The Peugeot 5008 is the biggest of the French firm’s three SUV fashions forward of the compact 2008 and mid-sized 3008.
It’s a seven-seater primarily aimed on the top-end Japanese and Korean fashions, although Peugeot can also be eager to sort out the status Europeans resembling Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes.
To this finish, solely the higher-specced GT variant has been dropped at Australia.
With its comparatively lengthy, low profile, the 5008 is finest described as an SUV/individuals mover crossover. Indeed, the primary model was tagged as a multipurpose automobile earlier than switching to the extra marketable SUV identify tag.
The present second-generation mannequin was launched in 2017 and given a face elevate earlier this 12 months.
Changes embody a brand new frameless grille on the entrance, flanked by eye-catching tall vertical daytime working lights, which flash when the doorways are unlocked.
There are additionally gloss black aspect scoops and a revised bumper design.
At the rear, new LED tail-lights embody a “3D lion claw” lighting signature and scrolling indicators, that are activated when the automotive is unlocked.
Inside, the three centre-row bucket seats may be adjusted in numerous methods and provide loads of legroom.
A variety of seat-back angles additional enhance issues and there’s a actual luxurious really feel when travelling there.
There can also be a neat aircraft-style fold-down desk on the again of the entrance seats.
Two engines are supplied: a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol has energy output of 121kW at 6000rpm and torque of 240Nm at a really low 1400rpm.
The turbocharged, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel has high-pressure, common-rail direct injection and develops 133kW at 3750rpm and 400Nm at 2000rpm.
The petrol engine is mated to a six-speed automated transmission, the diesel to an eight-speed unit.
Both drive the entrance wheels.
A ten-colour contact display sits within the centre of the dashboard and is angled barely in the direction of the motive force.
The numerous controls are of the piano key selection with a small audio quantity knob on the far left.
Standard options embody entrance, aspect and curtain airbags, lane departure warning and positioning help, speed-sign recognition and velocity suggestion, highway edge detection, superior driver-attention alert, adaptive cruise management with cease characteristic, park help and Visio Park (360-degree imaginative and prescient).
Our take a look at automotive was the 5008 GT petrol priced at $51,990 however optioned as much as $58,620 with sunroof, premium paint ($1050) and Nappa leather-based seats.
The entrance seats are giant, snug and supportive although the sunroof does infringe into headroom; we had been compelled to decrease the seat beneath our most well-liked excessive driving place, usually among the finest options of SUVs.
One characteristic we did love was the small, sports-style steering wheel which, for many drivers, offers an unobstructed view of the multi-mode instrument panel.
The French love quirkiness and the primary quirk within the Peugeot 5008 comes immediately if you press the brake pedal, push the beginning/spot button … and nothing occurs.
Instead, you need to maintain the button down for a few seconds. We guess it means you don’t push the mistaken button by mistake.
Road holding is superb, although it’s clearly aimed extra on the household wagon purchaser than the sporty SUV phase.
You can select between a number of driving modes.
On good roads, the 5008 was extraordinarily easy and quiet — good for long-distance cruising with the added bonus of comparatively low gas consumption.
We averaged 8.5L/100km throughout our take a look at in quite a lot of circumstances.
Sub-8.0L/100km is straightforward to attain on lengthy motorway runs.
On some rougher surfaces, there was extra noise than we anticipated, however it nonetheless felt steady and safe.
After plenty of years within the automotive doldrums Peugeot, and its French sibling Citroen, just lately switched importers to hitch the Subaru model at Inchcape Australia.
As such, sellers will likely be eager to draw new gross sales so be sure to do some critical haggling.
Peugeot 5008 is an exceptionally well-equipped multipurpose French automobile at a value that ought to give meals for thought to the makers of premium product rivals.
2021 PEUGEOT 5008 GT SPECIFICATIONS
- Price $51,990 (as examined $58,620)
- Engine 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
- Outputs 121kW/240Nm
- Transmission Six-speed automated
- Fuel financial system 7.0L/100km
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