What Car? Car of the Year awards 2010 - MPV winner

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The winner
Peugeot 5008 1.6 HDi 110 Active

List price £18,794
Target price £18,794

Big MPVs tend to be bought out of necessity rather than desire, but the best ones fulfil both considerations. Peugeot’s new 5008 does, and that’s why it’s a convincing winner here.

Admittedly, Peugeot had a bit of help creating the Peugeot 5008. It shares much with the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso, our MPV of the Year for the previous three years. Using the same platform as a basis, the same versatile seven-seat layout and the same refined, punchy 1.6-litre diesel engine gave the 5008 a head start, but Peugeot has taken the baton, run with it and created a car that’s even better.

It doesn’t hurt that the 5008 looks good. Its sleek styling is a million miles away from any ‘van-with-windows’ preconceptions.

Inside job
The heart of a great MPV is on the inside, though, and it’s here that the Peugeot is really compelling. Everyone on board can enjoy the classy ambience and top-quality materials, and there’s plenty of space, with three good-sized middle-row seats that slide and recline individually. The two seats behind them are comfortable for all but the tallest adults, while a flat floor and large doors make access easy.

If you need to swap between passenger and load space, it couldn’t be easier to fold any of the five rear seats in and out of place.

What separates the 5008 from some of its rivals is that it’s enjoyable to drive. The ride is
a little firm, but it’s not uncomfortable. The steering is responsive, excellent refinement makes long family journeys more bearable and the quiet, flexible 1.6-litre diesel engine ensures that you won’t have to stop too often for fuel.

At £18,395, the Active model is good value and comes with air-conditioning, stability control and six airbags – desirable kit for what we think is the most desirable MPV around.

What Car? Car of the Year awards 2010 - Security winner


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