Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Small-capacity turbocharged engines
  • Efficiency is key, not outright pace
  • Manuals and autos, but no four-wheel drive

Petrol engines

Not that long ago the idea of a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol-powered seven-seater SUV would have been a dreary proposition, but it is not only an acceptable powerplant in the Peugeot 5008, but a characterful and desirable one too.

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Familiar from other Peugeots – as well as various cars with Citroen, DS and Vauxhall badging – in the 5008 it’s only available in PureTech 130 guise. This equates to 130hp and 230Nm of torque from 1,750rpm, with either a manual or automatic gearbox. There’s also a more powerful Puretech 180 version, but that’s available with an automatic transmission only, making the 5008 a fair bit brisker.

There’s plenty of low-speed punch from the smaller petrol engine but in truth it needs a a fair bit of work when loaded or faced with motorway inclines, mainly due to its reliance on being revved quite hard. Let the engine speed drop too low and you’ll find yourself in a bit of a power black hole. Still, if you enjoy the process of extracting the best performance from an engine, this PureTech unit it a rewarding choice.

Diesel engines 

There are two diesels on offer – the BlueHDi 130 and 180. The former is a capable all-rounder offering a solid driving experience, and feeling more muscular than the PureTech petrol version. It’s happy on motorways and is a lot less troubled by loads and inclines.

The automatic-only BlueHDi 180 is quicker, and makes more sense if you regularly carry more passengers or use your 5008 for towing. Otherwise, the BlueHDi 130 is the best all-rounder.

What’s it like to drive?

  • Safe and secure rather than engaging
  • Good body control and all-round traction levels
  • No 4×4 models but Advanced Grip Control offered

The Peugeot 5008 is a pleasant car to drive considering its primary role is that of a large family SUV. It has plenty of agility in bends, helped by that sporty-feeling small steering wheel. There’s plenty of grip and bodyroll is well-controlled, resulting in a rewarding drive and reduced levels of nausea for those in the back.

There isn’t a huge amount of feedback through the tiny steering wheel. But it is linear and predictable in its nature, with plenty of confidence-inspiring weight at higher speeds, unlike the lighter, vaguer power steering systems seen in older SUVs.

Given the Peugeot 5008’s primary function as a family vehicle, its suspension errs on the side of comfortable rather than sporty. That said, while it irons out lumpy roads well, there’s a sharpness when traversing potholes and other cracked surfaces, a consequence of not being floaty and nausea-inducing.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine and diesels are rarely intrusive in terms of cabin noise, with a cheerful three-cylinder thrum in the background in the case of the former. What impresses most was the lack of wind and tyre noise, which makes the 5008 being a talented long-distance cruiser.