The Peugeot 5008 is already a great family car. It’s an MPV with all the practicality a growing family would expect, along with enough refinement and comfortable driving style for buyers to traverse long distances on their holidays – even with all seven seats filled.
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The MPV market is shrinking across the globe, however, so like many car makers Peugeot is taking the opportunity to morph its traditional MPVs into something more muscular, in the hope of catching a slice of the booming and profitable SUV market.
That’s why this new version of the 5008 looks nothing like the current car. It’s due to go on sale in February next year, and in its new form it will compete with other mass-market seven-seat SUVs, such as the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Sante Fe, https://www.whatcar.com/news/new-skoda-kodiaq-revealed/ and our Large SUV of the Year, the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Crucially, though, Peugeot will be hoping to undercut its key rivals on price, while offering buyers more equipment and a truly practical package.
What's new on the Peugeot 5008?
Taking styling cues from the recently revealed 3008 small SUV and Peugeot’s Quartz concept car from 2014, the new 5008 looks far tougher than its predecessor – helping the car to appeal to a younger, more upmarket global audience than the traditional MPV market would attract.
The premium image continues inside, where the 5008 has a similar interior layout to the smaller 3008. There’s a fully digital 12.3in virtual instrument display on offer – similar to the type offered in various Audi and VW cars – which can be configured by the driver to show navigation or infotainment information as well as speed; there's also an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen in the centre of the dash. These digital elements mean the new 5008’s interior has far fewer buttons than the current model’s. We haven’t yet tried Peugeot’s latest infotainment software, but the previous version was laggy.
Along with its new look, the 5008 is now significantly longer and wider than the current car, which translates to more knee room for second-row passengers. In most SUVs, passengers in the smaller middle rear seat get a raw deal on leg room and head room, but the 5008 offers three separate seats – something Peugeot says improves practicality and comfort.
The car’s two rearmost seats can be folded down into the boot floor or removed altogether, freeing up more space in the already large boot. In fact, with five seats in place, the 5008 has one of the largest boots in its class, meaning you should be able to transport the whole family and all their luggage with room to spare.
What engines can I choose from in the Peugeot 5008?
Buyers can choose between 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrol engines, or 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels. Since diesel-engined models make up the vast majority of SUV sales in the UK, we’d suggest looking there first. If you’re planning on filling all seven seats most of the time, you’d be served best by the more powerful 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel. If you’re only going to need seven seats occasionally, though, you’re likely to get better fuel economy from the 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel – it will also cost you just £20 per year in car tax thanks to CO2 emissions of 108g/km.
You can also choose from five or six-speed manual gearboxes and a six-speed automatic.
What equipment does the Peugeot 5008 come with?
Exact specifications have yet to be confirmed, but we do know the 5008 will be offered in four specifications: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. The latter two include different styling elements to give the 5008 a more sporty, aggressive look.
Peugeot will offer the latest safety and assistance systems including automatic emergency braking (AEB), which can stop the car if it detects you’re about to have a crash, as well as a driver attention monitor, parking assistance, adaptive cruise control and a 360-deg parking camera. Drivers will also be able to control their smartphones through the car using the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink apps.
How much will the Peugeot 5008 cost?
Peugeot has yet to announce pricing for the new 5008, but we’d expect a significant increase on the £23,130 entry-level price of today’s car to match the 5008’s more premium SUV image. A price of around £28,000 would still allow the 5008 to undercut rivals, such as the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe, which are priced from £28,795 and £31,850 respectively.
How good are the Peugeot 5008's rivals?
Its refreshed image places the 5008 into contention with many of the best family SUVs on the market. Our favourite large SUV at the moment is the Land Rover Discovery Sport, but the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Skoda Kodiaq can all be considered key rivals. To successfully take a slice of this profitable market, Peugeot will need to offer the 5008 at a low price, and entice buyers with plenty of family-friendly technology and practical storage.
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