The seven-seat Peugeot 5008 is shaping up to take on premium SUV rivals.
Peugeot is traditionally known for its top-performing hatchbacks and stylish saloons, although a few years ago it did dip its toes into the deep end of the car pool with what it called a “people carrier”.
A new interpretation of the family wagon, the 5008, which looked, and behaved suspiciously like a people mover, was an economical seven-seater offering a responsive drive and good road holding with a quality interior that was versatile and spacious.
Now, Peugeot maintains, in response to the global appetite for sports utility vehicles, it has launched its all-new 5008 in Australia, in which while the name has not changed, everything else has.
Designed from the ground up, the all-new Peugeot 5008 has moved from being a practical multi-purpose vehicle to a versatile seven-seat SUV with premium offerings at mid-market prices.
Dumping the previous Active entry-level variant, the new 5008
Peugeot 5008 is an exceptionally well-equipped seven-seat SUV.
comes onto the market in Allure specification at $42,990, plus onroad costs, before moving up to the GT Line, $46,990, and range-topping GT, $52,990.
On the outside, the Allure takes on the standard SUV styling.
Chrome and black headlamps, incorporating LED daytime running lights, flank the set-up, wrapping round the sides.
In profile, the vehicle features detailing, including chrome highlights for the windows and black lower-wheel guards normally found only on premium models.
The cabin speaks to quality all round . . . from the smart material upholstery (leather is a $2500 option) to stand-out satin chrome switches on the lower dashboard.
There’s a fully digital heads-up instrument panel, centrally-positioned touchscreen with 3-D navigation, DAB digital audio, voice recognition and smartphone wireless induction charging.
Peugeot’s innovative i-Cockpit, offers occupants an 8-inch touchscreen display and a 12.3-inch, high-resolution digital head-up instrument panel.
The Allure and GT Line feature a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with an intercooler.
Power output is 121kW at 6000rpm and torque 240Nm at 1400rpm. The turbocharged, 2.0litre, four-cylinder diesel for GT has high-pressure, common-rail direct injection and develops 133kW at 3750rpm and 400Nm at 2000rpm. It also features stop/start technology. Both engines are mated to Peugeot’s own six-speed automatic transmission, driving the front wheels.
Standard across the 5008 range, among an array of active and passive systems, is leading-edge autonomous emergency braking.
A full suite of airbags includes
The all-new Peugeot 5008 has become a versatile seven-seat SUV.