At motorway speeds, the 5008 is refined, with less wind noise compared with a Kodiaq and generally less road noise than an X-Trail. Only when you hit a really worn, coarse section of asphalt do you notice the tyres drone.
The 1.2 petrol is very smooth and the 2.0 diesel isn’t far behind – it’s one of the quietest in the class, in fact, unless you compare it with the rather pricier Audi Q5.
Particularly in the petrol models, the weight of the controls lets the side down a tad. The brakes can be grabby in stop-start traffic and the clutch action is more springy than is ideal. But while the shift quality of the six-speed manual gearbox also leaves a little to be desired, overall it doesn't prevent the powertrain from being pleasant – if not as pleasant as a Kodiaq’s – to engage with. At least the automatic gearbox changes gear smoothly and isn't as hesitant when accelerating from a dead stop as some rivals.
We would, however, implore you not to touch the Sport button. With that mode engaged, you receive uncalled-for speaker-generated noise and an oversensitive accelerator pedal – both of which feel unnecessary in a family-oriented SUV.
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