2021 Peugeot 5008 long term test review
The stylish Peugeot 5008 seven-seat SUV has just been updated so we're finding out what it's like to live with...
The car Peugeot 5008 Allure 1.2 PureTech 130 EAT8 S&S Run by Kiall Garrett, senior videographer
Why it’s here Will a large SUV cover all bases for a videographer who drives lots of miles and requires plenty of space?
Needs to be practical, comfortable on long journeys and not too expensive to keep running
Mileage 3158 List price £33,035 Target price £30,943 Price as tested £33,610 Official economy 46.0mpg Test economy 42.7mpg Options Celebes blue paint (£575)
26 September 2021 – How much space can I get?
I’ve had my eye on the Peugeot 5008 since we filmed our YouTube video review of it earlier this year. I think it’s a good looker inside and out, magically offering the dimensions of a large, practical SUV without having an awkward or bulky design.
So it stood out as an obvious choice when the time came to choose a car to replace my Mini Countryman. The 5008 has been a regular fixture at our annual Car of the Year Awards and its very light recent facelift seemed like reason enough to plump for one to really get under its skin and see if it’s still a great SUV.
The Mini was just about big enough for my needs, but for all of us What Car? videographers and photographers – where practicality is first and foremost in our requirements – estates or big SUVs like this are the most appealing choices.
I've gone for the 129bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine (‘1.2 PureTech’ in Peugeot speak) with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and the Allure trim. Sitting just above the entry-level Active trim level in Peugeot’s line-up, Allure gets a 10in infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control and a reversing camera with a 180-degree birds’ eye view to help me park.
It might not have heated seats, adaptive cruise control or other luxuries that come with higher trim levels, but it gets all the kit I need. With some of the trims higher up the range, like GT, you only really seem to be paying for some styling tweaks here and there.
The engine choice was pretty simple, too. The 1.2 PureTech is the only petrol engine available with Allure, and I didn’t fancy going for the 1.5 BlueHDI diesel. To get the more powerful 1.6 PureTech petrol or 2.0 BlueHDI diesel, I’d need to go up a few trim levels. I went for the automatic gearbox rather than the manual because I reckon it’s the more relaxing choice given the amount of motorway miles I’ll be doing.
With this engine and gearbox combination, the 5008 has an official fuel economy figure of 46.0mpg. Considering the relatively small three-cylinder petrol unit powering this big SUV, that seems a pretty decent figure. I'll be doing plenty of 'hyper-miling' to see how close I can get to that in real-world driving, but my starting average of close to 43mpg isn't too bad so far.
When it came to options, apart from a nappa leather interior and metallic paint, there wasn’t much to choose. I kept the cloth interior, and added the Celebes blue metallic paint for £575.
I haven’t had the 5008 for long, but I’ve already had a chance to get some miles under its belt. Whether it’s been in town, over rough country roads or on the motorway, it’s offered a really comfortable and calming driving experience. The especially smooth ride on the motorway bodes well for my regular journeys to and from video shoots.
What's impressed me most so far is the 5008’s interior. Considering most of its rivals are, I think, fairly bland and ordinary inside, Peugeot’s ‘i-Cockpit’ is a breath of fresh air. If I’d gone up a trim, I could have had ambient interior lighting and a fancier finish to some of the materials on the dash, but I still think it looks good as it is.
The i-Cockpit setup means the steering wheel is small and you look over it at the driver display, rather than through it. I realise it doesn’t work for everyone, but it does for me – I can have it where I want it without blocking the digital dials.
The icing on the cake is the fact that this is a massive car, so it should take all my camera gear with ease. So with a comfortable ride, interesting interior and big practicality potential, I’m fairly sure I’m going to enjoy my time with the 5008.
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