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The Top Gear car review:Peugeot 5008
What is it like on the road?
You might think it impossible that 1.2 litres and three cylinders could provide enough motive force to propel something as heavy and bulbous as the 5008 at anything more than walking pace. You would be wrong, however, because so equipped with Peugeot’s quiet, refined and tractable turbo petrol the 5008 performs perfectly adequately.
Granted, we didn’t fill it up – if you regularly carry many people and things, a torquier engine would make for a less strained and therefore more efficient drive – but if it’s just a couple of kids and a bootload of shopping, you’ll manage just fine. Expect mid-low 40s mpg from the manual, which is easy- and smooth-shifting. Said petrol manual is the only 5008 we’ve driven in the UK. We drove the big diesel on the launch in Spain a few months ago – the 2.0-litre with 180bhp – but it was noisy and the auto gearbox wasn’t up to much. And it’s expensive, so skip it.
The petrol handles better than the diesel too, because there’s so much less weight over the nose. Though there is a Sport button (which doesn’t do much, as far as we could tell), this is a car that’s been set up to deliver comfort above all else. It’s quiet and comfortable most everywhere, but start to drive it a bit quickly, and the mass starts to feel at odds with the quick steering.