ladder into GT Line, GT Line Premium, and GT add features such as sportier styling, self-levelling headlights, i-Cockpit Amplify with two ambiences, wireless phone charging, full LED headlights, keyless entry and start, smart electric tailgate, 19-inch alloys, 360-degree parking camera, Alcantara trim, Focal HiFi stereo, and adaptive cruise control.
Although not completely expired, the MPV market is no where near as relevant as it was a few years ago. Once the go-to car for those prioritising practicality, the shift of customers to crossovers has seen manufacturers follow suit. As such, there are now a number of crossover-MPVs, of which the 5008 is one. Up against the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq, there is some tough competition for the Peugeot to go up against, but the 5008 more than holds its own in a market where buyers are extremely demanding. Practicality and running costs are paramount for most buyers looking at this type of large MPV, and the 5008 scores highly in both regards. Add in the excellent interior, striking styling, and decent performance on offer, and the Peugeot 5008 is one of the best cars in its class.
Model tested: Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 EAT6 Allure
Body-style: Large SUV
Engine / CO2: 1.2 litre petrol / 120 g/km
Trim grades: Active, Allure, GT Line, GT Line Premium, GT
On-road price: From £25,630. Price as tested £28,780
Warranty: Three years / 60,000 miles
In the showroom: Now
Review rating: 4.0 Stars