Peugeot's 5008 compact MPV is a car that's easy to overlook but rewarding if you give it a chance. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the revised range.
Ten Second Review
The Peugeot 5008 is a top drawer compact MPV that's been recently improved with more equipment and sleeker styling. Curiously ignored by the British public, this is one people mover that deserves a fairer crack of the whip.
It's a strange but often overlooked fact that the best selling cars aren't always the best cars in their respective classes. They might be the best marketed, they may have the broadest dealer networks and the most enterprising financial offers, but in terms of the metal on display, well, life can be anything but meritocratic. In the past, Peugeot has been the beneficiary of this fact, its rather mediocre but pretty 206 hatchback selling like hot cakes. The flipside of that coin is that it's had some really good cars on its books in recent years that have remained resolutely glued to dealership floors. Perhaps it's a legacy of all those 206 and 307 buyers turning against the brand, but come afresh to Peugeot and you'll find some talented tackle. The 5008 has been refreshed to keep it looking and feeling contemporary and it deserves a place on your compact MPV shortlist.
The engine line consists of three powerplants. The entry-level 1.2-litre 130bhp petrol unit has only three cylinders, which doesn't sound much for a big seven-seat people carrier. As it turns out, the 230Nm of torque on offer is enough to punt this Peugeot along quite nicely, 62mph from rest taking 12.3s. Most 5008 buyers though, will want one of the two BlueHDi diesels. The 1.6-litre BlueHDi unit has 120bhp and is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or the 6-speed robotised automatic. The manual model makes 62mph from rest in 13.7s. With the alternative 2.0-litre BlueHDi powerplant, you get 150bhp, enough to improve the rest to 62mph sprint time to 11.2s. The suspension is tuned for comfort but Peugeot claims that it will still deliver an engaging drive in what is a substantial vehicle. The front suspension features an anti-roll bar to maintain stability and the set-up at the back uses a conventional torsion beam. Ease of manoeuvrability is vital in a big family vehicle like the 5008 and Peugeot is offering a series of driver aids to make things easier. Front and rear parking sensors are supplemented by a system that measures roadside parking spaces and gives an indication of whether the 5008 will fit.
Design and Build
The 5008's face has changed in recent years - and changed for the better. The old 'letterbox' front grille has been replaced by the floating-effect item that's already proved such a hit with buyers choosing the Peugeot 208 and 2008. It's flanked by revised headlights with a LED signatures built into the lower portion. There are also chromed trims to emphasis the C-shaped design of the fog lights. The colour palette has been given a mixing with nine colours available, amongst which are Rich Oak and Artense Grey, finished with extra chrome trim around the windows. The selection of alloy wheels has also been changed with diameters from 16" to 18" and the addition of a 17" diamond Anthra Grey rim. The 5008's square rear is designed for practicality first and foremost with a low loading lip and a wide tailgate. Carrying capacity will be a major selling point for the 5008 as the vehicle is able to take 758-litres of cargo with five of its seven seats occupied. Fold all of the seats down and up to 2,506-litres can be levered in. Peugeot boasts that the vehicle has a total glazed area of 5.77 cubic metres to aid visibility and increase light levels in the cabin. This is achieved through the large windscreen and deep side windows as well as by the full-length sunroof. All the seats fold flat to create a practical load floor and access to the third row is aided by a clever mechanism on the outermost seats in the second row. In one movement, the seat cushion lifts and the seat back moves forward to create enough space for passengers to enter through the side door without clambering. Storage capacity is plentiful in all models thanks to large door pockets, a glovebox and an air-conditioned centre console storage bin to keep drinks cool.
Market and Model
Prices start at around £22,000 for the 1.2-litre petrol model - or around £23,000 for the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel. That's pretty much par for the course in this segment. You'll need a budget starting at around £24,500 if you want a 5008 with 2.0 BlueHDi 150 diesel power. Equipment levels were always a 5008 strong point and the latest car packs even more kit inside. Without taking your eyes off the road, a single glance at the Head Up Display is all it takes to know the speed of the vehicle and the distance from the vehicle in front, thanks to the Distance Alert. The angle and brightness of the display are controlled by means of switches arranged within easy reach on the centre console. Close-by, on the dashboard, the screen for the audio-navigation and the trip computer is retractable. The front and rear parking assist systems can be supplemented by a reversing camera. Installed on the tailgate, its image is reproduced on the dashboard screen and indicates the outline of the vehicle in its surroundings using coloured markings. The available space measurement system informs the driver when the size of a parking space is suitable. From a safety perspective, the 5008 makes sense with plenty of airbags, ESP and ABS standard throughout the range.
Cost of Ownership
Much of the 5008's underpinnings are shared with the popular Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, a car that's renowned for low running costs: this Peugeot follows suit. The entry-level 1.6 BlueHDi diesel in manual guise gets 65.7 miles to the gallon on the combined cycle and emits just 113g/km. Go for the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel and this variant is good for 68.9mpg with 108g/km of CO2. Go for the 1.2-litre three cylinder PureTech petrol version and the figures are 52.3mpg and 124g/km of CO2. What else? Residual values? Well, they'll probably be slightly above those of Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen and a little below those of Toyota and Volkswagen. That'll probably translate into a residual value of around 40% after three years.
The Peugeot 5008 needs a bit of a push. Spend the week with one and you'll wonder why you don't see more of them. It drives well, it's eminently practical, the pricing is good, efficiency and safety are excellent and it now even looks the part. A bit of promo and this car deserves to be doing as well as its Citroen cousin, the Grand C4 Picasso. Peugeot's problem is that it only has a finite budget for this sort of thing and the priorities are the big hitters like the 208 and the 308, so we're guessing that the 5008 will continue to be labelled an underachiever. There's an honesty and integrity about the 5008 that appeals. It isn't trying to be some sort of lifestyle crossover vehicle where you need bronzed skin, a kitesurfing kit and no visible means of income. It's a car for the real world, for kids that drop drinks and dogs that do worse. At this it excels and that ought to be enough.