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Drive of your life this week…

is the fabulous Peugeot 5008

What is it? One of most practical functional laden with goodie gadgets 7-seater car on the road today.

Who would want one? Any yumsy mumsy who needs to ferry her multitude of offspring yet quite rightly deserves to do this in style.                     

The exhilarating thrill: considering this is a practical family MPV, 0-62mph in just 12.9 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph thus giving the children a thrilling experience but not to the cost of an expensive theme park.

Wow factors to make the neighbours go green: they will be having palpitating fits when they see the full length glass panoramic sunroof that floods the cabin with light and keeps the children amused for hours as they look up at the sky. This flows into the huge long bonnet with large protruding jewel like light clusters that falls into the colour coded bumper with stylish chrome bars in the air grilles and integrated front fog lights. To profile are alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, body coloured protective door strips and body coloured electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors. At the rear is a sharp drop down design to ease parking, body coloured bumper with integrated fog lights.

On the other hand… is the lack of cup holders in the front meaning poor yumsy mumsy cannot have her coffee on the go!

Where would the sunglasses fit? In their own designated home sitting sensibly on the driver’s side up in the roof-line.

Will it take the shopping? Even with all seven seats in place, this 5008 can accommodate around six shopping bags.  Of course, drop down the third row seats by simply pushing them down, and it will take the weekly shop and quite possibly the new washing machine! If in doubt just roll and tumble row two seats and job done!

To hide secret purchases use either the door pockets, the deep glove box, the elasticated pockets behind the front seats or the deep concealed binnacle behind the handbrake with a sliding cover but best, get this, a pull out drawer under the driver’s seat!
Keeping the children occupied is obviously the fabulous glass roof in which they can see all the clouds moving and keeps them occupied for hours. It comes with an electrically operated blind in case the children decide they need a nap. They have their own air conditioning unit to keep them cool calm and collected whatever the duration of the journey is, and all three seats in the second row have Isofix mountings. For the children’s bits and pieces are door pockets, elasticated pockets behind the front seats, under floor storage binnacles and for convenience, there are picnic trays behind the front seats, a 12 volt socket and pull up blinds for the side windows. To access row 3 is easy peasy by simply pulling up the top lever and the two outer seats of row two slide forward and there is even a pull down platform for the children to step onto thus prevents them falling into the footwall. For their bits are side concealed binnacles, cup holders and 12-volt socket and like row two, they also have their own pull up blinds for the small rear windows.

Helping hands make light work thanks to automatic lights, automatic wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror, electric windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors that are heated and fold when the car is locked, both front and rear fog lights, cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors and on this test model as an optional extra was the front parking aid with Parallel Assist. This function basically parks the car for you but does take a while to get used to so practice on your own out of sight of other drivers to gain confidence then impress the shoppers in the High Street with your new found expert parking skills.

Creature Comforts to luxuriate in are height adjustable leather clad steering wheel with remotes for the CD player, height adjustable leather heated front seats (optional extra at £1,570 but well worth it for the cold winter mornings that are looming), dual zone air conditioning, a two speed demister, pull down front armrests and a fab Sat nav system that appears out of the dashboard compete with Bluetooth operation (£753).

It’s most annoying feature: the ridiculous and frankly dangerous “parent mirror” that sits above the internal rear view mirror and is designed for the driver to be able to keep an eye on her darling children in the rear. However, the view can be distorted and too much time taken off the road to look and if I were Prime Minister I would have these banned.

The quirkiest accessory: has to be the head up display unit that shows the speed of the car via a slab of thin Perspex that miraculously appears from the dashboard right in front of the driver’s eyes each time the engine is turned on. By displaying the speed directly in front of the driver means less time is taken to see the speed that means yumsy mumsy does not have to take her beady eyes off the road for any unnecessary length of time.

Avoiding the costly repair shop is all down to the life saving device of ESP that will adjust each wheel to prevent skidding.

Keeping your precious cargo safe: well with an impressive 5-star ratings in the NCAP for safety, 89% for adult, 79% for children, 37% for pedestrian and 97% for safety assist, yumsy mumsy will be totally reassured her precious cargo will always be safe in this 5008. One of the features I was really impressed with was the Speed and Distance Alert function that tells the driver if she is driving too close to the car in front thus needs to back off a tad. Many accidents are caused by driver’s driving too close so this is a great safety feature. In addition are driver and passenger airbags with a passenger de-activation switch, plus side and curtain airbags. Then there is a side impact beam that should protect the car. For the occupants there are height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensions and seatbelt reminders, height adjustable headrests with tilting function to reduce whiplash injuries, child proof locks on the rear doors, 3X3 point rear seatbelts and Isofix child seat restraint system on the two outer seats of the second row.

Avoiding it being nicked is all down to a Thatcham category 1 approved alarm.

Star rating: 4.5/5 due to not enough front cup holders

Consider: possibly the special family edition sneaking in at just over 21K that includes the DVD player and Peugeot Connect Video Pack.

Web link: http://www.peugeot.co.uk/

Jackie Violet
Motoring Correspondent 

At a Glance
Test Model: Peugeot 5008 Allure HDi 112

RRP: £23,095
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-62mph: 12.9 seconds
Top speed: 115 mph
Combined Fuel: 51.3 mpg
Insurance Group: 17E
CO2 emissions: 144 g/km VED Band F @ £135 for 12 months
Horsepower: 112 ho @ 3600 rpm
Torque: 240/260 Nm @ 1750 rpm 

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