Peugeot 5008 is family favourite
THERE’S nothing worse than being stuck indoors during a holiday break with rain and wind making it almost impossible to enjoy a picnic with the kids.
But when you’ve promised to take your grandchildren out for the day there’s no way they are going to accept poor weather as an excuse for stopping in.
So it was time for my wife Jackie and me to get ready to face the elements with four-years-old Cooper and his almost-two-years-old brother Pacey, during the Easter break
It’s amazing how the promise of a picnic can excite them but this wasn’t a day for getting the shawl out on the grass and enjoying a kick around with a ball.
Fortunately, though, my test model that week was a seven-seater Peugeot 5008.
We didn’t need the two third-row seats so there was more than enough room in the huge boot to pack scooters, bike, wellies and ball – well prepared should the grey sky disappear.
This new 5008 is much-improved from the previous model.
It’s now one of the more stylish big SUVs on the market and has an all-round powerful look.
Step inside and you discover this is a Peugeot with lots of quality – and is perfect for families.
We were well stocked up with sandwiches, crisps, sweets and juices and enjoyed an outdoor picnic – well indoors in our 5008.
The high seating meant the kids could see the ducks, swans and geese on the loch side.
And the spacious interior had plenty of light thanks to the huge panoramic opening glass roof.
This was an £870 option on my Allure PureTech 130 model – other specs are entry-level Active, GT Line and GT Line Premium.
There are three matching separate folding and tilting seats in the middle row and the fold down tray tables on the back of the front seats proved ideal as did the cup holders.
Sun blinds on the rear doors are another nice touch, especially when you’ve got kids seated there, but they weren’t required on this outing.
And nipping out to get stuff from the boot was greatly assisted by the motorised tailgate – a £750 option.
It was high-fives all round as we left our picnic spot in search of some sunshine.
There’s lots of room up front in the 5008 and I liked the body-hugging driver’s seat.
It’s an impressive cockpit featuring a large eight-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch high-resolution digital head-up display.
And there’s all the latest connectivity features for Android and Apple, sat-nav, DAB radio and voice recog-nition.
There’s the choice of diesel and petrol engines and manual or automatic trans-mission.
My Allure model was powered by an impressive 1.2-litre 131bhp PureTech three-cylinder petrol turbo unit.
Gear changes came smoothly through the six-speed auto box and kick-down response was immediate when extra power was required.
It was sprightly enough with a zero to 62mph time of 10.4 seconds and is capable of a117mph top speed.
Fuel consumption is also impressive with combined figures of 54.3mpg, urban 44.8mpg and extra urban 60.1mph.
Sound insulation has been improved along with the build quality and fittings – all adding to an ever so smooth and quiet driving experience.
Handling for a big-sized SUV couldn’t be faulted with good road grip and little body roll.
I also liked the compact flat top and bottom steering wheel, allowing easy viewing of monitor and controls.
Despite its size, this Peugeot was light and easy to park, assisted by front and rear sensors as well as a 180-degrees colour reversing camera.
And the standard safety-plus pack includes blind spot detection, lane keeping assistance, driver attention alert and smart beam assistance.
The weather failed to improve during our drive but we all had plenty to smile about after our day with the impressive Peugeot 5008.
On-the-road price for the test model is £28,220.