ON THE ROAD: PEUGEOT 5008 ALLURE

It is a French car

Yes. And French cars have received a lot of backlash for their questionable reliability and after-sales service over the past few years. The Peugeot brand is the right example. Although it has been in Mzansi for many years, its reputation locally is not so great, simply because it is a French car. “French cars are difficult to fix”, is one phrase that was invariably hurled at me when I had a go in the new Peugeot 5008 in Allure guise. My response was simple and straightforward. “Peugeot cars are brilliant and the manufacturer has been doing some extensive work to make the brand stand out of the crowded scene”. So, it’s either you love or hate the brand. I found more things to love about the 5008. It is 7-seats large, spacious and the ride quality is nothing to complain about.

It looks striking

In terms of looks, it might not be everyone’s cup of coffee as some of my colleagues found the rear to be more striking than the front. The rear gets claw-like LED lights, a gloss black strip that runs along the bottom of the rear window while the front end wears a big grille, as well as halogen headlamps plus LED daytime running lights. It runs on some beautifully designed 18-inch alloy wheels. The cabin, which is my absolute favourite has a futuristic design element, thanks to the standard i-Cockpit system. The system is simple to navigate through, from connecting my iPhone via Apple CarPlay to fiddling with the air conditioning functions. The small steering wheel takes some getting used to, but once you do, it offers a very engaging drive.

Is it spacious?

Peugeot has your back covered when it comes to space. As previously stated, the 5008 has 7 seats and I managed to fit in 6 passengers with so much comfort. A short friend of mine tried to fit into the third-row seats, which were hassle-free to operate. He complained about the rear seating position and lack of legroom until the second row of seat were slid forward, thus creating a bit more legroom and he was sorted – something that left the impression that the third row of seats is best left for children.

What about the drive?

I took the 5008 on a longish drive to Bela-Bela. The place sits some 130km away from my house in Centurion and with seven passengers, the journey was relaxed, thanks to the host of accessories (charging sockets, blinds, ‘aeroplane’ trays on the back of the first row seats, hooks and cup holders). Boot space with the third row of seats raised is not enough as I struggled to fit in a cooler box. But if you decided to leave the kids at home, folding the third row of seats expands the cargo area generously, up to 1 336 litres. The 5008 delivers an improved ride quality while displaying an amount of sportiness. Body roll is minimal as I was able to attack corners with confidence.

Is the powertrain adequate?

On the road, the 5008 delivers adequate shove when needed to do so. The 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 121kW and 240Nm paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission is quite capable, although it could use some extra overtaking grunt. The diesel variant should address that aspect. In the fuel consumption area, the 5008’s numbers did not get close to the manufacturer’s 7.0 litres per 100km claim. The numbers would hover around the 8.1l/100 km mark but would drop slightly on the open road. 

Conclusion?

The Peugeot 5008 might not be everyone’s pick of the bunch because the mid-sized SUV segment is very competitive. But if you are not like the rest who complain about French offerings, then this is a vehicle well worth looking into.

QUICK STATS

PEUGEOT 5008 ALLURE

ENGINE: 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol

POWER: 121kW / 162 PS at 6 000rpm; 

TORQUE: 240Nm at 1 400rpm

0 – 100KM/H: 11.3 seconds (Gauteng tested)

GEARBOX: 6-speed automatic

DRIVE: front-wheel-drive

TOP SPEED: 201km/h

FUEL AVERAGE:  8.1 l/100km

CO2 e: 156 g/km

PRICE STANDARD: R534 900

NATURAL RIVALS: Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

*PRICE RIVALS: Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi XLS auto double cab, Mercedes-Benz B200, MINI Cooper S Convertible, Toyota Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 auto, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

BABE-MAGNETIC FACTOR: Medium

*A price rival falls within R30 000 or so of the subject’s price on either side of its price spectrum for cars over R350 000, R20 000 for cars of between R250 000 and R350 000 and R10 000 for cars below R250 000.

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