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Peugeot 5008 2017 review

EXPERT RATING
7.5
Peugeot's 5008 is a longer version of the 3008, which launched in Europe in early 2016. It’s 190mm longer, in fact, but the net yield in interior space far outweighs that seemingly minor increase.

Looking for an SUV? Is Peugeot on your shopping list? I'm not surprised it isn’t, really. It’s a brand in what consultants would call a ‘rebuilding phase’, and the lack of modern SUVs has been a real Achilles heel.

The 5008, however, might just become one of the historic French brand’s saving graces as it looks towards its 130th birthday as a carmaker.

SUV? Check. Seven seats? Yep. Normal auto? All here. Any good? Read on…

Peugeot 5008 2018: GT
Safety rating
Engine Type2.0L turbo
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency4.8L/100km
Seating7 seats
Price from$49,990

Is there anything interesting about its design?  8/10

The 5008 is essentially a longer version of the 3008, which launched in Europe in early 2016. It’s 190mm longer, in fact, but the net yield in interior space far outweighs the seemingly minor increase.

Its design mimics the 3008 in every way, save for that extra length and longer wheelbase. For mine, it gives the 5008 a genuine presence the 3008 perhaps lacks.

Its design mimics the 3008 in every way, save for that extra length and longer wheelbase. Its design mimics the 3008 in every way, save for that extra length and longer wheelbase.

That tiny rear overhang and the way the 19-inch rims fill the guards of our top spec GT tester make it look even cooler.

How practical is the space inside?  8/10

We sampled a 5008 GT over a 500km trip in France, and we came away incredibly impressed by the sheer flexibility of the interior.

We came away incredibly impressed by the sheer flexibility of the interior. We came away incredibly impressed by the sheer flexibility of the interior.

As mentioned, it’s a five-door, seven-seat SUV that sits in the medium SUV category, and it’ll rival other seven-seaters like the Mitsubishi Outlander and Skoda Kodiaq.

The key to the 5008’s flexibility is the way the second row is set up. Instead of two nice outside seats and a lumpy centre naughty stool, the 5008 has three individual chairs mounted to their own sliding rails, allowing for people to arrange themselves with maximum legroom if there’s no luggage.

The second row features three individual seats. The second row features three individual seats.

Seriously, with the second row slid all the way back, it’s like a Gold Coast Hummer limo back there.

The third row consists of two fold-flat jump seats, sized to suit pre-teens or ballerinas, and requiring co-operation from the second row to make them at all comfortable. 

The third row seats are quite small. The third row seats are quite small.

A single espresso-sized cupholder is provided for jump seaters, but there are no vents. The second row gets three ISOFIX points (at least in European spec), vents and USB ports, but misses out on cupholders.

A pair of cupholders resides up front, while bottles can be stowed in all four doors.

Slide the second row forward, and there’s 952 litres of boot space to play with, and a van-like 2150 litres when all seats are stashed.

Slide the second row forward, and there’s 952 litres of boot space to play with. Slide the second row forward, and there’s 952 litres of boot space to play with.

Up front, a huge centre console bin is large enough to keep small animals in, while an inductive charger bay serves to hide phones easily.

The joystick-style shifter is nice, and annoying, in equal measure. Turn the car off with the on/off button, and the car instantly engages Park and the handbrake without being asked, but it requires a retraining of the brain to depress a thumb-activated lock switch to engage forward or reverse.

Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?  7/10

Absolutely zero specs on the 5008 have been released for Australia, as it’s not expected to land until early in 2018.

If we were to hazard a guess, though, we’d suggest the 5008 would go pretty close to echoing the trim levels of the 3008, though it may not be offered in base Active form.

This leaves the Allure and GT-Line, which would be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, and the range-topping GT, which uses a punchy little 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.

We expect a long list of inclusions, like a 12.3-inch digital dash with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We expect a long list of inclusions, like a 12.3-inch digital dash with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As for content, expect the 5008 to echo the high base content level of the 3008, with a long list of standard inclusions like AEB, inductive phone charging, a 12.3-inch digital dash, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, and more.

What are the key stats for the engine and transmission?  8/10

With no specs on offer, we can only speculate that the 5008 will share the 3008’s pair of engines.

Peugeot’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 121kW/240Nm. Peugeot’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 121kW/240Nm.

Peugeot’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 121kW/240Nm, is a likely starter, along with a 133kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. 

A traditional six-speed auto transmission is likely for the entire range, and front-wheel drive will be the only driveline on offer.

How much fuel does it consume?  7/10

After a 500km run over freeways, B-roads and city centres, we saw a dash-indicated figure of 6.9 litres per 100km. No official figures are being offered for Australia yet, but Peugeot's combined fuel economy claim for Europe is 6.4L/100km.

What's it like to drive?  8/10

Despite the 5008’s similarity to the 3008, the two have slightly different characteristics.

The 12.3-inch digital dash is very easy to use, and its flat finish makes it easy to read. The 12.3-inch digital dash is very easy to use, and its flat finish makes it easy to read.

Peugeot says it tweaks its suspension to suit the heavier diesel driveline, and we reckon it’s probably a nicer tune than the occasionally brittle ride coming from the petrol-powered 3008 we tested at the same time.

The longer wheelbase, too, helps to settle the car over irregular bumps, and even the brake feel is more progressive.

Otherwise, it’s all but indiscernible from its smaller sibling on the road, with excellent noise suppression and good visibility all around, despite a slightly small rear window.

Warranty & Safety Rating

Basic Warranty

5 years / unlimited km warranty

ANCAP Safety Rating

ANCAP logo

What safety equipment is fitted? What safety rating?  7/10

Still too early to determine what will be coming to Australia in final spec, but curtain airbags and AEB are a safe bet, as well as front and rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera across the line-up.

What does it cost to own? What warranty is offered?  7/10

Still too early to predict what the costs of fixed price servicing will be, and what warranties will apply.

We suspect Peugeot’s new distributors in Australia will introduce fresh measures to try and re-instill confidence in its brand – the last few years haven’t been kind to Peugeot owners, and there is a lot of work to do to convince buyers that the iconic brand is worth a shot.

Other Peugeots in the range have three year/100,000km warranties, combined with free roadside assistance, while the diesel 308 costs on average $740 per fixed price service for five services.

Pricing Guides

$52,990
Based on 71 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$39,790
Highest Price
$61,000

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
ALLURE 1.6L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $39,790 – 46,990 2018 Peugeot 5008 2018 ALLURE Pricing and Specs
ALLURE 1.6L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $39,790 – 46,990 2018 Peugeot 5008 2018 ALLURE Pricing and Specs
CROSSWAY 1.6L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $37,730 – 44,440 2018 Peugeot 5008 2018 CROSSWAY Pricing and Specs
GT 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $49,990 – 61,000 2018 Peugeot 5008 2018 GT Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.5
Design8
Price and features7
Practicality8
Engine & trans8
Fuel consumption7
Driving8
Safety7
Ownership7

“Our drive revealed nothing of Australian specs, but we can say the 5008 is the most exciting vehicle to come from the company in a long while.”

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