The Peugeot 5008 family is a nirvana with a small engine, and a large boot.
What is it?
The Peugeot 5008 is the smallest engine in the largest Peugeots. It starts at PS32,995 for our second-level trim or PS31,145 for base Active Premium. This makes it a great value for money.
Peugeot’s turbo-charged petrol engine, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-engine, produces 129bhp, 170lbft and is mated to a six speed manual. These figures are higher than those of the Skoda Kodiaq but the Pug can manage with 300cc less. The 0-62mph times of both cars are only a fraction off each other.
The 5008’s comparatively small 1492kg kerbweight will help to boost the headline acceleration. This is a remarkable figure considering how much space there is. The Kodiaq’s 952 litres of storage capacity is also available in 5-seat mode thanks to the folding rear seats. This figure increases to 2042 litres when everything is folded.
In 2020, the 5008 received a facelift that brought the styling in line with the Peugeot 208 or 508. It’s like its siblings. However, the 5008 is one of the most handsome cars in its class.
Peugeot’s new iCockpit layout is used in the interior. It features a 10.0in touchscreen infotainment screen (mercifully, there are some buttons below) and a 12.3in digital dial cluster.
It is mostly relaxing. Although the engine isn’t very dynamic, it blends into the background gently and purrs away. If you rev the engine, it occasionally emits a bit of three-cylinder thrum. It is certainly more refined than the four-cylinder in the Kia SorentoPHEV.
It takes just 10 seconds to go from 0 to 62. While it isn’t fast, there’s enough torque to ensure that it doesn’t feel like it needs to be thrashing in order to make good progress. It is more at home on motorways, where the car can cruise quietly in the sixth gear.
You will need to put in a little more effort on back roads due to the higher gear. 50 mph is just under 2000rpm at sixth gear, so you will need to shift down to fifth in order to keep the petrol turning in its happy place. Although the ‘box doesn’t feel too heavy, it’s not a tedious chore.
The ride is also not that great. The ride is mostly calm and composed but it can be a little too tense over bumpier terrain. Although it’s not disturbing, it’s not what you would expect from a large French family wagon.
Do I need one?
My favorite thing about a car is its value for money. Even though the fuel economy isn’t great, this is a very practical family car. Although it isn’t dynamic, it’s comfortable and well-built. The price and looks make it a great choice for your family.
For company car owners, you will need to consider other options. This 5008 is in the 34% tax bracket, despite its small turbo triple engine. It emits 145g/km. This would make a huge monthly tax bill for a brown MPV-cum/SUV family.