Peugeot has suffered from some big changes in buying habits which has seen a growth in both budget and premium sales, with mainstream manufacturers losing out. In response to this Peugeot has decided to reposition itself closer to the premium end of the market and the 5008 is one of the first of the new models tasked with delivering the brief.
The exterior of the 5008 does give the impression of solidity but it isn’t desperately pretty. Where the designers have done a great job is with the aerodynamics; despite its physical size this MPV has a drag coefficient of 0.29 which is impressively slippery. The interior also feels well put together but the central control unit looks dated and looks at odds with the otherwise clean lines.
Practicality is an important consideration in this class and here the Peugeot scores highly. At a shade over 4.5 metres in length it shares the affliction of all mid-sized MPVs in that the two seats in the third row are in the boot so they are slightly less comfortable, and when they’re up the boot space disappears. However in five-seat configuration, there’s 679 litres of boot space up to the window line.
The most efficient engine in the range is a 1.6 litre diesel unit which strikes a good balance between performance and efficiency. To get the best fuel consumption you need to specify 17 inch wheels which come with energy saving tyres as the standard 18 inch wheels are touch thirstier.
The decision to move Peugeot upmarket isn’t without its risks. The increased quality is welcome but the increased prices put it head-to-head with some serious competition. The 5008 is a good effort and there’s much to like, particularly with a new generation of diesel engines which give you a choice of budget and performance options.