PEU­GEOT 5008

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Why does it look like this?

Re­mem­ber 5008? No? Ex­actly. the last Fuddy-duddy MPV styling’s been re­placed with a half-SUV look, in keep­ing with cur­rent trends. One part of Pug’s new age of ac­tu­ally-quite-good­look­ing cars. GT spec means mas­sive al­loys and tech.

What pow­ers this fam­ily ferry?

GT’s only pow­er­train is quick-ish 177bhp diesel and, de­spite SUV styling pre­tences, power goes to the front wheels only. En­gine seems shrouded in in­su­la­tion at a cruise but gets thrashy if you egg it on. Sport mode al­most en­tirely use­less other than bring­ing on a slightly snap­pier auto shift.

Re­sign my­self to driv­ing bore­dom?

A tale of two halves. Teeny steer­ing wheel, darty han­dling and de­cent body con­trol but the big wheels don’t like pot­holes and PSA’s trade­mark slushy ped­als sweep away any ex­pec­ta­tion of brake feel or throt­tle re­sponse.

In a word, SUV; zeit­geisty styling bang on trend

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