What is it?
Peugeot’s approach to the seven-seat compact MPV has impressed us so far when tested in diesel form, but this is our first experience of it with a petrol engine.
Two petrol engines are available – an entry-level 120bhp VTi 1.6-litre unit and the model tested here, the more powerful turbocharged 156bhp THP 1.6. Petrol models are expected to account for around 35 per cent of the expected 5000 annual 5008 sales, with around one in three of petrol models sold being this range-topper.
Peugeot is pitching the 1.6 THP as a direct rival to the Ford S-Max by aiming to offer sharper dynamics and making its MPV into a real driver’s car. The company describes it as a car you'd want to drive on your own and not just something in which to drive the family around.
Three trim levels are offered – Active, Sport and Exclusive – and our test engine is only available with the two top trims. Exclusive spec adds extras such as a panoramic glass roof, a head-up display, dual-zone climate control and 17-inch alloys.
As in all other 5008s, it features PSA’s Multiflex seating system, which is versatile enough to seat seven in comfort.
What’s it like?
Initial impressions are positive. Most noticeable is the 177lb ft of torque, which is available from just 1400rpm. This allows for impressive off-the-line pace and a 0-62mph time of less than 10 seconds, not bad for a car weighing more than one and a half tonnes. This healthy slug of torque inspires confidence, especially when overtaking.