The highly anticipated new Peugeot 5008 SUV is now on sale in Ireland, with delivers from next month (September ). Prices start from €28,745 for the 1.2 PureTech (130bhp ) petrol engined version. The entry-level 1.6 BlueHDi (100bhp ) diesel version €29,265. The latter has a five-speed transmission.
The new 5008 is a departure from its former traditional MPV body shape, the new Peugeot 5008 SUV features three rows of seats and the new Peugeot iCockpit® with digital instrumentation across the range. It is described by Peugeot as a sophisticated, practical and stylish vehicle that combines efficiency with high-levels of safety and technological equipment.
It is lower, more spacious yet less bulky than competitors, the new 5008 SUV retains the same height as before of 1.64m. An increased length to 4.64m (+11cm ) over the previous 5008 MPV model, ensures there is more room for occupants; second row passengers now enjoy 6cm more knee room. Despite its larger size, Peugeot says that it offers excellent levels of agility in an aerodynamic design.
Housing 3 matching, separate, folding and tilting seats in the second row and 2 removable, separate, folding seats in the third row, each seat in the second row features three-point Isofix child seat anchor points. In just one movement, second-row side seats tilt and slide forward to access the third row. The third row seats are easily removable (11kg ), thanks to a single control. This makes for a huge boot capacity, with up to 780 dm3 (1,060 litres ) in 5-seat configuration, 100 dm3 larger than the original 5008.
With a choice of five trim levels, to include Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT versions, a wide range of both petrol and diesel engines is available. Petrol engines include the 1.2-litre PureTech 130bhp turbo petrol engine, available with manual or automatic transmission and the 1.6 THP petrol 165bhp EAT6 6-speed automatic. The PureTech engine was voted International Engine of the Year in its category for the third year running in June.
A range of 1.6 BlueHDi and 2.0 BlueHDi litre diesel engines, with manual and automatic transmissions, are available with power ranging between 100, 120, 150 and 180bhp. The range-topping GT version comes equipped as standard with a refined 2.0 litre BlueHDi diesel 180bhp 6-speed automatic.
Standard features from Access trim include the revolutionary Peugeot iCockpit interior comprising a compact steering wheel, a configurable 12.3" head-up digital instrument panel, an 8” touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and 3 x 12V sockets. Boasting a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the new 5008 SUV range includes from level one Electronic Stability Programme, 6 airbags to include curtain airbags along all three rows, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Speed Limit Information with Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Driver Attention Alert Level 1 and Lane Departure Warning.
Other features include a retractable and removable boot cover, 17” steel wheels, spare wheel, remote central locking with dead-locking, one-touch electric front and rear windows with pinch protection, central front armrest with butterfly-wing opening and illuminated chiller compartment, child safety locks, tinted rear tailgate, electric and heated door mirrors with LED side indicators, semi-automatic air-conditioning with sensitive controls, and driver / passenger seat height adjustment.
Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director at Peugeot Ireland told us, “The new Peugeot 3008 SUV has been a huge sales success in Europe since launch in October 2016, where it now has a multitude of international awards under its belt. That performance is being replicated in Ireland since its arrival in March 2017. Together with the continued success of the 2008 SUV and the diverse Peugeot van range, our market share jumped by 16 per cent in July, in a market that declined by 7 per cent.”
He added, “The new Peugeot 5008 SUV will build on the strong commercial success of the new 3008 SUV, and indeed the previous Peugeot 5008 MPV, the second best-selling compact 7-seater MPV in Ireland in 2016 and a former Irish Family Car of the Year winner. Consumer interest in Ireland in SUVs continues to be strong and we are very well positioned now, particularly with our fantastic 1.2 petrol 130bhp engine, in manual and automatic guise. For the Irish market, we also offer a spare wheel as standard on all except the GT version.”