Bold, stylish and ca­pa­ble but lack­ing a class leader’s all-round pol­ish

Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

In build­ing a car de­signed to de­liver the prac­ti­cal­ity of an MPV with the flair of a debonair SUV, Peu­geot has bro­ken ranks with its com­pa­triot ri­vals, Re­nault and Citroën, and shown that it bet­ter un­der­stands what buy­ers want. On the ev­i­dence of this road test, the mar­que de­serves to be re­warded for its bold­ness, be­cause although the 5008 is not the most en­gag­ing steer, few in this grow­ing mar­ket­place can match its com­bi­na­tion of ver­sa­til­ity, style and cabin am­bi­ence.

Peu­geot’s ex­e­cu­tion is not with­out ques­tion, though. Caveats in­clude a lack of four­wheel drive, poor sec­ond-row head room and a chas­sis let down by its in­abil­ity to in­su­late oc­cu­pants from the grum­bling ef­fects that poor road sur­faces im­part – ar­eas in which ri­vals of­fer more. Not even a smooth diesel pow­er­train that de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy can mit­i­gate our con­cerns, and thus the 5008 fails to chal­lenge the lead­ers in this com­pet­i­tive seg­ment. It’s not far off, though, and fu­ture al­ter­ations to er­gonomics and sus­pen­sion tune could el­e­vate this car’s lev­els of sub­stance to match its in­dis­putable style.

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