2021.06.22.  2,697 read Unique French crossover - Peugeot 5008 GT Pack Test Drive Motoya 3

2021.06.22. 2,697 read Unique French crossover – Peugeot 5008 GT Pack Test Drive Motoya 3


Peugeot’s flagship SUV 5008 is a family SUV model with 7 seats, and it is a crossover model that combines the practicality of a family SUV with the future-oriented and sporty style that Peugeot’s new design language is applied to.

Such a 5008 has recently undergone a major change. Since the appearance of the 508, the new 5008 has undergone a change in appearance that reflects the design language that Peugeot has been developing, as well as improved marketability. Test drive the new Peugeot 5008 and see what charm it holds. The 5008 we test drove this time is a GT pack model equipped with a 2.0 liter diesel engine. The basic price of a vehicle including vAT is 57.8 million won.

First, in the case of the exterior, the design change of the front part stands out the most. As it changed from a design derived from the existing 308 to a shape reminiscent of the front design of the current 508, it changed significantly from the first impression. The existing 5008 also featured a fairly sporty style, but the new 5008 is one more drink than that. In addition to the vertical daytime constant lamps in the shape of a lion’s fangs, the radiator grille with a three-dimensional design concave inward catches the eye.

The face shaped in this way has a stronger and sharper impression than the existing 5008. In addition, the exterior specifications for the GT model are also applied, overflowing with a more sporty atmosphere. The design of the side and rear is the same as the previous 5008. And the new face of the 5008 naturally blends into the design of the side and rear of the existing 5008. This is thanks to the fact that Peugeot’s new design language, which used a lot of straight lines and emphasized solid volume from the initial model, has already been applied to a large extent.

The interior has also changed a lot. The distinctive three-dimensional dashboard design and Peugeot i-Cockpit concept shared with the 3008 remain the same, but there have been significant changes in detail.

The first change that catches your eye is the head-up cluster (hereafter instrument cluster) at the heart of the i-cockpit. The dashboard provides a new UI design with higher visibility compared to the previous one, delivering information required for driving more intuitively. It also provides 5 different themes according to user settings. The circumference of the floor console has also changed. The existing grip control dial that protruded separately next to the gear lever disappeared, and a more spacious storage space was created. The grip control has been changed so that it can be directly selected in the driving mode, allowing for more intuitive adjustment.

The front seat is a semi-bucket-type seat reminiscent of that of a sports car, providing a fairly firm seating feeling. The overall tension of the seat is strong. In particular, the 5008 that I test drove this time is a sporty GT model, so it has a more sporty feel. This hard seat holds the driver’s body firmly even during sudden maneuvers.

However, it is a bit disappointing that there is no feeling of exhaustion when driving for a long time. The driver’s seat provides an electric control function and electric lumbar support, as well as a memory function and even a massage function. On the other hand, the passenger seat lacks convenience enough to use a manual control lever. The front seats provide three levels of heating in common. And the seat position is rather high, probably because it is a transitional model before the appearance of the 508.

The second-row seats, like the front seats, are also finished in hard-textured leather. Seating is also very firm, and thanks to Alcantara, the body does not slide very well. The space is much more generous than the 3008, which shares the same design base, and is comparable to that of a domestic semi-mid-size crossover. However, there is a feeling that the roof height is a little low, and the angle of the backrest is also on the side of standing a little. It’s not very spacious for a family car, but I think it’s an acceptable space.

The Peugeot 5008 has even three rows of seats, which is not suitable for its weight class. However, the 3rd row seats are not very usable. The interior space is cramped, so it’s impossible for an adult to ride, and it’s just an assortment.

Trunk space is ample. With the third row of seats unfolded, the volume is only 237 liters, but with the third row of seats folded, a whopping 952 liters of space is created. When all of the second row seats are folded, a total loading space of 2,150 liters is created. If the backrest of the passenger seat is folded forward, long items up to 3.2m can be loaded.

The Peugeot 5008 that I test drove this time uses a 2.0-liter BlueHDi diesel engine from PSA Group. This engine, which is provided exclusively for the GT model, exerts a maximum output of 177 horsepower/3,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 40.82 kg.m/2,000 rpm. The transmission is an EAT8 automatic 8-speed transmission, and the drive method is front-wheel drive.

The Peugeot 5008 GT is a car that uses a 2-liter diesel engine and has an acceptable level of quietness. Compared to other diesel models, the noise or vibration when stopping is not so loud that it is annoying, and surprisingly, it is not bad in blocking external noise. Even in this test drive, which had to travel long distances, I did not feel that it was lacking compared to other diesel engine crossover SUVs.

The ride quality is solid. It feels like I’m doing it right, not just being hard, but giving it strength when it’s strong, and giving it softly when it’s supposed to be soft. In addition, due to the low center of gravity unique to the EMP2 platform, it gives a fairly stable feeling even though it is an SUV with a high ground clearance. Thanks to this, it felt particularly comfortable when driving on the highway.

On the other hand, the power performance is a bit disappointing. Even though it is a sports-oriented GT model, acceleration does not feel very sporty. Of course, thanks to the powerful diesel engine with low-speed torque, it shows considerable reflexes as much as the initial acceleration acceleration. However, due to the lack of rear axle, it is not capable of consistently pulling it up to high speeds. The EAT8 automatic transmission is a fluid clutch-based automatic transmission that provides decent shifting speed and direct feeling.

In terms of maneuverability, it feels like it moves a step lighter than other 7-seater SUVs. It is heavy like a large lioness, yet it feels like it has the agility of footwork typical of cats and wild beasts. Thanks to this, it shows stable mobility even on a mountain road with winding corners. I especially like that the small-diameter steering wheel makes the car more intuitive to steer.

This test drive was a long-distance drive of over 700 km round trip. And even on the day I received the car, I had a place to go, so I started driving with a little bit of fuel consumed. In addition, while moving, rather than maintaining a straight cruising speed, it was driven comfortably according to the flow of the road. In other words, it was driven without much concern for fuel economy.

However, the Peugeot 5008 nevertheless recorded excellent fuel economy enough to still have fuel left even after driving a total distance of more than 800 km from the day of the test drive to the return of the vehicle. The official fuel efficiency of the Peugeot 5008 GT is 13.4 km/l in the city center, 17.4 km/l on the highway, and 15.0 km/l in the combined cycle, but in this test drive, the overall average fuel consumption was 20.8 km/l. When driving at a constant speed, it boasts excellent fuel efficiency, slightly exceeding 22.0 km/l, and if there is not severe congestion in the city, it records fuel efficiency almost the same as the official fuel economy.

The Peugeot 5008 GT that we test drove this time has a lot of things, from the exterior design to the extravagant exterior design, the interior with slightly improved usability, ample loading space, a sleek driving feel for its size, and excellent fuel economy that proves its origins in PSA. I think of it as a crossover full of its own charm. However, this strong unique color can act as a factor in the market’s big difference between likes and dislikes.

The Peugeot 5008 is a French crossover with a unique charm that allows you to enjoy all the agile driving sensations of a Peugeot hatchback while maintaining the virtues of a family crossover SUV.

Written/Photo by Park Byung-ha

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