Strong, quiet engines; fine handling and a comfortable ride
Some controls are awkwardly placed, and thick front pillars don't do visibility any favours
Airbags aplenty and stability control as standard; plenty of security kit too
Feels good quality and built to last - we expect to see Peugeot's reliability reputation improving
Room for seven plus shopping bags, or fold rear seats easily to create a vast flat load bay
Entry-level cars don't get alloy wheels or rear electric windows, but all get air-con
The Peugeot 5008 will appeal to those who think all MPVs are dull to drive. Its steering is well weighted, the car stays nicely upright on corners and it feels securely glued to the road, so you always have plenty of confidence if you want to press on or just negotiate the rush-hour traffic.The car's neat body control comes with a slightly firm ride compared to cushy suspension of a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, but it stays comfortable most of the time.
There's a wide range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, but most buyers go for one of the diesels for their extra hauling power and decent fuel economy. We'd point you towards the 1.6 with 110bhp, which has enough in the way of oomph but keeps costs reasonable. Avoid the jerky semi-automatic gearbox; otherwise, the car is refined and quiet.
As seven-seat MPVs go, this is one of the cleverest and it really makes the best of the space. The classy cabin is very spacious, and the three full-size middle-row seats all slide, recline and fold individually so everyone can get comfortable, while the two rearmost seats fold up out of the boot floor. These are are quite small so they're best for children. There's still space for a slim-folding buggy when they're in use; with just five seats in use the boot is huge, however, and putting all the seats down (which is very easy to do) gives you a load area that's positively massive. There are plenty of extra storage spaces, too, which will help keep clutter under control.
While you shouldn't have trouble getting comfortable behind the wheel of the Peugeot 5008, reaching some of the controls might be awkward because the top of the dashboard slopes away from you. Those chunky windscreen pillars can also obscure your view at junctions. Still, most of the trim levels (Active being our favourite) come with a good amount of standard equipment, and the optional panoramic roof keeps things feeling airy inside.
Peugeot has only an average reputation for reliability, and the 5008 is par for the course. It doesn't appear in the latest JD Power satisfaction survey, but owners rate the closely related Grand C4 Picasso as average, so similar results should be expected.
In terms of safety kit, the 5008 comes with stability control to help you avoid an accident, and front, side and curtain airbags - including 'bags for the rearmost pair of seats. All three middle-row seats have Isofix child seat fittings. The 5008 scored an acceptable 89% for adult occupants in the NCAP crash test, but only 79% for children.
The 5008 is one of the best seven-seat MPV cars, so it should definitely be on your shortlist. Sure, the Seat Alhambra gives you more space and the Ford S-Max is better to drive, but the Peugeot 5008 offers you an impressive blend of abilities for a reasonable price. Running costs are fair - the 110bhp 1.6-litre diesel covers more than 50mpg on average.