PEUGEOT 5008 – A FLAMBOYANT FASHIONISTA

By Imraan Buccus

Overview

This is a Peugeot 5008 like never before. It’s not the usual SUV-like vehicle; its more the flamboyant fashionista in this segment of vehicles.  

It’s no secret that consumers are less likely to turn to Peugeot as a first choice -informed in part by concerns about after sales service and about reliability.  But there’s no doubt that things are changing. With more and more sexy models entering the market; Peugeot  is not a brand that can easily be ignored any more.

The world is turning towards SUV-like vehicles with demand growing at an incredible pace. With this is mind  many manufacturers, including Peugeot, are creating more rugged looking crossovers like the 5008.

The rear of the 5008 is especially conspicuous – it has a more upright tail enabling more luggage storage space. The two seats at the rear, albeit constricted and uncomfortable for adults, has its advantages.

On a long journey along the open road, one gets to really appreciate how spacious this vehicle is. The front passenger seat can also fold down, allowing you to carry longer items, such as curtain rails.

The 1,6-litre engine develops 121 kW and 240 N.m. For those who may find response time a wee bit sluggish, the ‘sport’ mode helps significantly.

The options are the following:

  • ALlure 1.6 THP       
  • Allure 2.0 HDi       
  • GT Line 1.6 THP   
  • GT Line 2.0 HDi 

The Peugeot 5008 Allure offers:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring sensors
  • Hands-free tailgate
  • Auto headlamps and -wipers
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Cloth/leather trim
  • Keyless entry
  • Parking sensors
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • USB/Bluetooth connectivity

The Peugeot 5008 GT-Line offers:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED Lion puddle lamps
  • Black diamond roof
  • Panoramic roof (optional)
  • Full LED headlamps
  • LED fog lights
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Semi-autonomous safety package
  • 180-degree camera
  • Satellite navigation
  • Upgraded audio system
  • Front-seat massage function 

Inside

The inside is futuristic and distinct.  It has a screen for the driver’s instruments and another for navigation and entertainment. The infotainment screen is 8-inches and is Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatible. Under the main info screen are a pair of air vents and a row of distinct ‘piano’ buttons.

The one thing the Peugeot has going for it on the inside is space, especially at the rear. The seats are comfortable and there is ample legroom. However, the two rearmost seats, as mentioned above, are compact and suitable for kids only.  The driving position is a little weird though as the dials need to be read over the steering wheel.

With phone charging an important requirement for most motorists, the Peugeot has a wireless charging facility on the GT Line while all models get USB ports as standard.

Safety is well taken care off in this vehicle, with 6 airbags -also included are automatic headlights, park assist, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, speed sign recognition, The GT Line model also has a 180-degree camera.

KEY INFORMATION

STANDARD FEATURES

Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, electric folding mirrors, auto on/off headlights, LED daytime driving running lights, rain sensor wipers, active cruise control, brake assist, ABS, stability control, six airbags, climate control, keyless access, leather upholstery, USB port, front and rear park distance control with rear camera.

SERVICING AND WARRANTY

The 5008 comes standard with a 5-year/100 000 km comprehensive warranty, a 5-year/100 000 km comprehensive service plan and roadside assistance, access to a 24-hour customer-care contact centre, licence renewal reminder, as well as service plan and warranty expiry notifications. 

PRICING

Allure 1.6 THP       R539 900
Allure 2.0 HDi        R559 900
GT Line 1.6 THP       R584 900
GT Line 2.0 HDi    R604 900

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