Two petrol engines – a 118bhp 1.6 and a gutsy 1.6 turbo – are available, but the HDi diesels make more sense because of their superior fuel economy and pulling power. Peugeot offers a strong and flexible 148bhp 2.0-litre unit, and another version with 161bhp, but the 110bhp 1.6 should be powerful enough to satisfy most buyers.
Comfort is important to MPV buyers, and the 5008's ride is pretty forgiving, although it does thump over sharper bumps. It handles well for an MPV, with well-weighted steering and good grip. The turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre diesel versions come with dynamic roll control, which helps make the 5008 more stable through corners than some other MPVs.
The 5008 is one of the most refined MPVs around. The engines are silky-smooth whether you choose the petrol or diesel; and although you can hear a small amount of wind noise passing over the roof, the 5008 is generally a quiet long-distance cruiser.
The 5008 is competitively priced and affordable to run. All of the engines are pretty low on CO2 emissions and the 1.6-litre diesel averages more than 50mpg - and more than 55mpg if you choose the e-HDi unit with its semi-automatic gearbox. Servicing and insurance bills should be reasonable, too.
The cabin looks classy, with lots of appealing soft-touch plastics, and it also feels like it's built to last. Peugeot hasn't got the best reputation for reliability, but the 5008 is closely related to the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, which was the top-rated MPV in the 2009 JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Occupants in the front seats are protected by front and side airbags, while curtain airbags run the full length of the cabin. Stability control is fitted as standard to help you avoid an accident in the first place. Security kit across the range includes deadlocks, marked parts and an integrated stereo.
There's a wide range of adjustment and a good driving position, but the lever for changing the angle of the seat back is fiddly and awkwardly placed. You have to stretch to reach some of the centre console controls, too, and the front pillars can obstruct your view at junctions. The electronic handbrake is easy to use.
The 5008 has space for seven and its three full-size middle-row seats slide and recline. Adults can fit in the rear pair, but they're better suited to kids. All five rear seats fold away quickly to leave a long, flat load area and even with all the seats in place, there's enough space for a few bags of shopping.
Entry-level Access models come with air-conditioning and front electric windows, while SR trim adds sat-nav. Our favourite Active trim replaces this with rear electric windows, cruise control and rear parking sensors, while range-topping Allure versions add a range of things including a panoramic glass roof.
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