Following in the footsteps of the Peugeot 3008, and before it is launched, the new Peugeot 5008 compact MPV has been awarded five stars by Euro NCAP under its more stringent 2009 test protocol.
The new test called the Euro NCAP global rating combines the scores from all the different individual tests, Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Pedestrian Protection and the new area of assessment, Safety Assist. Under the new test, vehicles are awarded a single total score from one to five stars. The entire range of previous tests is still included but now points are also awarded for Rear Impact (Whiplash) Protection and the availability of ESP and speed limiting systems.
Safety is always a crucial factor in the design of any new Peugeot vehicle. The Peugeot 5008, therefore, has benefited from Peugeot's wide experience and also from the latest technological advances to ensure it provides its occupants the highest levels of safety.
The Peugeot 5008 sets new standards in terms of safety and driving comfort with the introduction of new and innovative technologies into the compact MPV segment. It is designed structurally to dissipate impact energy in a designed and controlled way. At the front it has three impact absorption structures to ensure maximum protection in a front impact. At the side, the 'B' post has been specially strengthened and the design of the doors and side structure ensure maximum rigidity and create a solid barrier to protect the occupants.
The rear of the vehicle has been designed to incorporate an aluminium impact beam to absorb impact forces and ensure maximum protection in a rear impact.
To provide the best possible protection for pedestrians, the Peugeot 5008 incorporates a pedestrian impact beam and protective padding to help reduce the extent of leg and thigh injuries. In addition, the design of the bonnet and the shape of the inner frame ensure maximum space is available under the bonnet to limit head injuries, if a pedestrian was to hit the bonnet.
To supplement the performance of the structure in terms of impact resistance, a range of protection devices has been developed to restrain and protect the occupants:
A total of six airbags are fitted as standard on all models:
- Two adaptive front airbags (Passenger airbag can be deactivated to fit a rear-facing child seat)
- Two side air bags
- Two head / curtain airbags covering all three rows of seats
To restrain the occupants of the Peugeot 5008, seven three-point inertia reel seat belts with a fasten seat belt warning system are fitted. At the front, pretensioners and force limiters are fitted.
To protect occupants in a rear impact from possible 'whiplash' injuries, the front and rear head restraints and the design of the seats ensure good support for the head.
The Peugeot 5008 also provides high levels of child safety with three Isofix child seat mountings to ensure child safety seats are attached directly to the vehicle structure. All mountings are of the latest three point design and are available on all the passenger seats in the second row.
The Peugeot 5008 is also equipped with an electrically operated child safety system which automatically locks the rear doors and disables the electric rear windows, all from a switch operated by the driver.
Active safety is also a strong point with the standard fitment on all models of ABS with EBFD / EBA, ESP and traction control, Xenon directional headlamps and tyre pressure sensors are also available as an option.
With the launch of the new Peugeot 5008 on to the UK market in January 2010, no longer will it be necessary to compromise on safety when choosing a family compact MPV. Now a family compact MPV can provide top levels of safety, a spacious luxurious interior and low emissions ensuring low taxation and running costs.Published 4 December 2009