So long as the engine had enough about it to transport its potentially numerous occupants to their destination in a timely fashion, the notion of ‘performance’ has traditionally weighed lightly on the minds of prospective MPV buyers.
Now that Peugeot has disguised its people-carrier as a luxurious sports-utility vehicle, this way of thinking no longer applies.
Our test car, equipped with the 148bhp 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engine and six-speed manual gearbox, recorded a 0-60mph time of 10.8sec. That’s a touch slower than the 9.6sec Peugeot claims but it’s neither refreshingly brisk nor tediously slow.
What matters here, though, is that this engine delivers its efforts in a refined, surprisingly sonorous manner that’s a good match for the character of the 5008.
It’s pliable, developing 273lb ft from just 2000rpm to propel the 5008 past slower traffic with reasonable ease, although holding onto gears beyond the mid-range of the engine’s 6000rpm scope is an endeavour that yields diminishing returns.
Notwithstanding a clutch pedal that’s overly sprung (illustrative of a lack of finesse in the finer control details that separates this car from its German rivals), the six-speed manual transmission is easy enough to get along with, although not particularly engaging.