TEST DRIVE: Peugeot 5008
The largest model in Peugeot’s SUV range, the 5008 is not messing about – for lack of a more technical term.
On initial inspection it looks like a spaceship, and almost hovering on monster 19in. alloys amid a mass of pootling cruise-shippers, it moves a little like one too.
Shiny chrome panelling sweeps across its mighty 4.5m length while its angular ends are studded with futuristic LED lights. But with a slightly smaller footprint than the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90, it remains comfortably out of the ‘too big for Guernsey’ bracket while offering space and height aplenty in the cabin.
With a luxurious leather interior and premium finishes throughout, the 5008 comfortably seats a total of seven passengers – extremely comfortably if you’re in the driving which comes with a five-mode massage chair and all manner of lumbar support and positioning at the touch of a button. Rear passengers haven’t been forgotten either, with folding tray tables and window blinds making longer journeys or catering to busy little ones a breeze.
Peugeot have gone all out. Equal parts SUV, MPV and luxury vehicle, the 5008 carries over many of the features packed into the 3008. Its super-sporty, sophisticated looks and responsive, agile drive feel almost the same, but its boxier, bulkier body means you have ample room to transport the whole family plus friends (or a small elephant if you folded the seats down) in comfort and luxury. Despite its imposing figure, it manages to feel light and effortless to drive, especially with blind spots, incoming objects and tricky parking spots covered by the 360-degree camera.
For its price point, it’s packed with a remarkable amount of kit. Tech lovers are indulged with an 8in. full-colour touchscreen, Apple and Android smartphone mirroring, self-parking, DAB radio and Bluetooth, to name but a few features. And even the most safety conscious drivers can relax safe in the knowledge that the award-winning 5008’s safety provisions are second to none.
VERDICT: The 5008 has all the practicality of a multi-person vehicle but still manages to rival the luxury SUV market’s top contenders. It’s an easy choice for those who want to cruise in a premium setting and be able to throw anything from the shopping to the kids to the dogs in the back. Superb handling and absorbent suspension make it comfortable and capable no matter the road ahead.
FACTS & FIGURES
Model tested: Peugeot 5008 GTLine Pure Tech 180A in Cumulus Grey
Engine: 1.6 litre
0-62mph: 8.3 seconds
Top speed: 135mph
Power: 181bhp, 250Nm
Extras: Price includes RPI protection, tyre and alloy cover and CARS.
To book your test drive, call 01481 230641 or visit www.motor-mall.co.uk