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Peugeot's 5008 compact MPV is a car that's easy to overlook but rewarding if you give it a chance. Andy Enright takes a look at the revised range.

The Peugeot 5008 is a top drawer compact MPV that's been recently improved with more equipment and sleeker styling. Curiously ignored by the British public, this is one people mover that deserves a fairer crack of the whip.

It's a strange but often overlooked fact that the best selling cars aren't always the best cars in their respective classes. They might be the best marketed, they may have the broadest dealer networks and the most enterprising financial offers, but in terms of the metal on display, well, life can be anything but meritocratic. In the past, Peugeot has been the beneficiary of this fact, its rather mediocre but pretty 206 hatchback selling like hot cakes. The flipside of that coin is that it's had some really good cars on its books in recent years that have remained resolutely glued to dealership floors. Perhaps it's a legacy of all those 206 and 307 buyers turning against the brand, but come afresh to Peugeot and you'll find some talented tackle. The 5008 has been refreshed to keep it looking and feeling contemporary and it deserves a place on your compact MPV shortlist.

The engine line consists of five powerplants; two petrols and a trio of diesels. The 1.6-litre HDi has 110bhp and is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or the 6-speed robotised automatic. With the 2.0-litre HDi, there's a conventional automatic option supplementing the manual but the two gearboxes come with different power outputs. Manual customers have to make do with 150bhp while the auto model's engine is upgraded to 163bhp. On the petrol front, there's a 1.6-litre VTi unit with 120bhp or the 156bhp 1.6-litre THP which uses a turbocharger to boost performance. The suspension is tuned for comfort but Peugeot claims that it will still deliver an engaging drive in what is a substantial vehicle. The front suspension features an anti-roll bar to maintain stability and the set-up at the back uses a conventional torsion beam. Ease of manoeuvrability is vital in a big family vehicle like the 5008 and Peugeot is offering a series of driver aids to make things easier. Front and rear parking sensors are supplemented by a system that measures roadside parking spaces and gives an indication of whether the 5008 will fit.

The 5008's face has changed and changed for the better. The old 'letterbox' front grille has been replaced by the floating-effect item that's already proved such a hit with buyers choosing the Peugeot 208 and 2008. It's flanked by revised headlights with a LED signatures built into the lower portion. There are also chromed trims to emphasis the C-shaped design of the fog lights. The colour palette has been given a mixing with nine colours available, amongst which are Rich Oak and Artense Grey, finished with extra chrome trim around the windows. The selection of alloy wheels has also been changed with diameters from 16" to 18" and the addition of a 17" diamond Anthra Grey rim. The 5008's square rear is designed for practicality first and foremost with a low loading lip and a wide tailgate. Carrying capacity will be a major selling point for the 5008 as the vehicle is able to take 758-litres of cargo with five of its seven seats occupied. Fold all of the seats down and up to 2,506-litres can be levered in. Peugeot boasts that the vehicle has a total glazed area of 5.77 cubic metres to aid visibility and increase light levels in the cabin. This is achieved through the large windscreen and deep side windows as well as by the full-length sunroof. All the seats fold flat to create a practical load floor and access to the third row is aided by a clever mechanism on the outermost seats in the second row. In one movement, the seat cushion lifts and the seat back moves forward to create enough space for passengers to enter through the side door without clambering. Storage capacity is plentiful in all models thanks to large door pockets, a glovebox and an air-conditioned centre console storage bin to keep drinks cool.

Prices start at just under £19,000 for the Access 1.6-litre VTi 120bhp model which squares up pretty well considering an entry-level petrol-engined Vauxhall Zafira Tourer would require £21,000 plus change. Given that the Peugeot will average 40.9mpg, that's over a year's 'free' fuel in effect. Of course, most buyers in this class will look to a diesel engine and many 5008 buyers look no further than the 1.6 HDi. This is probably best chosen in manual guise as the ETG robotised gearbox isn't a particularly delightful item. Equipment levels were always a 5008 strong point and the latest car packs even more kit inside. Without taking your eyes off the road, a single glance at the Head Up Display is all it takes to know the speed of the vehicle and the distance from the vehicle in front, thanks to the Distance Alert. The angle and brightness of the display are controlled by means of switches arranged within easy reach on the centre console. Close-by, on the dashboard, the screen for the audio-navigation and the trip computer is retractable. The front and rear parking assist systems can be supplemented by a reversing camera. Installed on the tailgate, its image is reproduced on the dashboard screen and indicates the outline of the vehicle in its surroundings using coloured markings. The available space measurement system informs the driver when the size of a parking space is suitable. From a safety perspective, the 5008 makes sense with plenty of airbags, ESP and ABS standard throughout the range.

Much of the 5008's underpinnings are shared with the popular Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, a car that's renowned for low running costs: this Peugeot follows suit. The entry-level diesel in manual guise gets 56.4 miles to the gallon on the combined cycle and emits just 128g/km. Go for the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel and the manual is good for 53.3mpg while the auto exacts quite a penalty at 44.8mpg. Don't overlook the petrol engines. Even the more punchy THP 156bhp unit betters 40mpg and on a long journey, the long-legged gearing could see you top 50mpg. The 60,000 mile (or three-year) warranty isn't the most generous in the industry and the 1.6-litre diesel has relatively short service intervals at just 12,500 miles. The rest of the range need the once over every 20,000 miles. Residual values for an entry-level diesel are about half a point better at 33.9 per cent after three years/36,000 miles when compared to the market leader, the Zafira Tourer, and overall pence per mile figures weigh in the Peugeot's favour too at 59.76ppm versus 64.14.

The Peugeot 5008 needs a bit of a push. Spend the week with one and you'll wonder why you don't see more of them. It drives well, it's eminently practical, the pricing is good, efficiency and safety are excellent and it now even looks the part. A bit of promo and this car deserves to be doing as well as its Citroen cousin, the Grand C4 Picasso. Peugeot's problem is that it only has a finite budget for this sort of thing and the priorities are the big hitters like the 208 and the 308, so we're guessing that the 5008 will continue to be labelled an underachiever. There's an honesty and integrity about the 5008 that appeals. It isn't trying to be some sort of lifestyle crossover vehicle where you need bronzed skin, a kitesurfing kit and no visible means of income. It's a car for the real world, for kids that drop drinks and dogs that do worse. At this it excels and that ought to be enough.

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Overview

Have you just had another child? Or are you planning to grow your family, but wondering how you’re going to get them from A to B? Then maybe you’re looking to invest in a bigger car than the one you already have? Read on to see if the latest Peugeot 3008 lease is the perfect one for you.

Key Peugeot 5008 Points

The Peugeot 5008 granted all of our wishes when it made its debut in 2008. The super stylish MPV is available for you in three trims types, Access, Active and Allure, and rather than boggle your brain with all the different engine specifications, we will just say that the Peugeot 5008 is completely adaptable and that you can choose whether you want it to be diesel or petrol, manual or automatic and just to be brief, the engine sizes are 1.6 and 2.0 litre. The interior of the Peugeot 5008 is incredibly comfortable and everything about it accommodates you and your family’s needs, putting you all first, every single time. An amazing special feature that can be added is an entertainment system in the back of the headrest to keep the children entertained, definitely worth the extra cost for those long journeys that are to be had! You’ll thank us later.

Why Lease a Peugeot 5008

The Peugeot 5008 is hands down, the straight forward choice for you to lease to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. It allows all of your family to fit in comfortably, it gives you an amazing drive with excellent views and a panoramic sun roof, just to be super snazzy! Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Peugeot 5008 is matchless in fuel efficiency and don’t forget that you can configure the specifications to the way you prefer to drive. Just don’t lease it in lime green!

Five reasons to lease a Peugeot 5008

  • Family-friendly
  • Adaptable
  • Safe
  • Entertaining
  • Fuel efficient

Conclusion

Overall, we’d say the Peugeot 5008 just about ticks all of those boxes when you’re looking for a stylish, family-friendly, safe and entertaining MPV to start making those family memories.

Resources

As good as we are At All Car Leasing we can’t possibly know everything about the Peugeot 3008, so for further information on the Peugeot 5008 why not check out the following resources –

The official Peugeot 5008 page

The Peugeot 5008 reviews on Car Buyer

Peugeot 5008 owner’s club.