It’s a fam­ily af­fair for Peu­geot 5008

Cynon Valley - - MOTORS WALES - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­

WHEN I drove the sev­enseater Peu­geot 5008 pow­ered by a 1.6 BlueHDi diesel en­gine, I thought per­for­mance might be com­pro­mised in a large peo­ple car­rier.

But it never felt short of urge, even on a 200-mile air­port trip pick­ing up five adults and all their lug­gage. And of course, econ­omy was ex­cel­lent, bet­ter­ing a num­ber of com­peti­tors.

That said, the model built be­tween 2010 and 2016 was also avail­able with a 2.0-litre HDi diesel plus a 1.2 turbo petrol and two ver­sions of the same 1.6 petrol.

The 1.6 diesel was avail­able with 112, 115 or 120bhp at dif­fer­ent times, and the 2.0-litre had ei­ther 150 or 163bhp with an au­to­matic gear­box.

The petrol choices are two 1.6s with ei­ther 120 or 156bhp, or lat­terly, the ex­cel­lent Peu­geot/Citroen 1.2 turbo with 130. The higher pow­ered 1.6 was the per­for­mance choice of the bunch.

Per­for­mance – in an MPV? This one is wor­thy of good per­for­mance be­cause it has an ex­cel­lent chas­sis that’s right up with the pre­vi­ous best in class Mazda5 – and that has only five seats.

The lower pow­ered 1.6 petrol VTi and the 1.6 diesel are the slow­est, tak­ing about 11.5 sec­onds to reach 60mph from rest.

But the 2.0-litre diesel man­ual and the higher pow­ered petrol bring the sprint well un­der 10 sec­onds, while the 1.2 cov­ers it in a shade over.

As is the way of sec­ond­hand cars, year for year and even with higher mileage, the diesels are go­ing to be more ex­pen­sive, so if your needs don’t in­clude too many miles, the petrols will be bet­ter value.

Com­fort is ex­cel­lent, and it smoothes out even the worst of sur­faces on pot­holed town roads. Yet as I said above, the ex­cel­lent chas­sis helps it hold the road bril­liantly for a large ve­hi­cle, al­low­ing swift, safe progress on more twist­ing roads.

The 5008 is also one of the most fam­ily friendly ve­hi­cles in a class full of fam­ily friendly trans­port.

It has loads of space and very flex­i­ble seat­ing. The rear­most two seats have enough legroom for shorter adults or young teenagers and fold down into the boot floor in about three sec­onds to give a huge load area.

The mid­dle three are in­di­vid­ual and ad­justable for legroom and they fold down to make even more load­space.

Top mod­els get a head-up dis­play for speed – not avail­able on most oth­ers – putting it a cut above them.

Equip­ment is good in all so that even the en­try level Ac­tive has air con­di­tion­ing, en­ergy sav­ing tyres, a CD stereo, an elec­tric hand­brake and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol.

Sport mod­els add the ‘fam­ily pack’, which in­cludes stor­age com­part­ments un­der the front seats and foot wells, al­loys, cruise, front fog lights and a light­ing pack with boot­mounted torch.

Ex­clu­sive adds a glass roof, cli­mate con­trol, the head-up dis­play, au­to­matic head­lamps and wipers, USB, Blue­tooth, elec­tric fold­ing mir­rors, auto dim­ming rear-view mir­ror and rear park­ing sen­sors.

Pay about £6,500 for a ’13 13-reg 1.6 diesel Ac­tive II, or £8,750 for a ’15 15-reg Al­lure 1.6THP petrol.

Peu­geot 5008

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