Peugeot 5008 review

Our Rating: 
4
4.0/5.0
By Auto Express Test TeamComments

The Peugeot 5008 mixes seven-seat practicality with an upmarket interior

For: 
Upmarket interior, huge boot, decent handling
Against: 
Poor cabin storage, not as economical as rivals

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The Peugeot 5008 is a family MPV that features a practical, seven-seat interior. But while it competes in a conservative market segment, the 5008 has plenty in its favour. It's more desirable than most MPVs, thanks to its stylish looks that were enhanced in 2014 by a mid-life facelift.

It's also decent car to drive, with strong engines and surprisingly good handling, too. 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 for a diesel. 

Our choice: 5008 1.6 HDi 115 Active

Styling

4

The Peugeot 5008 might be a big family MPV, but it still looks good on the outside and has a very smart interior. The headlights, front grille and bumper have just been updated as part of a mid-life facelift, bringing the looks into line with the newest models in Peugeot range.

Like the 308, and 2008 crossover. The windscreen is very large and gives good forward visibility, while the darkened pillars and wrap-around lights 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. Top 5008 models come with a colour heads-up display, while all models now get Bluetooth.

Driving

4

The 5008 is a comfortable way to transport your family, thanks to a relatively soft suspension set-up. The ride helps the car soak up even the largest potholes, although the steering wheel does tend to wriggle around in your hands when you drive over broken surfaces.

The rest of the time, 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 the car can struggle to pick up speed in higher gears - even the powerful 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.

Reliability

3.5

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.

Practicality

4.5

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.

Running Costs

3.5

The 1.6 HDi diesel engine is the top-seller in the Peugeot 5008 line-up, and returns 56.4mpg. However, that's way behind the equivalent Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, which returns over 70mpg. But drive sensibly, and the 5008's diesel engine should still return close to the manufacturer's claim, espeically on a motorway run, where the long gearing keeps the engine ticking over more slowly.

Petrol engines are also avaialble, but while these are cheaper to buy, they lack the torque of the diesels, which can hamper economy, especially if you load the car up with people and their luggage.

The 5008 is well-equipped, with air-con, electric windows and alloy wheels standard across the range. Bluetooth was added as standard on all models when the facelifted model was introduced. You can also opt for a head-up display, panoramic sunroof and rear-seat entertainment.

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As an American on holiday in England, I drove a Peugeot 5008 hire car over 800 miles in 8 days. I was VERY impressed with the performance of the diesel engine!!! With 4 persons on board and corresponding luggage, the MPV with automatic never skipped a beat and it averaged over 45 mpg during the trip. If we could only get Americans to adopt diesels; GM, Ford, & Chrysler could easily exceed their CAFE goals set by Obama.

Last updated: 27 Jan, 2014
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