FRENCH FIZZ

The seven-seat Peu­geot 5008 is shap­ing up to take on pre­mium SUV ri­vals.

Albany Extra - - MOTORING - Derek Og­den

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.

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