Peugeot 5008 (2010 – 2017) Review
Peugeot 5008 (2010 – 2017) At A Glance
The first generation of Peugeot 5008 was very much a family-friendly affair, with practicality taking precedence over excitement and style. The 5008 might have become more of an SUV in recent times, but this version is most definitely a seven-seat MPV, competing with the likes of the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and Ford S-MAX.
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Peugeot might call its 5008 a compact MPV but it’s far from small. With seven seats and a bright, roomy cabin there’s a lot of space on offer for a family. There’s a lot of flexibility, too, with a sliding middle row of seats to give between 758 and 823 litres of carrying capacity, or a huge 2506 litres with everything folded flat.
The rearmost row of seats isn’t exactly spacious, but for small children or occasional use it's fine and access is good thanks to a clever mechanism in the middle row of seats.
Add to that an easy-to-drive character, plus comfortable seats and you get a very family-friendly car. The fact that all three seats in the middle row come fitted with Isofix will be a real selling point for those that have more than the two children that car makers seem to generally cater for.
Peugeot offered a pair of 1.6-litre petrol engines with 120PS or 156PS in this generation of 5008, with a third 1.2-litre petrol engine joining the range in the latter stage of the car’s on-sale period. Plus three diesel engines with between 115PS and 163PS.
The lower powered 1.6-litre petrol engine might not be the best suited to the 5008, but the rest of the range offers respectable performance, even that diminutive-sounding 1.2-litre version.
Regardless of engine the 5008 is easy to drive and refined. Motorway cruising is relaxed and, despite the car’s large size, it’s easy to park or manoeuvre in town providing parking sensors are specified. It is a heavy car, but unless you press on particularly hard it remains composed even on twisting country roads.
The facelifted model, introduced in 2014, offers better quality and more standard equipment than earlier cars. It’s certainly more attractively styled than the pre-facelift model, but it doesn’t do quite enough to beat the pricier Ford S-MAX for driver enjoyment nor the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso for style and comfort.
There are three trims across the 5008 range, Access, Active and Allure, although the entry-level Access model was dropped towards the end of the car’s life.
It only offered a basic level of equipment, with a leather steering wheel and air conditioning the stand-out kit, but Active brought useful things like parking sensors front and rear and Allure added more desirable kit like satellite navigation and a panoramic glass roof