TRACK NOTES

Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

De­spite its chis­elled aes­thetic, the high-rid­ing 5008 was not a car that we ex­pected would take eas­ily to the tor­tu­ously un­du­lat­ing hill route at Mill­brook, and so it proved. Sig­nif­i­cant ver­ti­cal in­puts ad­min­is­tered in quick suc­ces­sion left this chas­sis floun­der­ing and the slightly elas­tic steer­ing made it dif­fi­cult to place on the way into cor­ners at pace.

How­ever, Peu­geot has man­aged to give this tall ve­hi­cle just enough lat­eral body con­trol for it to tol­er­ate be­ing man­han­dled through bends with com­mit­ment. You may not come to en­joy hus­tling this car, but its lengthy sus­pen­sion travel al­lows the tyres to be worked im­pres­sively hard be­fore they wilt into un­der­steer. With a cal­cu­lated ap­proach, the 5008 can be made to cover ground with un­ex­pected pace.

Ver­ti­cal body con­trol is tested through the ex­treme com­pres­sion in T7 and found want­ing. No shame in that for a seven-seat SUV.

Steer­ing is low on feed­back, so the se­quence of faster bends around T3 means guid­ing the car based solely on vis­ual cues.

The 5008’s nat­u­ral in­cli­na­tion is to un­der­steer into the tight hair­pin at T2, but get the front tyres hooked up and a throt­tle lift will ag­i­tate the rear axle.

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