By Ian Strachan
Whatever Peugeot tries, it does very well indeed. And its roomy and versatile 5008 family compact MPV is no exception, writes Ian Strachan.
Be in no doubt, the 5008 seven-seater is a very good vehicle. Plus it is one of the safest on the road, getting a Euro NCAP five-star rating under the most rigorous safety standards.
The result is a flexible family vehicle with a sleek appearance and a stable drive, with bags of room inside.
The 5008 Allure HDi which I tested is powered by a willing direct injection 1.6 litre diesel engine delivering brisk 120 bhp performance. Linked to a pleasant six-speed automatic gearbox it has more than adequate power for a vehicle of this kind. And it can turn a top speed of 113 mph where allowed.
The engine provides good performance throughout the speed range, delivering power smoothly but with plenty of mid-range pull.
The 5008 also handles remarkably well. Cornering is sure footed with no body roll and the sensible suspension set up ensures a comfortable ride for all passengers.
Fuel consumption comes in at 61.4 miles to the gallon in mixed driving, which is remarkable for a car of this size
The interior is light, well laid out in a cockpit style and spacious with plenty of room for seven adults. The large luggage area can be further improved with the ability to fold the two rows of rear seats flat. The back row of seats is extremely easy to fold up and down, and there’s extra storage beneath the front seats.
Equipment levels are generous. Standard features on the Allure specification include an automatic electric park brake which comes on when you turn off the engine, smart 18 inch diamond-cut alloys, roof rails, satellite navigation with TomTom live updates and voice recognition, a DAB radio with MP3 compatibility, cruise control, front and rear parking with reversing camera, an excellent dual zone air conditioning system, aluminium trim, tray tables on the front seat backs, window blinds, automatic headlights and wipers, blue ambient interior lighting, electronic stability and all-round electric windows.
This is a solid and enjoyable vehicle, and at £27,030 it won’t break the bank. My test car came with metallic paint (£525) a black diamond roof (£280), a clever smartphone recharging plate (£120) and adaptive cruise control (£400). This is an excellent effort which undercuts some of its rivals without sacrificing quality or specification.