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  • Small-capacity turbocharged engines
  • Efficiency is key, not outright pace
  • Manuals and autos, but no four-wheel drive

Peugeot 5008 SUV - engines

Peugeot draws from its stable of PureTech three-cylinder petrol and BlueHDi four-cylinder diesel engines for the 5008, plus a 1.6-litre higher-performance turbo petrol motor, called e-THP.

Economical diesel engines 

Kicking things off is a 1.6-litre diesel engine available in BlueHDi 100 and BlueHDi 120 guises, the former with 99hp exclusively fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the latter (120hp) comes with a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission with the same number of ratios.

With a top speed of 108mph and a 0-62mph time of 13.6 seconds, the BlueHDi 100 is the slowest 5008 available, and best avoided unless your budget won’t stretch further.

Peugeot 5008 SUV engines

Making a better fist of things, the BlueHDi 120 reaches 113mph (115mph with the auto gearbox) and requires 11.4 seconds for the 0-62mph dash (11.9 seconds for the automatic).

We’ve driven the more powerful 2.0-litre BlueHDi 150 diesel, which comes with 150hp in six-speed manual form or with 181hp in the automatic-only BlueHDi 180, exclusively available in the 5008 GT. The automatic is again a six-speeder, but will be replaced by an eight-speed transmission early in 2018.

That BlueHDi150 version provides a pleasing swell of 370Nm torque from 2,000rpm, and there’s a light and positive feel to the gearshift. It’s enough for a 129mph top speed and a swifter 9.6-second 0-62mph time.

It’s an easy-going motor with a smooth power delivery and admirable refinement unless revved hard, at which point it gets a bit noisy.

Peugeot 5008 SUV engines

Interestingly, despite the power and torque (now 400Nm) increase, the BlueHDi 180 is barely any quicker: top speed is 131mph, while the 0-62mph time is shaved down to 9.1 seconds, making it the quickest 5008.

Peppy 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 the nature of modern turbocharging means it is not only an acceptable powerplant in the Peugeot 5008, but a characterful and desirable one too.

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 131hp and 230Nm of torque from 1,750rpm, with either a manual or automatic gearbox (both six speed).

Left to its own devices the auto transmission delivers smooth and timely shifts, but responded more promptly to manual inputs from the column-mounted shift paddles when the roads became more challenging.

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There’s plenty of low-speed punch from the small petrol engine but in truth it needs a bit more work than the easier-to-live-with diesels, 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.

Statistics-wise, both transmission types allow a 117mph top speed, with the manual taking 10.9 seconds to complete the 0-62mph benchmark, the auto 10.4.

A faster 1.6-litre e-THP 165 engine is available, with 165hp and 240Nm of torque from 1,400rpm tops the petrol line-up. but in truth its skewed balance of power against economy doesn’t paint it in a favourable light compared with the diesels.

Thanks to a 128mph top speed and a 9.2-second 0-62mph time, it’s the second-fastest model in the range.

Sport mode function

A button on the central console emblazoned Sport sharpens up the throttle response, power delivery and the automatic gearbox’s shifts. Left in Normal mode the self-shifting 5008 is reasonably responsive but tends to shift up early to prioritise economy.

To avoid awkward multiple downshifts on a more spirited drive, the Sport setting holds on to the car’s lower gears to ensure decent engine response and a smoother drive. The downside of this of course is poorer fuel economy and more noise.

  • Safe and secure rather than engaging
  • Good body control and all-round traction levels
  • No 4x4 models but Advanced Grip Control offered

Peugeot 5008 SUV - handling

The Peugeot 5008 is a bit of a mixed bag in the handling stakes depending on which engine you choose. The 1.2-litre petrol unit is significantly lighter than the 2.0-litre diesel and this translates to a greater sense of agility when you turn the steering wheel.

In reality though this is not a car you’re going to be setting blistering lap times in – it’s a practical family car for seven - and on that basis the way it handles is satisfactory. There’s plenty of grip and body roll is (on the whole) well-controlled, resulting in a rewarding drive and reduced levels of nausea for those in the back.

As with most modern cars 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.

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Advanced Grip Control

While there are no four-wheel drive-equipped models, Peugeot does offer its clever traction control system that optimises the car’s various electronic aids to ensure you can drive safely on snow, mud or sand.

READ: how good is the Peugeot 5008 off-road?

In addition, you get hill-descent control to help negotiate steep slopes at a computer-controlled 2mph, and 18-inch wheels with mud and snow tyres to help adhesion levels while off-road.

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