Peugeot’s 5008 compact MPV is a car for the real world. YourCar takes a look at the updated model
The Peugeot 5008 is a top drawer compact MPV that’s been recently improved with more equipment and sleeker styling.
Curiously ignored by the British public, this is one people mover that deserves a fairer crack of the whip
The engine line-up consists of three powerplants.
The entry-level 1.2-litre 130bhp petrol unit has only three cylinders, which doesn’t sound much for a big seven-seat people carrier.
As it turns out, the 169lb/ft of torque on offer is enough to punt this Peugeot along quite nicely, 62mph from rest taking 12.3 seconds.
Most 5008 buyers though, will want one of the two BlueHDi diesels. The 1.6-litre BlueHDi unit has 120bhp and is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or the six-speed robotised automatic. The manual model makes 62mph from rest in 13.7 seconds.
The 5008’s face has changed in recent years – and changed for the better. The old ‘letterbox’ front grille has been replaced by the floating-effect item that’s already proved such a hit with buyers choosing the Peugeot 208 and 2008.
It’s flanked by revised headlights with an LED signatures built into the lower portion.
Prices start at around £22,000 for the 1.2-litre petrol model – or around £23,000 for the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel. That’s pretty much par for the course in this segment. You’ll need a budget starting at around £24,500 if you want a 5008 with 2.0-litre BlueHDi 150 diesel power.
Equipment levels were always a 5008 strong point and the latest car packs even more kit inside.
Without taking your eyes off the road, a single glance at the head-up display is all it takes to know the speed of the vehicle and the distance from the vehicle in front, thanks to the Distance Alert.
The angle and brightness of the display are controlled by means of switches arranged within easy reach on the centre console.
Close-by, on the dashboard, the screen for the audio-navigation and the trip computer is retractable.
The front and rear parking assist systems can be supplemented by a reversing camera. Installed on the tailgate, its image is reproduced on the dashboard screen and indicates the outline of the vehicle in its surroundings using coloured markings.
The available space measurement system informs the driver when the size of a parking space is suitable.
From a safety perspective, the 5008 makes sense with plenty of airbags, ESP and ABS standard throughout the range.
Much of the 5008’s underpinnings are shared with the popular Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, a car that’s renowned for low running costs: this Peugeot follows suit.
The entry-level 1.6 BlueHDi diesel in manual guise gets 65.7 miles to the gallon on the combined cycle and emits just 113g/km of CO2
Go for the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel and this variant is good for 68.9mpg with 108g/km of CO2
Go for the 1.2-litre three cylinder PureTech petrol version and the figures are 52.3mpg and 124g/km of CO2
Residual values? Well, they’ll probably be slightly above those of Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen and a little below those of Toyota and Volkswagen. That’ll probably translate into a residual value of around 40% after three years.
The Peugeot 5008 needs a bit of a push. Spend the week with one and you’ll wonder why you don’t see more of them. It drives well, it’s eminently practical, the pricing is good, efficiency and safety are excellent and it now even looks the part.
A bit of promo and this car deserves to be doing as well as its Citroen cousin, the Grand C4 Picasso.
Peugeot’s problem is that it only has a finite budget for this sort of thing and the priorities are the big hitters like the 208 and the 308, so we’re guessing that the 5008 will continue to be labelled an underachiever.
There’s an honesty and integrity about the 5008 that appeals. It isn’t trying to be some sort of lifestyle crossover vehicle where you need bronzed skin, a kitesurfing kit and no visible means of income.
It’s a car for the real world, for kids that drop drinks and dogs that do worse. At this it excels and that ought to be enough.