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.