Peugeot 5008 GT Line: long-term take a look at assessment
Economic system: 34.1mpg
When one in all your teenage sons has ambitions to be a musician, you may by no means go too lengthy earlier than a raise laden with heavy gear is required.
My son George can drive, however the price of insurance coverage for an 18-year-old in London is prohibitive (add musician as your occupation and it’s astronomical). Nevertheless, with my assist, we’ve the right answer to his journey wants within the type of the massively sensible 5008 we’re operating.
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Boot house within the giant Peugeot SUV is available in at a whopping 2,150 litres with all of the rear seats lowered; greater than sufficient to swallow George’s guitars, keyboards and flight instances. Loading the automobile is straightforward sufficient, with an influence tailgate and no boot lip to get in the best way.
Dropping the rear seats from the boot may very well be simpler, although. I’ve used lever methods on the sides of load areas in different automobiles which have been nice, however within the 5008 it’s worthwhile to attain proper into the automobile to tug on a crimson tag to decrease particular person seats flat. Nonetheless, we do just like the magnetic flaps that drop drown from the seats to make a wonderfully flat house, stopping package from falling between the seats.
As soon as contained in the automobile, George likes the audio system and syncs his cellphone, normally by way of Bluetooth, however generally via Apple CarPlay. He assessments the audio mixes of music that he has recorded or produced, too. There’s loads of tech in our 5008 and I’m a fan of a lot of it, though issues generally is a little over-complicated in locations.
The infotainment system is great. The eight-inch touchscreen in all fairness easy to function and the nav instructions are good. I additionally actually love the map and instructions on the 12.3-inch i-Cockpit show behind the wheel. Motorway junctions, instructions and hazards (or velocity cameras) are all clearly displayed right here, which is actually helpful.
Nevertheless, I do have some gripes. I just lately dipped into the crimson on the gas gauge whereas out with the household. The warning gentle flashed up with such vigour that it immediately burdened me out. The nav interrupted my route, providing instructions to the closest filling station, none of which gave the impression to be in my present course. I persevered, however was hounded by a number of low gas warning alerts and alert sounds till I lastly gave in and diverted to get petrol (virtually satisfied I used to be operating on fumes). I longed for the times of reaching the crimson on the gas gauge and realizing you had one other 30 miles to high up when prepared.
The velocity digicam alert sound can be infuriating. It interrupts music and alerts on approaching after which passing a radar scan. This may sound nice, till you realise how carefully we’re being watched. It’s a relentless noise in cities and alongside a lot of the motorway community within the UK. The visible show is sufficient, so I don’t want the sound, however regardless of checking quite a few menu and settings screens I simply can’t work out how you can disable the audio alerts.
It’s additionally a ache to enter postcodes into the sat-nav, as a result of the conventional deal with enter doesn’t permit for it. You need to use a distinct menu with the intention to do this, which is counter-intuitive.
Regardless of these grumbles, I’ve actually loved lastly getting our 5008 out of city and on to extra assorted roads with journeys all the way down to the coast and vacation weekends away within the countryside. It’s undoubtedly a snug automobile to drive and the i-Cockpit is a design triumph, with all the things at hand and searching elegant.
However it’s a disgrace that the sunroof cuts into headroom a lot, as a result of we frequently journey with three youngsters within the again seats, and it’s a race to take a seat within the center, the place there’s extra headroom.
General, we’re having fun with the Peugeot, although, with driving holidays to Devon, Lincolnshire and Northumberland all within the pipeline for this sensible SUV.
Replace: Peugeot 5008
With plenty of loading house, our long-term Peugeot 5008 is proving to be far more than only a household SUV
Economic system: 31.0mpg
I’ve actually been placing our Peugeot 5008 via its paces because it arrived again in April – simply not in the best way I’d have wished to. There have been no light runs all the way down to the coast or lush tree canopies flickering via the massive panoramic sunroof. It’s all been heavy lifting.
Some severe constructing and renovation work has been occurring within the Wilson family of late, and since my buddy and part-time carpenter doesn’t have a van (or automobile), the sensible Peugeot has been shifting sheets of MDF, lengths of skirting board and litres of paint, with shuttle runs retaining the native builders’ yards and DIY retailers in enterprise.
The 5008 has a powerful 952-litre boot with the third row of seats lowered, and for those who drop the second row it opens an enormous 2,150-litre load space. That’s house sufficient for many jobs, however not sufficient for us. We would have liked to squeeze in a few two-metre lengths of 50mm MDF. We slotted these into the Peugeot by eradicating the passenger seat headrest and dropping the seat ahead.
To be sincere, our GT Line 5008 is just too nice a automobile to be transporting wooden and waste. I’ve wanted to cowl it from high to toe in blankets to guard the fantastically designed i-Cockpit dashboard and seats.
Now that the constructing work is finished, the waste is eliminated and we’ve picked up a brand new six-seater desk for the backyard, I’m hoping the Peugeot can get again to doing what it was designed for: transporting family and friends in consolation and elegance.
First report: Peugeot 5008
Sensible Peugeot 5008 SUV is proving an immediate hit with our workforce having joined our long-term fleet
Economic system: 36.0mpg
There’s normally a component of pleasure once I’m ready for a brand new take a look at automobile to reach. However I’ve needed to wait somewhat longer than normal for this one.
Though our new Peugeot 5008 turned up in early April, I’ve solely simply managed to safe the keys. It appears the incredible repute of its sibling, the 3008, has been sufficient to make our new French SUV scorching property on the Auto Categorical take a look at fleet with my colleagues.
My first impressions are usually constructive, particularly for the trendy inside design and dashboard structure.
However deputy artwork editor George Vedmore is extra in tune with the automobile than I’m after driving the 5008 to the West Nation for every week’s vacation.
He loved taking the Peugeot on a 300-mile, six-hour drive down from Barking, East London, to Gorran Haven in Cornwall together with his sister, her husband and their children. They didn’t use the additional two seats accessible over the 3008, as a result of they wanted each inch of the accessible boot house.
George stated that their baby seats have been very easy to clip into the Isofix slots and as soon as inside, the kids instantly wished to start out drawing utilizing the trays on the backs of the seats in entrance.
This saved them busy for many of the journey, till they finally fell asleep thanks to a couple helpful options in our automobile. Particularly, the sunshades on the rear home windows and on the sunroof actually helped to dim down the sunshine within the again, which meant it was very straightforward to get the kids to float off.
As well as, the infotainment system’s quantity controls permit for the entrance and rear stability to be adjusted. George stated that this function meant the children may sleep whereas he was saved entertained.
George can be a fan of the automobile’s excessive driving place, glorious refinement on the transfer and configurable sprint show. The pop-open cubby within the central console doubled as a helpful fruit bowl, positioned inside straightforward attain for entrance and rear seat occupants.
The agricultural roads of Cornwall offered their very own distinctive challenges, although: apparently, the parking sensors saved going off as George drove down the tight lanes. Nonetheless, a minimum of he may flip them off simply by way of the infotainment touchscreen. Lumps and bumps on Cornish roads and farm tracks did trigger somewhat little bit of upset on the journey, as George discovered the trip in our 5008 to be a bit harsh there.
General it sounds nice, and I can’t wait to spend some extra time within the automobile. However my children are each practically six ft tall and are battling rear headroom, which is a ache. It’s partly due to our Peugeot’s optionally available panoramic sunroof. Even the Suzuki Ignis I drove on our fleet had extra head house for them.
The fold-down tables additionally compromise their leg house, knocking towards their knees. This may change into an ongoing concern and it definitely seems like a design compromise ensuing from needing house so as to add the sixth and seventh seats.
*Insurance coverage quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three factors.