Why we’re operating it: To find if Peugeot has a category chief on its palms by becoming seven-seat MPV comfort into an on-trend SUV physique
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Life with a Peugeot 5008: Month three
Can this completed SUV take the tough with the graceful? – 24th October 2018
As soon as upon a time, I clung on to the idea that it didn’t matter how an MPV drove, as long as it delivered males, ladies and youngsters, plus the occasional canine or wardrobe, from level to level as simply as attainable. Then I drove a Ford S-Max.
For whereas it’s true that how an MPV drives is much less of a precedence than in your common hatchback purchaser, it’s wonderful the distinction being in a dynamically first rate automotive makes. The mundane drive turns into pleasant, difficult surfaces an apart and the very worst of our roads want increase not more than a quizzical eyebrow.
The issue is that you just are inclined to get used to the positives, and set them as your minimal benchmark. What a automotive does properly is taken with no consideration, and something that goals on the identical mindset however falls beneath that commonplace is a disappointment.
Now, as I transfer on to the Peugeot 5008, you may rush to remind me that it’s undoubtedly, completely not an MPV. Peugeot has gone to large lengths to emphasize its metamorphosis from individuals provider to sports activities utility car. So, despite the fact that the time period multiple-purpose car (MPV) may properly apply to both style, Peugeot is completely sure that the 5008 is an on-trend SUV.
And so the strain ramps up, as a result of I’d argue that, in that philosophical shift, there’s an added crucial to make the automotive higher to drive. The S of SUV stands for sports activities, in spite of everything, and whereas I’m (nearly) intelligent sufficient to understand Lotus received’t be dashing to recalibrate the Evora after a spin within the 5008, that S-Max benchmark nonetheless looms giant in my thoughts. To fulfill its temporary, the 5008 must be dynamically partaking.
Now, nearly 4000 miles in, I’d say the 5008 delivers one thing that’s passable with out ever bringing any of the sizzle that the easiest drivers do, regardless of the very best efforts of the smaller than common steering wheel delivering some directness to the expertise. And – sound the klaxon – it’s notably key that you just don’t improve your wheels to the 19in choices if you would like it to retain composure always.
On a clean street floor it’s completely at its finest, delivering shut physique management and pliancy whereas satisfactorily insulating you and your folks from the worst results of tyre roar and wind noise. For lengthy motorway journeys that’s simply excellent, however throw in some greater bumps, an irregular street floor or a mix of corners and that composure is challenged.
That makes hustling the 5008 an unlikely pastime, even when it does grip surprisingly properly for such a tall automotive. Nor does the Sport toggle add something to the combo, providing not more than elevated engine noise and perkier throttle response.
However does any of this depart me not eager to suggest the 5008? Even in Autocar, dwelling to the automotive fanatic, no. There are higher SUVs (and, hush, MPVs) to drive, however solely marginally so. The shortcomings are there, however by no means strongly sufficient to unravel the compelling case constructed up by myriad positives for this automotive.
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ROBUST FURNISHINGS The elegant, characterful inside is withstanding the worst that the children are throwing at it, from crumbs to spillages.
NAVIGATING NAVIGATION The sat-nav is superb, however capabilities together with postcode enter could possibly be extra simply discovered.
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Don’t decide a guide by its cowl – or an engine by its headline figures – third October 2018
Each time I speak in regards to the 5008, the proverbial elephant comes marching straight into the room. Eyes tighten. Eyebrows increase. Disbelief spills out.
So let’s get it on the market within the open right here and now, so the elephant can get again to the place it belongs. Sure, the 5008 is a seven-seat SUV and, sure, it’s powered by a three-cylinder 1199cc petrol engine.
I’ll settle for the numbers do little to dispel the awkward glances and shuffling from toe to toe. Peaks of 131bhp and 170lb ft don’t set the heart beat racing. A Zero-62mph time of 10.4sec may even lead you to surprise what this automotive is doing in Autocar.
The purpose being, in fact, that the engine, diminutive although it might be, enhances the automotive completely.
I write that with absolute confidence as a result of, up to now month, I’ve pushed the 5008 about 2500 miles. I’ve loved every part from city commutes to seven-up 75-mile spherical journeys to 250-mile runs absolutely laden with the household. All on quite a lot of motorway, A-road, B-road and no matter comes subsequent in line down the meals chain within the piddling lanes of Devon and Pembrokeshire.
Not as soon as – not even absolutely laden and pulling out from a standstill with a big truck bearing down – have I wished for efficiency, or needed to modify my regular driving behaviour.
With shifts ruled by the six-speed auto, it’s a slick, succesful performer that mixes with the stream of visitors with none extra compromise than a light intrusion of noise on the uncommon events that you just push it past about 2200rpm.
This can be a actually particular powertrain – and greater than ok to banish for ever the necessity to add the caveat “…for a three-cylinder” when speaking about it. On this space at the very least, Peugeot (and Citroën) might properly have developed a unit that’s industry-leading, though the folks at Ford may quibble.
The one lingering concern I had when taking assortment of the automotive was round gas financial system. As diesel has been demonised over the previous 12 months or so, it has develop into obvious that a big proportion of automotive consumers have gone on-trend and acquired a petroleum automotive, solely to find that what they purchased doesn’t cowl the variety of miles to the gallon they hoped for. Which, in fact, is each inevitable and why diesel makes a lot sense in sure circumstances.
If I’m sincere, not so way back my default recommendation to any seven-seat SUV purchaser planning to cowl many out-of-town miles would have been to purchase diesel. Now I’m not so certain – though the monetary equation nonetheless hinges on simply what number of miles you cowl (and the emotive one on which pollutant, NOx or CO2, you might be most involved about).
This 5008 is averaging 33.0mpg. I don’t have an equal diesel comparability (having not pushed one as many miles, in the identical approach) however I do know that, over 12,000 miles in a diesel Skoda Kodiaq, I averaged 39.7mpg. Very roughly, that signifies that each mile within the 5008 is costing me round three pence extra in gas than Skoda’s diesel.
Whereas that sounds prefer it might add up, a comparability of this petrol 5008 and the equal 1.5 HDi diesel checklist costs and reductions recommend a £1500 premium for the latter – a distinction that I’d have to drive 50,000 miles to repay. The distinction should you select to lease, nevertheless, is far slighter, as a result of there look like some very attractive provides on the diesel on the market in the mean time. That means there are sellers eager to dump the diesels within the present local weather, or that there’s a higher confidence within the resale values of diesel variations of the automotive. Given the uncertainty, additionally it is attainable that each might apply.
The conclusion I’d draw is that it’s a fluctuating market, and that the reply might change at any given time. However on expertise to date, should you plump for this petrol-engined 5008, you received’t be disenchanted.
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AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION Some say you must get monetary savings and go for the guide. I reckon the auto makes the driving expertise seamless.
EAR-PIERCING ALERTS Dare to step from the 5008 with the important thing nonetheless within the ignition and the following audible alert is loud sufficient to wake the neighbours.
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Life with a Peugeot 5008: Month 2
Struggling for space for storing – 19th September 2018
Is there a smaller glovebox than the 5008’s? Presumably because of taking the trail of least resistance for the conversion to right-hand drive, there may be simply sufficient room for the possession manuals plus, possibly, an precise pair of gloves. The unusually deep and lengthy central storage unit compensates. It’s additionally air-conditioned, so the salad in your sandwiches stays crisp.
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5008 is stuffed with secrets and techniques – fifth September 2018
I’m a giant fan of underfloor storage in vehicles: it’s out of sight and due to this fact safer, it’s nonetheless accessible and oddments will be packed in in order that they don’t rattle round. Full marks to the Peugeot 5008, which options a number of commodious hideaways and cubbies, residing as much as its carry-anything household temporary.
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Life with the Peugeot 5008: Month 1
Welcoming the 5008 to our fleet – 15th August 2018
They are saying you must take your time to fall in love – however, round 30 seconds after settling into the motive force’s seat of the Peugeot 5008, I used to be smitten.
And, earlier than you write in, I do know that sounds an odd factor to say about any automotive, not to mention a Peugeot, however it’s completely true. It’s as a result of this 5008’s cabin is a pleasure to be in and have a look at. The whole lot that you just first see and contact will not be solely nice by way of perceived high quality however attention-grabbing too.
There’s the darkish faux-denim fabric that breaks up the plastic surfaces. The digital sprint show. The ‘piano keys’ that function the infotainment capabilities. The gearlever for the auto ’field, which seems and feels designed, quite than simply plonked in. I might go on.
It’s pleasing, too, that this Attract trim is only one step up the four-strong vary, which begins with Lively and ends with GT Line and GT. It’s described by its maker as “the last word in understated luxurious” and, whereas that assertion is (inevitably) laden with a contact of promoting hyperbole, I’m struggling to think about a mainstream household automotive that appears higher inside or out.
Styling options embody tinted rear home windows, trim enhancements and extra chrome thrives. All of them look good. Throw within the further package it provides too, together with a rear-view parking digicam, upgraded sat-nav and varied driver help methods, and it makes for a extremely aggressive proposition.
This can be a giant seven-seat SUV that retails from properly beneath £30,000 even with the beauty extras – and one which our sister title whatcar.com can already safe you 7-10% reductions on by means of its New Automotive Shopping for service, such is the competitors for gross sales on this sector.
Even so, some context may be wanted to completely clarify my excited response. The Skoda Kodiaq from which I stepped was many nice issues, however its inside was as rigorously purposeful because the Peugeot’s is attention-grabbing. Each work in their very own approach, however inevitably my response was exaggerated by the distinction. Already, you’ll begin to perceive why the prospect to stay with these two seven-seaters back-to-back goes to be such an interesting take a look at.
Consequently, I’ll confront one of many prejudices that’s flitting by means of your thoughts now (I do know you’re considering it as a result of it popped into my head) – specifically, that my joyous response to stepping into the 5008 goes to be short-lived, as a result of Peugeot means French, which suggests fashion over substance and flaky construct high quality. Skoda, in the meantime, means Volkswagen, which suggests German construct high quality.
Sorry, however I don’t purchase it. Stereotypes are often rooted the truth is but additionally are inclined to final lengthy past them being factually correct. Whereas the Skoda was largely trouble-free, I did have a problem with the battery that left me stranded greater than as soon as. Each Peugeot I’ve pushed up to now 5 years – together with a 12 months spent in a 308 SW, which I discovered to be a really superb if not fairly class-leading automotive – has been trouble-free.
Possession surveys present a extra blended view; in most, Skoda outperforms Peugeot. I’m a pattern measurement of 1 however, quite than leap to conclusions, let’s see how this take a look at goes.
Neither is it simply the cabin atmosphere that has received me over, though it’s the standout shock from my first few weeks within the automotive. As you may hope in a big SUV, the cabin is spacious and properly laid out. The youngsters, so usually arduous to please, piped up with out prompting how snug they’re in each the rearmost and center rows of seats. The tape measure suggests they’re proper.
The engine, too, is a shock, though within the sense that it stays a vital focal point. You don’t have to be that previous to take a look at a seven-seat SUV powered by a 1.2-litre engine to suppose that it’s a mixture that can by no means work. The world has, in fact, moved on, and what’s evident already in these first few hundred miles is that it really works simply superb: linked with the auto ’field, it’s clean and succesful sufficient, and the 10.4sec Zero-62mph time isn’t so pedestrian as to be a nuisance.
The query marks are round what price this has on gas financial system, sometimes refinement and the linearity of acceleration. Unladen and round city, 40mpg seems attainable, however out on sooner roads the priority is that it has fairly a thirst. Extra testing will reply that individual query.
To drive, the 5008 has been first rate, if not startling. The intentionally small steering wheel takes some getting used to however, because of my top, doesn’t obscure the sprint (for usually proportioned individuals it might) and really forces you to undertake an attention-grabbing, wristy steering fashion. When it comes to engagement with the street, there’s little, however that’s the norm today, whereas the journey appears principally first rate, solely turning brittle and unsettled on essentially the most damaged of surfaces.
These are the chief criticisms that held it again from scoring greater than a (nonetheless sturdy) three.5 stars in its Autocar street take a look at, however my suspicion is that when the vacation spot is 200 miles away and the spouse, youngsters and baggage are on board, it might not be my first precedence. Once more, we’ll see, as a result of no Autocar reader goes to thank me for recommending a automotive for its atmosphere and practicality alone.
An intriguing six months lie forward, then. The most recent automotive launched by a marque ought to at all times be its finest, however already I believe this 5008 could possibly be the agency’s best in a few years.
On first acquaintance – a 200-mile motorway and B-road drive – there was heaps to like in regards to the 5008. However I couldn’t assist having half a watch on the gas meter for this low-capacity petrol automotive. It was dropping at a sooner charge than my diesel-dominated life has come to count on.
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Peugeot 5008 specification
Specs: Value New £28,780 Value as examined: £29,885 Choices: Metallic paint (£525), ‘black diamond’ roof (£280), 19in alloy improve (£300)
Check Information: Engine 3cyls, 1199cc, petrol Energy 128bhp at 5,500rpm Torque 170lb ft at 1750-4300rpm Kerb weight 1310kg High velocity 117mph Zero-62mph 10.9sec Gas financial system 37.3mpg CO2 117g/km Faults None Bills None
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