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Peugeot has updated its 5008 seven-seater SUV with more power and a new transmission while retaining its classy French flair intact.

10 Jun 2019


Squarish, boxy MPVs were a common sight on our roads. Almost everyone had one - my family did, even though there's only four of us.

Slowly, this MPV phenomenon was replaced by the advent of the SUV. And along with it came the increasingly popular seven-seater SUV offering, just like the Peugeot 5008 we're reviewing here.

The Peugeot 5008 is a seven-seat SUV that offers lots of style and substance

But the 5008 isn't just your ordinary, practical SUV with two seats plastered in the rear. It comes with added flair and style.

This Pug gets updated

Peugeot has improved the 5008's proposition a little bit more, with a new powerplant and transmission.

Like the 3008, the 5008 now gets an updated 1.6-litre PureTech lump up front that puts out 178bhp and 250Nm of torque. Another update is the two extra cogs in the gearbox, making it an eight-speed automatic.

The 5008 gets a new 1.6-litre turbocharged plant putting out 178bhp and 250Nm of torque

The skin-deep updates come rather quickly, considering the 5008 is just over two-years old now. The lack of a visual update can be forgiven - it still looks just as good.

Is it just a bigger 3008?

You're not wrong to say this, as it does ride on the same platform. The only telling difference is its larger footprint and a more squared-off greenhouse at the rear.

With that, the uncanny resemblance to the 3008 inside comes to no surprise. That isn't a bad thing, as on this side of seven-seat SUVs, it probably is one of the more futuristic spaces we've seen.

The 5008's interior is a clear winner with its classy mix of materials and ease of use

The beautifully crafted interior comes with the latest array of connectivity technologies, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, paired with an easy-to-use 8.0-inch infotainment display.

Highly practical is the 5008, with large door pockets, and storage beneath the second-row carpets... that could be useful. With just the second row concerned, the benefits of the longer wheelbase are immediately apparent.

Here, the seats can slide and recline, offering a generous amount of legroom. For a cosier space, amenities in the second row include fold-out tray tables and sun blinds for the windows.

In-flight meals can be served with the foldable tray tables in the second row

The third row is easily accessible from both sides. Legroom can get a little tight for tall adults, but sliding the second row bench helps in that regard.

If there's no need for it, fold the third row flat and you get a garangutan 780 litres of boot space. Fold the second row too, and it triples to a whopping 2,150 litres.

Does it drive like the 3008?

Just like the 3008, it remains to be a very good cruiser around town. Somehow, the 5008's suspension seems to be more compliant in soaking up bumps than the 3008. This could be due to the extended wheelbase.

Adaptive Cruise Control comes as standard in all variants of the 5008 here

But the 5008 isn't very light on its feet. Despite the bump in power, this Pug takes 9.4 seconds to complete the century sprint, 0.2 seconds slower than the pre-facelift version.

It really doesn't matter though, as you'd be more than happy cruising about comfortably, with Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist keeping the stresses away from driving.

Should I buy one?

At $159,888 (as of 7 June 2019), other seven-seat SUVs do come pretty close in price. The Honda CR-V ($150,999) and the recently launched Seat Tarraco ($159,999) are as generously equipped and practical as this French Pug.

If you're looking for classy flair whilst doing the family run, the Peugeot 5008 is it

But the 5008 still stands tall against its seven-seat peers, as it has the edge with added flair and substance.

If it's about looking and feeling good whilst still having to do the usual family run, the 5008 is the one to go for.
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Car Information

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Price

: $155,888

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1598cc

Horsepower

:

133kW (178 bhp) / 5500 rpm

Torque

:

250 Nm / 1650 rpm

Transmission

:

8-speed (A) EAT8

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

9.4sec

Top Speed

:

222km/h

Fuel consumption

:

17.5 km/L

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