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Peugeot 5008 Access 1.6 e-HDi FAP EGC 16-inch wheels

Peugeot 5008 Access 1.6 e-HDi FAP EGC 16-inch wheels

MPVs (7 seaters)

3. Peugeot 5008

Model/Engine size:
Peugeot 5008 Access 1.6 e-HDi FAP EGC 16-inch wheels
Fuel:
Diesel
Fuel economy combined:
65.7 mpg
Peugeot 5008 Access 1.6 e-HDi FAP EGC 16-inch wheels

Summary

Peugeot has suffered from some big changes in buying habits which has seen a growth in both budget and premium sales, with mainstream manufacturers losing out. In response to this Peugeot has decided to reposition itself closer to the premium end of the market and the 5008 is one of the first of the new models tasked with delivering the brief.

The exterior of the 5008 does give the impression of solidity but it isn’t desperately pretty. Where the designers have done a great job is with the aerodynamics; despite its physical size this MPV has a drag coefficient of 0.29 which is impressively slippery. The interior also feels well put together but the central control unit looks dated and looks at odds with the otherwise clean lines.

Practicality is an important consideration in this class and here the Peugeot scores highly. At a shade over 4.5 metres in length it shares the affliction of all mid-sized MPVs in that the two seats in the third row are in the boot so they are slightly less comfortable, and when they’re up the boot, space disappears. However in five-seat configuration, there’s 679 litres of boot space up to the window line.

The most efficient engine in the range is the 1.6-litre diesel unit which comes with start/stop. In order to maximise the official efficiency figures you have to choose the EGC automatic gearbox. We’ve said it before, but this isn’t one of the best auto boxes, however in this instance it makes a big difference to fuel consumption so it’s worth considering.

The decision to move Peugeot upmarket isn’t without its risks. The increased quality is welcome but the increased prices put it head-to-head with some serious competition. The 5008 is a good effort and there’s much to like, but it’s worth noting that this engine/gearbox combo is only available in entry-level spec which means that you can’t get the panoramic glass roof or the head-up display which are two of the options that give the 5008 a more upmarket feel.

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
70.6 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
57.6 mpg
CO2 emissions:
113 g/km
Green rating:
VED band C - First year £0
Weight:
1688 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
20%
Price:
£21,595
Insurance group:
16
Power:
115 bhp
Max speed:
114 mph
0-62mph:
12.6 seconds
Euro 6:
No