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Peugeot 5008 puts on its game face

IF you think I’m fond of Peugeots, you’re probably right. I’ve been doing a bit of checking, and I’ve driven loads of them over the past few years. In fact I’ve written about just the 10 in the past four years.

Go back to 2003 and you can add another 14.

By George Fowler Published 28th February 2014

FACE-LIFT: The Peugeot 5008 has undergone a sleek new design using chrome detail, a new front end and headlamps [PH]

Oh and the total goes back further, to the days of cars like the 306 and the 607. Best of the lot has to be the current RCZ sports car. I’ve driven just the three of those and I’ve got the new 270bhp RCZ R coming soon.

I’m looking forward to it.

Funnily enough, a car that lives most in the memory is the 306 Convertible. Designed by Italian firm Pininfarina it had about as much connection with Peugeot as I do with Angelina Jolie.

It had leather trim, 124bhp, a folding roof and handled and drove brilliantly. Trouble was, it also cost £17,295 even back in 1997, three years after its launch. It was a fabulous creation in more ways than one.

Strangely, though, despite all these cars made by Peugeot, I still haven’t driven the new 5008. Well, when I say “new” it actually went on sale in 2009, but it had a facelift last month, so let’s put the record straight, before the next one comes along.

To be honest a “facelift” is exactly what it has had, because there are no new engines, no startling changes like the exhaust being replaced by machine guns and, to be fair, no need for a lot of work because it was remarkably popular and successful anyway.

And now I know why, and I’ll tell you in a minute.

First off, though, it’s the looks department that’s had cosmetic treatment. Far from appearing like the faithful, reliable, school-run plodder that mums have become used to, the new 5008 is more elegant, has a far more purposeful stance, and manages to look much more car like than its predecessor.

That’s down to a more rounded front end, new headlamps and extensive use of chrome around the grille.

It’s still remarkably spacious, and can be used as a seven-seater, a five-seater or as a six-feet deep load-lugger with all the seats folded away, which they do with ridiculous ease.

The interior of the top-spec “Allure” model I drove is surprisingly swish and gets a massive cooled centre console in between the front seats which is big enough for a plastic one litre bottle and your sandwiches.

CRUISE CONTROL: The interior is comfortable and spacious with airline-style tables for passengers [PH]

Fact file

Peugeot 5008 Allure HDi 115.

PRICE (on the road): £24,245 (range: £19,045 — £26,445).

ENGINE: 1,560cc, all alloy, 8-valve, SOHC diesel (115bhp, 178lb torque).

TOP SPEED: 115mph; 0-62mph: 12.9secs.

MPG: Urban: 45.6; extra urban: 61.4; combined: 54.3.

CO2: 135g/km. Tax Band E; £125 pa road tax.


Sadly, though, it has a sliding lid rather than cup-holders, which is stupid because there’s nowhere to put your drink. There’s also a vast panoramic roof, with an electric sliding cover, which adds to the sense of light and spaciousness.

As usual, though, I’ve saved the best until last, and I discovered its long distance delights when my mate Dave begged a 100-mile trip to his girlfriend’s office, so he could leave flowers, chocolates and a card, the romantic fool.

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The 1.6 diesel cruised at speeds which would easily attract the wrong sort of attention, yet did so in eerie silence while utterly ignoring the moon-like craters that pass off as “road surfaces” in this weather-battered country.

Despite my driving like a nutter, though, it returned an excellent 50mpg from its lively and willing 1.6-litre diesel engine, not far off Peugeot’s claimed 54mpg figure.

Well, I’ve driven it now and if you want to know more you’ll have to visit the dealers to find out how much you can screw out of them in price and free kit.

Don’t forget to take the wife and kids, though. Not because they’re any better at doing deals than you, but because they’ll be the ones who are using it.

Unlike Dave, who won’t want any more long trips to his girlfriend’s office. Not now she’s dumped him.

How do I look?

Here’s how the Peugeot 5008 Allure HDi 115 fares image-wise.

REAR MIRROR MONSTER: So swept back it must slide through the air, despite its size. It’s also about as threatening as a kitten.

BACKSIDE BEAUTY: Straight sided van for humans. It’s practical, though, but no looker, that’s for sure.

PLAYTIME PLEASER: Sat nav, twin-zone climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, trip computer, electric folding door mirrors, auto wipers and headlights, reversing camera with parking guide system, head-up driving display, electric brakes with hill-holder, CD-stereo with steering wheel controls, MP3, USB and Bluetooth.

NAUGHTY NIGGLES: Tiny glove box is near to useless. Old-fashioned locking petrol cap.

TASTY TOUCHES: Fold-down airline style picnic tables for rear passengers. Coin and key compartment near driver’s right knee.

FAST OR LAST: Smooth, economical and surprisingly quick long-distance cruiser.

WONGA WONDER: Good sized seven seater with lots of kit as standard. Excellent value.

WOULD AN ESSEX GIRL LIKE IT? Tracey in a mum’s car? Only as a passenger.

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