In a nutsell:
- Facelifted new Peugeot 5008 revealed for 2021
- More powerful diesel engine - but still no electrified choice.
- Redesigned front end gives the 5008 more presence and purpose.
- Better tech to improve driver safety - and it's as practical as ever.
- Prices to be announced shortly.
More power, refreshed styling and smarter tech - that’s what you get with the new updated Peugeot 5008, one of the UK’s most popular people carriers.
The 5008 you see now is almost unrecognisable from the one that first hit UK roads back in 2009, as it’s morphed from an unspectacular MPV into a fully-fledged SUV.
And the latest facelift sees the 5008 gaining a new look, more technology and a host of driver assistance systems.
One of the first things to note is the improved performance from the range-topping 2.0-litre diesel engine. In previous incarnations it produced 178bhp - but that’s now been boosted to 180bhp. And as any family knows, every little helps.
There’s a 1.5 litre diesel available, too, which comes as either a manual or allied to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
If you favour petrol as your fuel of choice, there’s a 1.2L PureTech 130, which comes as either a manual or an automatic, or a 1.6L PureTech 180 8-speed automatic.
Then there’s what Peugeot is calling a ‘bold new look’ and ‘new and improved interior’.
The front end has been redesigned to include a new frameless grille, with gloss black side scoops and a painted tread plate.
Top of the range GT and GT Premium models feature their own unique grilles to help them stand out further.
The new 5008 also features a new front light design, LED tech as standard, and in GT and GT Premium trim there’s Full LED headlights with a new ‘Fog Mode’ function that replaces conventional fog lights.
There are two basic colour options - ‘Celebes Blue’ and ‘Metallic Copper’.
But Peugeot is also now offering a ‘Black Pack’ for the first time, if you choose either the GT and GT Premium models.
The Black Pack includes a mean and moody front grille, black tread plates and front fender trims, black roof bars and roof trims, as well as 19 inch black alloys.
Step inside the 5008 and there are further tweaks.
Here you get Peugeot’s well-received ‘i-Cockpit’ that features a fully customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a compact steering wheel for improved driving dynamics and a new 10-inch high-definition colour touchscreen.
As ever with the 5008, three rows of seats accommodate seven people, while boot space ranges from a whopping 780-litres to 1,940-litres, depending on how you configure the seats.
Meanwhile a major new selling point for the 5008 is the host of driver assistance and safety features available.
Cars with the auto box boast Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go - tech that’s able to bring the vehicle to a complete stop and move away from stationary without any driver input, in stop-start traffic.
There’s also ‘Night Vision’ - which uses infrared technology to detect pedestrians and animals ahead - and up to 200m outside the scope of the headlights.
Meanwhile you can opt for park assist, driver alertness warnings, speed sign recognition and recommendation, hill assist descent control and hands-free tailgate.
The range begins at ‘Active’ - which features 17 inch alloys and includes rear parking aid as standard, and then moves up to ‘Active Premium’, where owners enjoy the addition of electrically folding door mirrors and ‘VisioPark’ cameras.
Mid-range is ‘Allure’, which comes with 18 inch alloys, tinted windows, aluminium roof rails, Safety Plus Pack, and 3D navigation.
Next is ‘GT’, which features Drive Assist Plus, full LED headlamps and Alcantara upholstery.
Meanwhile the range-topping GT Premium benefits from 19-inch ‘San Francisco’ alloy wheels, hands-free tailgate, the more advanced ‘VisoPark’ 360 camera system, as well as automated parking assistance and massaging electric seats.
Prices are yet to be confirmed, but you can expect them to be slightly higher than previously, where the 5008 started at £28,980.
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