Peugeot's seven-seater 5008 SUV arrives as all eyes turn to January buying period
I was a bit taken aback on the Pat Kenny Show recently when a listener asked when the new Peugeot 5008 SUV was due.
Pat saved my blushes. "Imminent," he said. He was spot-on because it is now, technically, here.
Demonstrator vehicles are starting to arrive in dealer showrooms this month.
Prices start from €28,745 ex-works for the entry-level Access 1.2 130bhp PureTech petrol version.
In reality, this is a car for the January buying period.
The seven-seater SUV has three rows of seats and, of course, there is the innovative digital iCockpit.
It is 1.64m tall and 4.64m long (+11cm on the old one) with second row passengers getting 6cm more knee room.
The second row has three separate, folding and tilting seats (Isofix child seat anchor points for each) while the two in the third can be removed.
The second-row side seats slide forward for easy access to the third row. With the latter removed, boot space goes to 1,060 litres.
There are five trim levels and a big spread of petrol and diesel engines, as well as 6spd manual and automatic transmissions.
There are plenty of diesels (1.6 BlueHDi and 2.0 BlueHDi) with power ranging from 100bhp, 120bhp, 150bhp and 180bhp.
The range-topping GT version has a 180bhp diesel (6spd auto).
Standard spec includes (as well as the iCockpit interior, compact steering wheel, 12.3in head-up digital instrument panel, 8in touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel), Bluetooth, USB connectivity and three 12v sockets.
Also on board are cruise control with speed limiter, speed limit information with Intelligent Speed Adaptation, driver attention alert, 17in steel wheels, spare wheel, electric windows, electric/heated door mirrors, semi-auto air-con.