Johannesburg – The brand new, second-generation Peugeot 5008 doesn’t simply look fully completely different to its predecessor; based on Peugeot it’s a unique sort of car too.
In a nutshell, the 5008 has morphed from an MPV into an SUV, though it’s actually extra the styling that defines that shift than anything as the inside has comparable performance and there isn’t actually any extra in the best way of off-roading capability aside from a bit of additional floor clearance.
Shifting to an SUV-like design is a particular no-brainer given the mass migration in direction of this sort of automobile and the ensuing shrinkage of the minivan section. Peugeot places it relatively diplomatically by stating that its prospects “now not need to be pigeonholed as drivers of merely utilitarian household autos”, however in plain English it’s a easy case of: MPVs are simply not cool anymore.
No matter all that, we expect Peugeot has finished an excellent job of infusing a complete lot extra cool issue – together with an honest dose of gallic aptitude – into this automobile’s exterior form, however we’ll depart you to make up your personal thoughts on that matter.
This newfound fashion doesn’t come on the expense of practicality.
The 5008 nonetheless gives seating for seven on a wheelbase that’s 165mm longer than that of the intently associated Peugeot 3008. For the file, the brand new 5008 can also be 11mm longer than its predecessor.
It have to be famous although that the third row seats are nonetheless very a lot a ‘youngster solely’ affair – teenagers and adults will match at a push, nevertheless it’s an uncomfortable squeeze that’s greatest left for shorter city journeys. The three particular person center row seats do slide nonetheless, so their occupants may give up a few of their in any other case ample legroom to make issues extra snug within the third row. The center seats, by the way, even have 5 completely different angles of inclination, up from two within the earlier 5008.
The third row seats may fold neatly into little containers on the boot ground, releasing up a really decently sized boot with a capability of round 700 litres. Or you could possibly take away these little again row chairs fully, releasing up a 780 litre boot.
The 5008’s cabin is not only sensible, it’s additionally simply probably the most fashionable within the section, with its swoopy dashboard that includes piano-like switches in satin chrome in addition to the diamond-quilted nappa leather-based seats within the GT Line model that we tried out for every week.
The cockpit actually appears to be like futuristic, nevertheless it’s not excessive and the perceived materials high quality is high notch, though I did discover one small construct high quality niggle across the central touchscreen space the place the 2 dashboard panels have been misaligned.
As is the norm today, you’ll discover screens, screens and extra screens contained in the 5008, together with a 31.2cm digital instrument cluster with customisable display views and a 20.3cm central touchscreen with modern-looking graphics and the newest in phone-mirroring performance. The display and ‘piano key’ system can take a little bit of getting used to as there are not any conventional air flow dials right here, however you’ll in all probability discover it pretty user-friendly when you’re accustomed.
Let’s take a spin
There’s a sure feeling of refinement from the second you hearth it up and on the street the 5008 is impressively insulated and quiet. The experience high quality can also be fairly snug regardless of the fitment of 19-inch wheels. The steering may do with a bit extra suggestions, however that shouldn’t matter to most prospects, who will respect the lightness and general ease of manoeuvrability. Being a contemporary Peugeot, the steering wheel is abnormally small although, which may take some getting used to.
There are two engines to select from – petrol or diesel.
Peugeot despatched us the previous, which is a 1.6-litre turbopetrol unit, good for 121kW and 240Nm, and paired with a six-speed computerized gearbox. All in all, it’s fairly painless to drive and efficiency is ample in most conditions, though on the open street with seven passengers on board you’ll in all probability have to present the engine a little bit of a exercise at occasions.
This automobile could be gentle for its dimension nevertheless it’s nonetheless hauling round 1450kg unladen, and that doesn’t do gas consumption any favours. We managed simply over 10 litres per 100km throughout every week of driving, nevertheless it’s value noting that the majority of that was in dense city site visitors.
Your different possibility is a 2-litre turbodiesel with 110kW and 370Nm, and at a worth premium of simply R20 000 over the 1.6T, you may need to take a severe have a look at this one.
Two specification flavours
Your different selection is between the 2 specs grades: Attract and GT Line.
Each are full of options, together with dual-zone local weather management, keyless begin, cruise management, auto lights and mirrors, Lane Departure Warning, Lively Blind spot detection, six airbags and stability management.
Because you’re getting a lot luxurious within the base mannequin anyway, upgrading to the GT Line is usually concerning the fashion on provide right here, together with 19-inch alloy wheels (versus the Attract’s 18” rims), a sportier grille and a Diamond Black color scheme for the mirrors and roof.
That mentioned, the GT Line does carry some new options to the occasion, together with an upgraded sound system, satnav, a 180-degree parking digicam, auto emergency braking and Nappa leather-based upholstery (instead of the Attract’s material/leather-based combo). A panoramic roof is non-obligatory within the high mannequin.
Is it well worth the cash?
At R584 900 the Peugeot 5008 1.6T GT Line is 40 to 50 grand dearer than a similarly-powered Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, though the French automobile does have a a lot larger stage of normal spec.
Nonetheless, it’s a powerful all-rounder with a particular persona inside and outside that elevates it above your extraordinary mundane household automotive. However you need to be keen to pay the premium, and put your religion in Peugeot’s promise of offering higher after-sales back-up going ahead. On that be aware, a five-year/100 000km service plan and guarantee is normal.