Peugeot has offered full-sized people carriers in its range for years, but such vehicles have fallen out of favour in recent times with buyers keen to downsize to compact seven-seat MPVs.
With many key rivals on the market when the Peugeot 5008 was launched, it had to bring something special to the party to stand out from the crowd – and that’s just what it did.
Spacious, versatile, practical and good to drive, the 5008 comes with some fine engines. Plus, since it arrived in dealers just over three years ago, it’s generally proven reliable, too.
So this people carrier is an ideal family runaround.
The 5008 superseded Peugeot’s 807 in February 2010, offering a choice of 1.6 petrol or diesel engines and 2.0-litre diesels.
Buyers of the petrol model could pick from 120bhp normally aspirated or 156bhp turbocharged versions, while the 1.6-litre HDi delivered 110bhp and was sold with manual or automatic boxes.
The range-topping 2.0 HDi was available as a manual with 150bhp or an automatic with 163bhp; the higher-powered engine wasn’t offered with a manual transmission. But whichever model you go for, you get air-conditioning, an electronic handbrake, seven seats and ESP as standard.
Most used 5008s are diesels, and these make the most sense. The 1.6 HDi is strong enough, but cars with the 2.0 HDi engine also get Dynamic Ride Control, which helps the balance of ride and handling.
Surprisingly, about one in three 5008s is an auto. While the 2.0 HDi 163 gets a conventional auto, the 1.6 HDi has the EGC robotised manual, which isn’t very slick.
Early Active, Sport and Exclusive trim levels later became Access, Active and Allure; we’d suggest going for at least a mid-range car.
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso shares engines, chassis and seat mechanisms with the 5008, and tends to be a bit cheaper.
The Renault Grand Scenic is a spacious and affordable rival, as is the Vauxhall Zafira. One of our favourite seven-seaters is the Ford S-MAX. It’s fun to drive with a superb interior, but is a big car and the rearmost seats could still be roomier.
There are a few 5008s for under £10,000, including some petrol cars. These usually have under 25,000 miles, but for the same money you could buy a higher-mileage diesel.
Spend £11,000, and you can pick up a 30,000-mile 1.6 HDi 110 Sport, while an 11-plate 2.0 HDi 150 Sport is £12,000. Year-old 5008s start at £15,000 (for a 1.6 HDi Active), although higher-spec cars are often no more than £1k extra. Autos start at £10,500 for a 10-reg 1.6 HDi, but you’ll need £11,500-plus to have any real choice here.
|Model||Insurance group||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Annual road tax|
|1.6 VTi 120||12-13||40mpg||159g/km||£175|
|1.6 THP 155||17||39mpg||167g/km||£200|
|1.6 HDi 115||14-16||53mpg||139g/km||£125|
|1.6 HDi 115 EGC||14-16||55mpg||134g/km||£125|
|1.6 HDi 115 Exclusive||14||53mpg||144g/km||£140|
|2.0 HDi 150||18-20||49mpg||149g/km||£140|
|2.0 HDi 163 auto||20||41mpg||178g/km||£220|
Any 5008 with a petrol engine or a 2.0-litre diesel needs to be serviced every 20,000 miles or two years; this is cut to 12,500 miles/two years on the 1.6 HDi. Diesels need two minor services then a major one, while petrol cars alternate between £189 minor and £250 major checks.
While petrol engines are chain-driven, the diesels have a cambelt, and it will need to be replaced every 10 years or 140,000 miles, with the work costing £350. On top of this, the coolant has to be renewed every four years and the brake fluid every two years. Dealers will charge around £50 to do each of these jobs for you.
• Factory-fit sat-nav is clunky to use and doesn’t understand UK postcodes, so don’t pay any extra for a car with it.
• Brake discs can wear quickly, even on cars not used around town much, so check for signs of warping
• Some models don’t feature rear parking sensors, but they’re essential to prevent car park scrapes.
The 5008 is still quite new, but has already been recalled five times. The first was in August 2010 as the windscreen trim could detach, while in January 2011 the car was called back as water leaks into the rear side doors could short out the electrics. Another recall was issued over the same fault in June that year, but not before a problem with fuel leaks had forced a callback in February 2011. In January, a loose rear brake caliper mounting plate saw another recall, although this affected just two cars.
Check out the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) website for up-to-date recall information.
Not enough 5008 owners have responded to our annual Driver Power satisfaction surveys for the car to feature, but historically Peugeots haven’t done well. The smaller 3008 scraped in at 78 this year, and as a brand Peugeot also failed to impress, coming second to last in the 2013 manufacturer’s chart.
Steve and Kathryn Gold from Middlesbrough own a 5008 1.6 HDi. “The engine is plenty strong enough most of the time,” said Steve. “The cabin is really comfortable; the glass roof helps to open things up. Practicality is superb, and so far the car has been utterly reliable.”