Peugeot 5008 MPV
Price: £19,045 - £26,445
- Good to drive
- Spacious boot
- Well-built interior
- Not as efficient as rivals
- Entry-level spec lacks kit
- Rear seats a bit cramped
"The Peugeot 5008 is a people carrier that's spacious, practical, fun to drive and has a well-built interior."
The Peugeot 5008 is a very accomplished MPV that competes with cars like the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, Ford S-MAX, Renault Grand Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. And it has a lot going for it; it's more stylish than most of the other cars in this market, and its looks were improved by a facelift at the start of 2014. It's also good to drive, has a high-quality interior, is comfortable and ioffers a load area that beats its rivals from Ford, Renault and Citroen. In fact, there's very little wrong with the 5008 – it's one of the best cars in its class.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Not as efficient as rivals but low insurance group rating should keep premiums down
The most economical engine in the Peugeot 5008 range is the 1.6-litre e-HDI FAP diesel, which comes with an automatic gearbox. It will do 58.9mpg and 126g/km CO2 – placing it in tax band D with an annual road tax bill of £105. Those figures are by no means awful for a big car like this, but some rivals do offer substantially lower running costs. The equivalent Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, by comparison, returns over 70mpg.
The rest of the 5008's diesel range are reasonably affordable to run and will do between 41mpg and 56mpg, while petrols are a little pricier with economy that ranges from 38mpg to 41mpg. Insurance group rating starts from 12, which is low for a big MPV.
Interior & comfort
Interior feels high-quality and the 5008 is one of the most comfortable cars in its class
The interior is stylish, made from good materials and well put together. The large, sweeping dashboard looks great and there are plenty of classy-looking chrome switches, too – the car has clearly been set-up to prioritise comfort. The suspensions is soft and soaks up all but the biggest bumps and potholes, while the seats are supportive and comfortable. The engines are all smooth and quiet and the cabin is well insulated from engine, road, and wind noise, too – so the 5008 really is quite a relaxing place to spend time in. The rearmost seats are a little on the small side and really only suitable for children – but adult passengers will find no shortage of space around the seats in the rest of the car.
Practicality & boot space
Load space is vast and clever seating system is very practical
Peugeot's design team has used the space available within the 5008's large dimensions really effectively. Even with all the seats in place the boot has 679 litres of capacity – far bigger than the 308 litres available on the Ford Galaxy. And if you fold away all of the seats you expand that to a truly enormous 2,506 litres – which is a load area bigger than many vans! There's also storage space beneath the floor in the second row of seats and a large cubbyhole beneath the centre console.
The seating system on the 5008 is clever, too. It allows all the seats to be individually moved and folded, which makes it very easy to get in and out of all the seats – including the back row. The rearmost seats are a bit cramped, though, and are really only useable for children.
Reliability & safety
Peugeot is struggling to satisfy customers but safety is top notch
Peugeot cars do have a reputation for being less reliable than rivals – and they seem to be living up to that if the feedback from customers’ satisfaction surveys are to be believed. The brand came 31st in the 2013 Driver Power survey – and given that the rankings only went as far as 32, that result couldn’t be much worse. The 5008 didn’t figure in the Top 100 cars but that's because not enough owners took part for it to qualify. However, the 5008 does feel of a higher quality than many of the French company's previous cars, so we think it should prove to be reasonably reliable. It's certainly safe – it got the maximum five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. It comes as standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, and traction control.
Engines, drive & performance
Surprisingly good to drive for such a big car
MPVs aren’t generally known for their driving dynamics, as they are usually more about practicality than sporty performance, but the 5008 is genuinely good to drive. The steering is really precise for a people carrier, and it feels very stable in corners, too. Some models come fitted with Dynamic Roll Control, which is an electronic stability device that further reduces body roll in corners.
The engine range is good but we’d avoid the entry-level 1.6-litre 118bhp petrol engine as is it doesn’t really have enough power for a car of this size. The turbocharged 1.6-litre THP petrol is better, as it's fast and smooth, and its 156bhp is enough to keep the car nippy. But we prefer the turbo diesels in the range – they offer great performance and better efficiency than the petrol engines. The 2.0-litre HDi engine is best, and comes with either 148bhp or 161bhp. But the cheaper 108bhp 1.6-litre HDi diesel is powerful enough for buyers on a budget.
Price, value for money & options
Entry-level models may be cheap but they lack equipment
The 5008 is available in three spec levels: Access, Active and top-of-the-range Allure. At first glance the car can look like a real steal, as entry-level models are pretty cheap, but be warned: they also come with very little equipment. Access models get air-con and a CD stereo and not much else to boast about. Active spec comes with extra storage compartments, cruise control, front fog lights and a lighting pack, while Allure cars come with a panoramic glass roof, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a head-up display, and automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers. So, as you can see, you have to choose a higher spec level to get a decent kit list – but Peugeots don’t have the best resale values, and higher spec models are also likely to lose more money when the time comes to sell the car.
What the others say
Gone is the gaping grille and oversize snout seen on new Peugeots in recent years, replaced instead by more subtle features. There's even some Gallic flair thrown in, with a chrome shoulder line that flicks up towards the rear and blends with the wraparound rear LED lights.
The middle row of three equally sized seats can be adjusted longitudinally, has reclining backrests, can be folded into the floor or folded cinema-style and moved forward for access to the back row of the stalls – and they, too, can also be stowed under the floor. The backrest of the front passenger seat can be folded flat. The result is an impressively practical van-like load area.
Peugeot has finally ditched the shark mouth grille they've persisted with for the past decade and replaced it with a cleaner, arguably more conventional nose. It's a definite improvement and neat touches on the flanks give the car a purposeful look.
Last updated: 7 Feb 2014