Peu­geot goes to greater lengths

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES - Fred­eric Manby

PEU­GEOT’S 3008 five-seater es­tate was one of my favourite new cars of 2009. Now the French maker has fol­lowed up with a longer ver­sion, called the 5008, and seat­ing seven in three rows of seats.

Its para­mount ri­vals are the (longer, costlier) Ford S-Max and the C4 Grand Pi­casso from its sta­ble­mate, Citroën, and the Re­nault Grand Scénic.

The 5008 felt as if it wal­lowed a bit too sud­denly in cor­ners yet in its de­fence, my son took to it straight away, even though it is not his favoured type of ve­hi­cle. Like its peers, the 5008 has a low roofline for an MPV, which means it does not look like an air­port ho­tel shut­tle bus.

Peu­geot re­sisted the risk of giv­ing it a larger ver­sion of the 3008’s milk-crate grin­ning grille. The 5008’s “face” is much more aloof and most as­pects of the body styling are ac­cept­able, maybe even the ex­ces­sive tail lamps which wrap the shoul­ders for max­i­mum vis­i­bil­ity.

Peu­geot calls the 5008 a “com­pact MPV” and it is some six inches shorter than an S-Max but match­ing it for most pur­poses. The model line is Ac­tive, Sport and Ex­clu­sive, with the usual pro­gres­sion from steel to al­loy wheels, cruise con­trol and cli­mate con­trol.

There is a good choice of en­gines and the range opens at just £17,345 for the 120bhp 1.6 petrol Ac­tive with five gears, which records 38.7mpg, 169g/km CO2 and 0-62mph in 12.3 sec­onds. It has 16-inch steel wheels with low-en­ergy tyres, air con­di­tion­ing, MP3 play­back, an elec­tric park­ing brake, sta­bil­ity con­trol and a five-star Ncap crash safety score.

The same en­gine is £18,545 with Sport kit, which in­cludes al­loys, un­der-seat and un­der-floor stor­age, cruise con­trol with a speed lim­iter, and a colour-coded ex­te­rior, am­bi­ent cabin lights and cargo area net.

Nice to find the top drawer Ex­clu­sive model of­fered with this en­try en­gine, and for £20,445 you get a full-length glass roof, al­loy 17s, cli­mate con­trol, head-up speed dis­play and dis­tance alert to tell you if you are too close to the ve­hi­cle in front, au­to­matic lamps and wipers, USB and Blue­tooth, a rear park­ing sen­sor (which should be stan­dard across the range).

The diesel en­gine is the fa­mil­iar 110bhp 1560cc unit with 192 lb ft of torque, also used by Citroën, Ford and Volvo. It records 43.4mpg ur­ban, 62.7mpg ex­tra ur­ban, 53.2mpg over­all and 140g/km CO2 with a sixspeed man­ual gear­box. The 0-62mph time is 12.9 sec­onds.

It is avail­able for an ad­di­tional £1,500 in all three trim lev­els. An elec­tron­i­cally shifted man­ual gear­box would add a fur­ther £500 to the bill.

There are more pow­er­ful petrol and diesel en­gines but I was happy with the 1.6 diesel on the Ex­clu­sive test car, billed at £21,945.

Ex­tra items in­cluded pale grey leather (£1,230), metal­lic paint (£410), nav­i­ga­tion (£715), DVD video (£510)in the head­rests and swiv­el­ling xenon lamps (£510). It was a very nice car but my money would prob­a­bly go for the en­try model with this diesel or the petrol mo­tor, depend­ing on high-or lowmileage use. Right now it would be diesel.

I used the full reper­toire of the 5008. Its seven seats were oc­cu­pied most of the time and al­though an av­er­age 5ft8ins adult can squat in one of thee two rear seats, they are re­ally suited to smaller pas­sen­gers.

The mid­dle seats have ad­justable back-rests and can slide for­wards five inches, which helps the trav­ellers in the rear seats.

All five rear seats fold into the floor, and in this for­mat I took three full loads of Ley­landii branches to the lo­cal tip, and then cut down and dug up the tree stump – no re­grets. The fold away sys­tem works eas­ily once you re­mem­ber the se­quence us­ing levers and pull straps.

Stor­age up front is a bit short on the cen­tre stack but you do get a use­ful and dis­creet drop-down box un­der the steer­ing wheel.

On the road, the 5008 had enough pace for the lo­cal hills, even with seven up. The head-up dis­play is much safer than glanc­ing at a speedome­ter and you can set the warn­ing time in sec­onds to the ve­hi­cle in front, from 0.9 sec­onds (say in town) to 2.5 sec­onds for mo­tor­way driv­ing. The sym­bol flashes if you get in­side the mar­gin, but you have to do the brak­ing.

Ex­clu­sive equip­ment brings win­dow blinds for the side win­dows by the cen­tre and rear­most seats, which are wel­come in bright sun­shine or just to feel a bit more cut off from what­ever is hap­pen­ing on the street.

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