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The Top Gear car review:Peugeot 5008
For:Refined, spacious, practical and OK to drive. For a Peugeot MPV
Against:Ride could be a little better and styling won't appeal to all
1.6 BlueHDi 120 Active 5dr
What we say:
Seven-seat cousin to the 3008 is much of the same, just a bit more practical
What is it?
It’s Peugeot’s large MPV, a replacement for the outdated 807 of old. The French company is going through a rejuvination of late, and the 5008 is the perfect illustration of that. Now more polished thanks to a 2014 facelift.
There’s bags of room inside and the interior is brimming with clever features. Cavernous though it may be, the 5008 is also very refined. Peugeot’s engineers have worked on the handling too, so it’s not a bad car to drive down a B-road.
The 1.6 and 2.0-litre HDi engines are the obvious choice. The 120bhp 1.6 is more than competent and it’s by far the most frugal, but there’s always the 2.0-litre versions if you fancy a bit more torque. Also on offer is a 1.2-litre turbo, but MPVs are best had with a diesel.
For the most part, the 5008 rides well, but it’s also quite engaging to drive as far as MPVs go, so the firmer than average suspension makes itself known over the odd rough surface. It’s not awful, though, and when you factor in the Peugeot’s refinement, sharp steering and strong grip, the driving experience as a whole is pretty well rounded, especially for a big old people carrier like this.
On the inside
Practicality is the 5008’s trump card. There’s space for seven and the rearmost seats are more roomy than you’d expect. All the middle-row seats slide and recline individually and it’s really easy to fold them down and remove them completely. Fold them all down or remove them all and you’ve got yourself a nice van.
Up front, the cockpit is extremely classy and well laid out with a plush centre console. The layout could be slightly clearer, and some of the controls on the centre console are really rather fiddly, but other than that it’s OK. You sit high, so all-round visibility is good.
Spec is pretty poor at the basic level, so you’re better off going for a mid-range model with a diesel. The 1.6 HDi 120 diesel engine returns 65.7mpg and 113g/km, so it’s exceptionally cheap to run for a large MPV.