What is it?
A facelifted version of the Peugeot 5008, a seven-seat MPV that’s offered with a wide range of equipment and engines.
The 5008 was well received, following its launch in 2010. New competitors have arisen though, including the sleek-looking Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, so Peugeot has moved to revitalise its now four-year-old model.
The 2014 version of the 5008 subsequently benefits from Peugeot’s recently revamped front-end styling, including a new grille, redesigned headlights and additional chrome trim.
What’s it like?
Being a people carrier, practicality is the order of the day – and the Peugeot still excels in this respect. Inside you’ll find plenty of space for the first and second-row occupants; even adults can just about squeeze into the third row, if needs must.
It’s only a shame that the interior is a little drab, with the materials used being both dark and dull, despite the addition of a panoramic sunroof.
There are myriad touches that make the 5008 effortlessly easy to live with, including rear seats that drop with a quick pull of a strap.
Other neat features, such as an integrated torch, serve to further improve the 5008’s gratifying day-to-day usefulness. There’s no standard spare wheel though, frustratingly.
Kit levels are adequate throughout the range, with the range-topping Allure model tested here including sat-nav, a reversing camera, cruise control, a head-up display and climate control.
On the road the 5008 proves a remarkably pleasant car to drive. It handles tidily, is easy to manoeuvre, rides well and isn’t excessively noisy on the move.
The 1.6-litre diesel engine is a refined and flexible choice, offering up adequate performance and a decent claimed 54.3mpg average.
Many will no doubt also appreciate the 5008’s five-star Euro NCAP rating, an important factor when considering a family car.
Some buyers may be better off opting for one of the 2.0-litre diesel versions though; when the 5008 is fully loaded they may well prove both more relaxing to drive and more economical.
Should I buy one?
The revisions haven’t really changed much, but if you’re in the market for a seven-seat MPV, then the Peugeot 5008 is definitely worthy of consideration.
Despite being an older car though, the facelifted Peugeot costs £745 more than a similarly specified and all-new Citroën Grand C4 Picasso.
While the Peugeot doesn’t quite have the visual or technological flair of the new Picasso, however, its tried-and-tested nature may prove more desirable to some.
Peugeot 5008 Allure HDi 115
Price £24,000; 0-62mph 12.9sec; Top speed 115mph; Economy 54.3mpg; CO2 135g/km; Kerb weight 1699kg; Engine 4cyls, 1560cc, turbocharged, diesel; Power 114bhp at 3600rpm; Torque 200lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual

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