Straight on the back of the excellent Peugeot 3008 crossover SUV last year came the 5008 mid-size MPV from Peugeot.
Lining up against the like of the Citroen C4 Picasso – with which the 5008 shares its underpinnings – Ford S-Max, Vauxhall Zafira and Seat Alhambra, the 5008 continues the trend in the sector of making MPVs more stylish, more versatile and more enjoyable to drive.
With prices ranging between around £17.5K to £24K there are plenty of engines and specifications available, so most buyers should be able to find a combination that suits them.
Faced with a falling large MPV market and the perception of the MPV as unsexy and unwieldy, Peugeot has chosen to introduce new styling, classy yet functional interiors and low-consumption engines for its new large cars like the 3008 and 5008.
As a result, the 5008 looks sharp, adopting the same front face as the rest of the Peugeot family and borros some sleeker lines from some of the smaller Peugeots.
At just over 4.5 metres and 2.1m wide, manoeuvring is not an issue in the 5008, and car-parking feels very much like being in a hatchback.
Access to the front and back is good, while all the rear seats fold down easily – they’re perhaps the most user-friendly in the sector – and fold into the floor to provide a flat load area, from a minimum of 578 litres to a large 1,754 litres.
All 5008 versions have ESP electronic stability programme as standard, all have a EuroNCAP five star safety rating.
Standard kit also electronic stability control, a raft of airbags, electric front windows and door mirrors, air con and automatic electronic parking brake, but most tastes will be catered for at higher specifications or with added options.
In terms of driving, the 5008 feels much firmer than people-carriers of old, making for a more engaging ride with much less body roll, though it’s still plenty comfortable.
A range of powertrains include 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbodiesels that sound like they should be underpowered, but feel responsive and will reward you at the petrol pump. 1.6 petrols are also available, including the star of the Peugeot engine line-up, the 156bhp THP turbo petrol unit that’s torquey and fast.
If economy is the most important factor to you, then consider the 100bhp 1.6-litrediesel, good for 53.3mpg combined with emissions of 140g/km when paired with the manual 6-speed for low running costs.
All told the Peugeot 5008 is a strong all-round unit. The learning curve for MPVs has suddenly sharpened, and as one of the newest of the batch the Peugeot MPV is right at the top.
The styling is strong, the interior is strong, the practicality is strong, the drive is strong. Pick the right engine and the running costs will be excellent. Think of an MPV as a van with windows? Think again. MPVs are back.