The Peugeot 5008 can seat seven, it has a stylish exterior, a modern and high-tech interior, and there are a range of petrol and diesel engines to suit different driving patterns.
The latest 5008 is a seven-seater people carrier, and Peugeot is calling it an SUV. It may be higher-riding than the previous generation 5008 model, but is the classification of an SUV pushing it a bit too far?
The seven-seater Peugeot 5008 has much family resemblance to the smaller, five-seater 3008. Both models look stylish and modern, the main difference being that the 5008 has a higher and longer roofline at the rear in order to accommodate two extra people. The 3008 looks sleeker, but the 5008 still looks good for a seven-seater. On that note, although there are seven seats, unlike vehicles such as the Land Rover Discovery (which also probably deserves the title of an ‘SUV’), the rear two seats are really only occasional seats for children, as access to them isn’t that easy.
The 3008’s interior concept is also carried over. This means that there’s a very small – and not very round – steering wheel, and you look over this to see the instruments. This idea has been introduced for a few years now, having appeared in the 208 and 308; initially it was a challenge for some drivers (depending on their height) to see the instruments over the top of the wheel, but Peugeot seems to have tweaked the layout to make it work better. There’s an interesting grey fabric feature running along the dashboard, which was received well by everyone who went in the car.
Our test car had a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a manual gearbox, along with front-wheel drive (which all 5008 models have).
The Peugeot 5008 is a seven-seater, but when you’re driving it, it feels like one of the smaller and more agile people carriers (it makes a Ford S-Max feel like a van in comparison). This agile sensation is due to the compact size of the car, the chassis, the responsive engine, and the super-small steering wheel does help to provide a fun driving experience.
The rest of the ‘i-Cockpit’, with its digital instrument display, feels modern and high-tech. The touchscreen is a central feature, but thankfully there are a number of shortcut buttons under the screen. However the normal approach of Peugeot-Citroen to touchscreens remains: all the controls for the interior temperature, and the fan, are on this screen, so when you get into the car on a cold winter morning, you have to wait until the screen starts up before you can adjust the interior temperature; we really think that temperature settings should be kept separate from the touchscreen, on good, old-fashioned dials that you can quickly turn up or down.
You can imagine that most people taking the 5008 on domestic duties such as the school run would be happy with the driving experience; it’s perfectly pleasant to drive overall, with responsive steering, a (mostly) comfortable ride, and agile handling. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the manual gearbox and clutch, but customer preferences seem to be gravitating towards automatic gearboxes, which are on offer in the 5008 range.
Although the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine is small for a seven-seater car, it’s revvy and responsive, even if there is some turbo lag at low revs. There’s a Sport button, but don’t get carried away – the 5008 with this engine doesn’t like being driven beyond its limits.
The 5008 has a clutch foot rest, however it’s very close to clutch, so it’s easy for your foot to catch it when using the clutch.
There’s a reversing camera, which is always useful, and when you start to drive forward again, it also shows you a brief forward view.
The official combined NEDC fuel economy figure for the Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 StopStart is 55.4 mpg – equating to 117 g/km CO2. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine can be economical in real life if driven carefully, but when driven more enthusiastically, the fuel economy drops significantly. This applies to most downsized turbocharged petrol engines – they produce reasonable mpg figures on the NEDC test, but they’re not economical in real life if driven hard.
For local driving, this petrol engine will be cleaner in terms of emissions that have an impact on local air quality; but for driving longer distances, a diesel engine will use less fuel and emit less CO2. Overall, after a week of mixed driving, the Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 StopStart averaged 40.3mpg in real life – which, interestingly, is exactly the same as our real life mpg with the Citroen C3 Aircross with a 110 PS version of the same engine, mated to automatic transmission.
The Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130 StopStart GT Line costs £28,195. There are four trim levels: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. There are a range of powertrain choices, including three petrol and six diesel options: 1.2 PureTech 130 S&S (as tested), 1.2 PureTech 130 EAT6 (auto) S&S, 1.6 THP 165 EAT6 S&S, 1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S, 1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S, 1.6 BlueHDi 120 EAT6 S&S, 2.0 BlueHDi 150 S&S, 2.0 BlueHDi EAT6 180 S&S and 2.0 BlueHDi EAT8 180 S&S.
The Peugeot 5008 is a seven-seater that will fit easily into many people’s lives. It looks good on the outside; the interior is modern, high-tech, and well designed; and it drives well, combining a comfortable ride with agile handling. Is it an SUV? Probably not.
Our test car had the entry-level engine, which was fit for purpose for local journeys, but there’s a wide choice of other powertrains. The media are demonising diesels, and it’s true that diesels aren’t the best choice if most driving is in local, built-up areas, due to their NOx and particulate emissions. However if your driving is primarily long distances up and down the UK’s motorway network, then a diesel will use less fuel and will emit less CO2. Overall the Peugeot 5008 is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 8 out of 10.