We’ve had to wait for a compact seven-seat MPV from Peugeot but the 5008 was worth the wait. Given Renault’s strong showing in this class it is surprising that Peugeot has neglected this market, but the 5008 is a welcome addition and has won critical acclaim so we expect it to become a common sight.
The 5008 revives the 5 series badge and is the spiritual successor to the seven-seat 505 estate, but it’s brought bang up-to-date. Compact MPVs are increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why. The 5008 boasts seven full-size seats but is under 4.3 metres long, making it ideal for modern life.
In common with all of the compact MPVs, if you do use all seven seats there is precious little luggage space but with five seats in place there is a very respectable 823 litres on offer. Fold all of the seats down and you get a massive 2506 litres, together with a flat floor. In terms of flexibility the 5008 ticks all of the boxes.
Low running costs come courtesy of a 110 bhp 1.6 litre HDi engine which produces 192 lb.ft of torque at 1,750 rpm. The semi-automatic EGC gearbox achieves slightly better fuel consumption on the urban portion of the test and works well, but if you would prefer the manual it’s cheaper and is very nearly as efficient.
The 5008 looks good, is very efficient, and has lots of desirable options like a head-up display and full length glass roof. It is also sprightly, very flexible and makes extensive use of high quality materials.
The only downsides are that it isn’t cheap and some of the most desirable features are only available on top spec models.