Our test car was fitted with the entry-level diesel power unit coupled to the 6 speed EGC automatic gearbox.
On sale since January 2010, the Peugeot 5008 is Peugeot's new compact seven seater MPV or people carrier if you prefer.
It is Peugeot's first entry into the compact MPV segment and is based upon its sister company Citroen's popular Picasso range.
There are three trim grades in the Peugeot 5008 line up: Active, Sport and the top of the range Exclusive. There are two 1598cc petrol engines (5-speed VTi 120 bhp and a 6-speed THP 156 bhp HDi) and four diesel engines a 6-speed manual HDi 110 bhp 1560cc, 6-speed EGC automatic HDi 110 bhp 1560cc, 6-speed manual HDi 150 bhp 1997cc and the automatic HDi 163 bhp 1997cc.
Prices when tested ranged from £17,495 to £24,295 for the top of the range Peugeot 5008 Exclusive HDi 163 Automatic.
We tested the top of the range Peugeot 5008 Exclusive 1.6 Diesel (HDi 110) equipped with the 6 speed EGC automatic gearbox.
How It Drove - Performance
Our test car was fitted with the entry-level diesel power unit coupled to the 6 speed EGC automatic gearbox. The 1560cc HDi 110 FAP diesel engine, which produces 110 bhp @ 4,000 rpm and delivers between 192 lb/ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm, is enough to propel the Peugeot 5008 from 0-60 mph in 12.6 seconds and then on to a top speed of 112 mph.
The 1.6 diesel engine feels quite brisk, being both flexible and responsive. Only on the steepest of hills does it feel a little underpowered but we doubt many would complain.
On the move, you really don't notice that you are driving a diesel vehicle as the sound deadening is very good and overall we really liked the 1.6 HDi engine.
The 6 speed EGC automatic gearbox takes some getting used to because you cannot treat it like a conventional automatic; it is really an electronically controlled manual. We found that it helps to lift off the throttle when changing gear even in automatic mode. There is a manual mode which allows you to shift by using the gearlever or paddles on the steering wheel, but apart from our initial test of the manual mode we kept it in automatic mode. Overall, once used to the hesitance and jerkiness, it seems to have no impact on ultimate acceleration and fuel consumption.
Peugeot quote official fuel consumption figures of 45.6 mpg urban, 62.8 mpg extra urban and 55.4 mpg combined. Overall we averaged 39.1 mpg over 100 miles of mixed driving, with a little bit more care we saw 55 mpg on quiet 'A' roads. Considering our test route and that the engine had barely been run in we consider this figure quite reasonable.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
The Peugeot 5008 drives surprisingly well with minimal body roll, the steering is accurate if a little on the light side. Overall the Peugeot 5008 belies that it is a people carrier, feeling more like an agile hatchback than other MPVs in its class.
Although firm, the suspension seems quite happy soaking up poor road surfaces and only on occasion does it grumble if presented with a pot hole.
Peugeot 5008 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot 5008 Exclusive 1.6|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|Transmission||6-Speed EGC Automatic|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||62.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 19/08/10)||£22,595|