Peugeot 5008 review
The Peugeot 5008 mixes seven-seat practicality with an upmarket interior
The Peugeot 5008 is an unusual family MPV; thanks to stylish looks and a neat interior, it manages to be both practical and desirable. The 5008 is a great choice for families looking for something with loads of interior space, without sacrificing the enjoyment of being in the car. That's also true for the driver, as the range of engines is good and the handling is surprisingly good, too - it's up there with the Ford S-MAX for driving experience. The load area beats rivals from Renault, Citroen and Ford, and there's enough room to seat seven people. We recommend the 1.6 HDi diesel engine, as it has enough power to satisfy while still being economical and quiet while you're driving. There's a new Peugeot 5008 model on the way soon, which gets an even more stylish look - so it should be more desirable than ever.
Our choice: 5008 1.6 HDi 110 Exclusive
The Peugeot 5008 might be a large family MPV, but it still looks great and has a very smart interior. The grille and front bumper mirror the rest of the Peugeot range, which is no bad thing - the French company's current line-up is pretty well designed. The windscreen is very large and lets in a lot of light, creating a sleek look from the outside, too. The darkened pillars and wrap-around lights add a lot of style to the design and help the car stand out from the MPV crowd. The large, sweeping dashboard means the interior is as cool as the exterior, and the chrome dials and raised gearbox mount are neat features. The layout of the buttons and switches is straightforward and it doesn't look cluttered. The 5008 really stands out on style, especially next to something like the Renault Grand Scenic.
The 5008 is a comfortable way to transport your family, thanks to a suspension set-up focused on comfort. The soft ride helps to protect passengers from even the largest potholes, and only very rough roads will unsettle it. What's surprising about this set-up is that it's good to drive, too - the steering is light and accurate, which inspires confidence when cornering. Plus, Dynamic Roll Control fitted on some models means the body is kept in check on faster corners. The engines are all solid when it comes to load-carrying ability and economy, but overall the car struggles to pick up in higher gears - even the 150bhp 2.0 HDi diesel. The gearbox has quite a long throw, which can make it a bit irritating to use, too. It's at its best on the motorway - engine and road noise is kept low, and the comfortable set-up means long journeys are a breeze.
Thanks to a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, we're sure that the 5008 is a very safe car - and the solid handling helps it to feel safe on the road as well. A long curtain airbag that stretches all the way back is standard on all versions of the 5008, and deadlocks, marked parts and an integrated stereo all help improve security, too. The Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey saw Peugeot finishing 31st out of 32 - not a good sign for reliability. The 5008 seems well built and Peugeot has been making efforts to improve their record - so although it looks bad for the 5008, we wouldn't assume it will be a nightmare to live with.
Being a large seven-seater MPV, the Peugeot 5008 is naturally a practical car. With all of the seats folded down, for example, you get a huge 2,506 litres of boot space, which means carrying large items is easy. It easily beats the SEAT Alhambra, which offers 2,297 litres with its seats down. The clever independent folding system makes getting into the rear seats easy enough for almost anyone - each seat can be moved separately. The third row of seats is good enough for children, but adults will find it a bit cramped and it's not ideal for long journeys. There's not much storage space in the cabin, either, with nowhere on the dash to store loose items and a tiny glovebox - it's not good enough when you think about how much stuff families need to store in the car.
The 1.6 HDi diesel engine in the Peugeot 5008 returns 51.4mpg, but that's actually behind the Renault Grand Scenic's 57.6mpg and Ford Grand C-MAX's 57.7mpg offerings. Being a large car, it's never going to be cheap to run, but the Peugeot will cost a bit more to run over a long period of time compared to its main rivals. Avoid the larger petrol engines, as they are very thirsty. However, with air-con, electric windows and alloy wheels standard across the range, equipment is good and the 5008 looks like good value. You can also opt for a head-up display, panoramic sunroof and rear-seat entertainment thanks to a pricey options list.