NEWS With its crisp styling, the recently introduced and all-new Peugeot 5008 seven-seater family car cuts a dash.

was voted the best large SUV in the What Car? 2018 Car of the Year Awards.

On test is the top-range GT Line PureTech 130 which as well as being well equipped has optional extras such as metallic paint, a panoramic opening glass roof, leather upholstery and enhanced lighting and infotainment systems which add £4425 to the £28,715 on-the-road price. This all amounts to an impressive package which affords excellent road holding and ride comfort allied with exceptional all-round visibility and generous luggage space. It’s not just the up-front occupants who are pampered: the second row seats spaciously accommodate three adults while the cabin appointment is configured to give easy access to the two third row seats which fold into the floor when not in use.

The big surprise is what is beneath the test car’s bonnet. Where most beefy SUVs have four- or six-cylinder diesel engines, in this instance the petrol turbo provides meaningful acceleration and stress-free legal limit motorway travel, even when the car is fully loaded. What’s more, all this is achieved with only three cylinders, and just 1199cc.

Peugeot 5008 below Blencathra

Its substantial proportions define it as being an ample SUV, yet its estate car attributes suggest the big Peugeot has avoided the typical off-roaders’ boxy profile. A closer look at Peugeot’s offering in a market that includes the like of Audi, Jeep, Land Rover, Mitsubishi and Škoda reveals oodles of interior space plus an emphasis on passenger comfort, finesse and admirable build quality.

Cleverly Peugeot has sculpted its new SUV in an image shared with the slightly smaller five-seater 3008, the result being the 5008

Southern Scotland in challenging weather conditions proves the 5008 to be truly competent. Though there’s plenty of torque from the 130bhp engine, when the need arises to change gear the six-speed manual transmission is pleasantly smooth in operation to make this a fine-handling driver’s car. It’s quiet, refined and economically-focused too, and over some 500 miles revealed 46mpg fuel consumption, which isn’t too far from the officially-claimed 55mpg.

The Peugeot’s i-cockpit with its configurable 12.3-inch digital head-up-instrument panel is a design masterpiece, and though the small-diameter steering wheel takes getting used to, it aids overall handling.

Designated an SUV, the 5008 doesn’t have all-wheel drive. In standard front-wheel drive it copes with all driving conditions, but Peugeot recognises that some customers demand more from their vehicles. This is where Peugeot’s optional Advanced Grip Control comes into its own with its drive- select system which can be tuned for negotiating snow, mud and sand as well as being set for normal driving conditions.

You’d be quite wrong in thinking that such a large car with its meagre engine size is short on power. It does, in fact, illustrate the huge advances that have been made in petrol engine technology, and open road driving through Northern England and

The 5008 proves not all good things only come in small parcels.

Malcolm Bobbitt

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