09 December 2013
The start of the new decade sees Peugeot with a revised corporate logo and the new 5008 on sale in the UK. As a compact MPV, this 7-seater goes head-to-head with the already established Picasso, Grand Scenic, Zafira and many, many others. Stiff competition, but itís up for a fight.
The 5008 range offers two petrol engines and four diesels. I tested the second most powerful diesel Ė the 150bhp two-litre HDi with a 6-speed manual transmission. With 0-62 in 10 secs itís hardly a breathtaking performer, but a top speed of 121mph should prove ample for that summertime Continental run to the sun. More importantly, 340Nm (251lb/ft) of torque at just 2,000rpm means it pulls energetically and isnít fussed about being in precisely the right gear. Additionally, the gearbox shifts sweetly and the brakes feel strong enough to stop hard, even with a full payload.
As the state of the nationís roads seem to deteriorate further on an almost daily basis, ride quality is becoming an increasingly important consideration, and the 5008 fares well in this respect. Although I wasnít immediately struck by a wondrous Ďmagic carpetí ride, I wasnít remotely uncomfortable either, and bearing in mind the third-world road surfaces I drove on, thatís praise indeed. In common with pretty much all contemporary family cars, the 5008ís power steering feels pretty remote from the front wheels and tyres, but unless youíve just climbed out of a Caterham or similar, youíll not be bothered.
Being an all-new model and barely on sale it would be imprudent (and silly) to pass too much judgement here. What I will say is that the 5008 seems very well finished on the outside, and it has a particularly well-finished and appealing interior. The dash, instrumentation and centre console are worthy of special mention as the buttons, controls and materials used would not look out of place in a top-flight executive car. The diesel engine should go Ďround the clock without anything untoward occurring, although Peugeot as a brand didnít fare too brilliantly in the í09 JD Power Customer satisfaction survey. I expect the 5008 will help Peugeot improve on that in future surveys.
The 5008 has already been awarded the maximum five stars under Euro NCAPís new and more stringent crash test protocol. In the new categories it scored: Adult 89%, Child 79%, Pedestrian 37% and Safety Assist 97%. That 97% score would have been helped by the 5008ís six airbags whereby the head/curtain bag covers all three seat rows and, operated by a single generator, itís activated at the same time as the side airbags. Thereís also ESP as standard, seatbelt warning on all seven seats and tyre under-inflation detectors. The Exclusive model adds a driverís head-up display and distance alert, plus auto headlamps and wipers.
The 5008ís 7-seats are arranged in a 2/3/2 configuration and, as with other compact MPVs, the third row seats are for small people only. The middle row seats are all of equal width, and all five rear seats fold flat into the floor. The front passenger seat-back also folds flat. Loadspace volume goes from almost nothing with all seats in use, to 679-litres up to shelf level with the third row seats flat, to a maximum of 1,754-litres with rows 2 and 3 flat and loaded to the roof. Thereís storage space almost everywhere, from the front centre console to the underfloor in the rear, although three large adults seated in row 2 might feel a bit cramped.
The OTR price for this well-equipped, near-top-of-the-range 150hp Exclusive is £22,945, although my test car was loaded with an additional £2,860ís worth of options, including a media/navigation system (with 30GB + 10GB hard drives), plus a sophisticated video pack where the two rear screens can operate independently of each other. CO2 emissions are rated at 151g/km, which means Band G or £155 annual road tax. Insurance groupings are TBA, but fuel consumption is a pretty reasonable at 48.7mpg combined. Service intervals are 20,000m with a 3yr/60,000m warranty. Importantly, the 5008ís predicted residual value matches that of VW, the current highest in sector. So, the 5008 brings nothing fundamentally ground-breaking to the party, but itís a complete and compelling package.
Submitted: 22/01/2010 08:40:54
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