Motoring: Peugeot's new 5008 is a solid family SUV with lots of extras - The Rugby Observer

Motoring: Peugeot's new 5008 is a solid family SUV with lots of extras

Rugby Editorial 5th Feb, 2021   0

Peugeot 5008 Allure 1.5L Blue HDi 130 S&S

MY latest road test puts me in the driving seat of the new Peugeot 5008 Allure, writes Tony Yates.

First off, the 5008 is a great looking SUV with some wonderful swooping lines flanking its sides along with lots of LED technology not only on the outside but also on the inside.

Of course, all new vehicles nowadays come with what I call ‘supercomputers’ installed at the very heart of the machine keeping all the various safety and electronic control systems in check – so you can be assured if you make a wrong move an ‘electronic aid’ can be there to steer you in the right direction and out of trouble.

This in my book is good. Yes, I know it will need to be plugged into a diagnostic machine every time you want to change a wiper blade, but this is the future and its time we started embracing it.

Also, if we look at the current SUV market at the moment, it’s flooded and it’s becoming almost impossible to decide on what’s hot and what’s not.

You could, of course, ask me, but I will just tell you to buy what makes you feel good.

But, if you are still struggling, then remember the Peugeot 5008 is now something you can’t ignore because it looks good, drives fantastic and does not cost the earth.

Power and Efficiency:

The 5008 I had on test was powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged inline 4-cylinder diesel engine that has 129BHP on tap, which also happens to boast a very respectable top speed of 119mph, plus a 0-62 time of 11.1 seconds.

Fuel consumption is also very good with a combined figure of around 50-60mpg.

A big plus point for this car though is its 300Nm of torque which allows it to pull very well from pretty much any gear thanks to a brilliant 6-speed gearbox that does a proper job of changing up and down the gears at a decent rate with minimal fuss.

Although, where was one small part I found quite annoying – I found I was changing up and down the gears an awful lot to keep the 5008 in the powerband.

Maybe I’m being picky, but it would not be a motoring review if I did not tell you.

On the road:

First off – the 5008 does have great chassis, along with a suspension setup that’s keen to keep you on the road at all times.

I also found the grip levels to be really good, even when cornering at high speed.

The steering is also direct, which means the 5008 feels tight and taught and agile into the corners.

I’m going to say that Peugeot has done a pretty good job of getting the whole package to work together and I have no issues in saying that it performs well out on the open road for an SUV.

Interior & Technology:

The interior is of a good standard – with lots of chrome fittings and clear LED displays. Along with a decent amount of standard equipment such as; Eco LED headlights, ‘Saber style’ LED daytime running lights with integrated LED indicators, LED side indicators integrated into door mirror, LED rear number plate lighting, LED rear lights including reversing lights, scrolling indicators and PEUGEOT ‘3 Claw Effect’ light signature with daylight function, Bi-tuner radio including DAB, Bluetooth® telephone facility, Connected 3D Navigation with automatic connection via PEUGEOT Connect, TomTom® Live updates, and SpeedCam/Danger Zones warnings, Mirror Screen® – Android Auto and Apple CarPlayTM, 6-speaker radio, MP3 compatible, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with REF (Electronic Braking Distribution) and AFU (Emergency Braking Assistance), Airbags – adaptive driver and front passenger airbags (includes passenger airbag deactivation function), driver and front passenger side airbags, front and rear curtain airbags, CDS (Dynamic Stability Control) and ASR (Electronic Anti-skid System)Cruise control and speed limiter with intelligent speed adaption and PEUGOET i-Cockpit® – configurable 12.3” head-up digital instrument panel, 10.0” High Definition capacitive touchscreen and compact multifunction leather steering wheel.

To sum up:

I’m going to give the 5008 four stars in this test because I believe it’s a good family SUV with bags of extras and a decent engine that’s tied to a pretty good chassis.

Price: From £33,405 OTR (as tested)


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