"Peugeot's 5008 competes in the people carrier market, blending space and practicality with good handling."
When you compare the Peugeot 5008 to Peugeot's people carriers of old, it's a veritable revolution. Not only is it good to drive, but the interior is well thought out and easy to use, offering loads of space and practicality. Peugeot has markedly improved the quality of the interior, and the 5008 feels so much better built than Peugeot's previous MPVS. On the road, it offers impressive comfort levels and, for a people carrier, the 5008 actually looks pretty stylish. It's definitely a serious rival to the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, but it's also good enough to drive to provide some lower-level competition for existing drivers’ favourites, such as the Ford S-MAX.
MPG, running costs & CO2 emissions
The most economical engine on offer is the 1.6-litre e-HDi FAP diesel with automatic gearbox, which returns a claimed 58.9mpg in combined fuel economy and emits 126g/km of CO2, which places in tax band D and will cost £105 in annual road tax. But all the diesel models are inexpensive to run, offering between 41mpg and 55mpg, depending on the model. The petrol versions are more expensive to run and return 38mpg and 41mpg in fuel economy, while emitting around 160g/km (band G, £175 a year). Insurance groups start at 12 and top out at 22, which is pretty good for a large people carrier in this class.
Interior & comfort
Even though it's so big, the 5008 is one of the most comfortable people carriers available on the UK market. All of the engines on offer are smooth and quiet, and excellent insulation means that the interior is very quiet indeed. The suspension has been tuned with comfort in mind, so it only gets a bit unsettled over the roughest of roads, and passengers will certainly be comfy and settled even over large potholes. There's more than enough space for all passengers to travel across long distances in relative comfort, but the rearmost seats are only really suited to children and smaller teenagers, with most adults likely to get aches and pains if they do squeeze themselves in there.
Practicality & boot space
A car of the 5008's dimensions really has to be practical, otherwise that's a lot of car without much purpose. Luckily, the 5008 is not only big, it's smart in its design. So, with all the seats in place, the 5008 offers a more-than-generous 679 litres of boot space, but fold away all the seats to create a flat loading bay and suddenly you’ll find yourself with a cavernous 2,506 litres of luggage capacity, which rivals some vans for sheer volume. Then there's the storage space beneath the floor in the second row of seats and a deep storage area beneath the centre console, too, for extra storage inside the car. Peugeot has even made it easy to get in and out of the very back row of seats, thanks to a clever independent folding system that allows each seat to be moved on its own. However, any adult who does make the most of that system and straps themselves in back there will quickly find the back seats pretty cramped and really not suitable long journeys if you’re not a child. The weird things is, the overall superior practicality is slightly let down by the lack of any dashboard storage and a frankly tiny glove compartment.
Reliability & safety
Placing 31st in the 2013 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey saved Peugeot from coming dead last – which was smart – but if the poll hadn’t expanded the manufacturers ranking by two places (to 32) then it wouldn’t have even ranked! Plus, it had dropped down a further three places from its 2012 position, and only one Peugeot managed to squeeze into the survey's top 100 cars list. It wasn’t the 5008, but that may be because it could still be too new to feature. Peugeots of the past haven’t been renowned for their durability, but the 5008 is very well constructed and it does seem that Peugeot may finally have turned a corner in this area. Here's hoping it has a better showing in the next survey. Thankfully, it did secure the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests, the 5008 coming with six airbags and electronic stability control (ESP) fitted as standard. Deadlocks, marked parts and an integrated stereo are also fitted as standard, to increase security. There haven’t been any major recalls or problems reported yet but it is still in its market infancy.
Engines, drive & performance
To get the most out of the 5008, we’d recommend avoiding the basic 1.6-litre 118bhp petrol engine, and go for the turbocharged 1.6-litre THP petrol model instead, which generates 156bhp, and is fast and smooth. In general, and as is common at the moment, the HDi turbodiesels are a better bet, not least because Peugeot has always made good diesel engines. The 108bhp 1.6-litre version is powerful enough for most drivers and proves to be cheap to run, as well. All the diesels are smooth and offer responsive performance, but the 2.0-litre versions, with 148bhp and 161bhp, respectively, are easily the more effortless to drive. The steering is well weighted and actually very precise for a people carrier of this size. Dynamic Roll Control is an electronic stability device that is fitted as standard on some models, which makes the 5008 feel more much stable and reduces body roll when driving through the corners.
Price, value for money & options
You may find that the starting prices for the 5008 are pretty inexpensive, but then the level of accessories and equipment is pretty basic on the entry-level models. The 5008 comes in three main specifications – entry-level Access, mid-range Active and top-of-the-range Allure. Access models come fitted with air-conditioning, stability control, an electronic handbrake, a CD stereo and energy-saving tyres as standard. Active models feature extra storage compartments, cruise control, front fog lights and a lighting pack. Top-spec Allure models add on extra goodies, including a panoramic glass roof, 17-inch alloys, automatic climate control, a head-up display, and automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers. Peugeots have average resale values on the used car market, so choose your specification wisely as you may not see that much of your money back when you come to make a second-hand deal.