Peugeot’s latest offering to South African buyers is a family-conscious seven-seater MPV - the 5008. The 5008 takes Peugeot back into the mid-sized MPV market, where it will compete with fellow C-segment hatchback based vehicles such as VW’s Touran, Renault’s Scenic and the Mazda5.Two engines (petrol and diesel) will power the three 5008 models, with a manual and automatic transmission distinguishing the two petrol powered derivatives. The three derivatives are denoted by two trim levels - Active and Allure.CLEAN DESIGNThis new Peugeot design prioritises visibility and as a result 5008 features a substantial glass ratio as part of its construction. The windscreen is 1.7m2 and 5008’s glazed glasshouse area totals 5.77m2 – yielding an impressive field of view, hugely beneficial when attempting to manoeuvre out of a claustrophobic underground car park. Based on the 308 hatchback platform, the 5008 has three rows of seats, the second with a lengthways adjustability that's perfect for parents who want to view the boys playing cricket on a Saturday morning from inside their 5008.As befits its role as a seven-seater MPV, the cabin environment features many clever features. The second row seating folds away to render a flush loadbay area of 2506 litres when loaded to roof capacity. Standard load capacity is 823 litres, with the second-row seats occupied.Accommodating long objects is easy courtesy of the 5008’s front passenger seat’s folding capability, ushering in a flat shelf area enabling load through capacity of object up to 2.76m in lenght. Passenger access and debussing to and from the third row accommodation is easy thanks to 5008’s cinema-style seating, where the two second-row flank seats feature adjustable seat cushions that lift as the seats slide forward in one simple motion. CLEVER TOUCHES Beyond its ability to seat seven adults in comfort, the 5008 showcases an array of ergonomic design touches and infotainment features. The headline Allure model features an integrated Video Pack multimedia system consisting of two seven-inch colour screens (residing in the back of front seat head restraints). This video system is fully convergent with all manner of media (DVD, iPod and gaming consoles) courtesy of RCA connectors. Able to relay video entertainment from two video sources, the 5008’s second-row passenger entertainment can be tailored for each screen – which should keep sibling rivalry on the back seat to a minimum. An admirable level of digitisation is evident in the driver’s field of view too, as 5008 has a head-up display, projecting speed and distance alerts onto the front windscreen’s road surface contrast point. SIX A SIDE?: When you have a junior cricket team to transport to matches each Wednesday, you need a sensible MPV. Enter Peugeot’s 5008… Standard features for the entire range? There’s an electronic parking brake with hill assist (that frees up space on the centre console for a 10-litre refrigerated stowage bin), automatic windscreen wipers, electrically folding side-mirrors, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and a CD/MP3 sound system with a USB port. The only difference between the two Active models and Allure is the latter's full-leather trim, heated front seats and the Video Pack entertainment system (as mentioned). All 5008 derivatives roll 17-inch alloy wheels. Transporting a full complement six-passengers, 5008 drivers will be heartened to know that besides the dual front and side airbags, there are curtain inflatable safety restraints extending all the way back to protect the third row passengers. FUEL-EFFICIENT ENGINESMechanically the 5008 range offers three drive options to local customers, with two engines available.The 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 115kW and 240Nm (driving via two six-speed transmissions, either manual or auto), whist a 2-litre turbodiesel is worth 110kW and 340Nm and only available with the six-speed manual shift action. Engineered for efficiency, these Peugeot engines are very frugal, returning a claimed 7.1l/100km for the 1.6 petrol and 5.6l/100km for the 2.0 HDi turbodiesel.Peugeots have a reputation for blending outstanding levels of ride quality and road-holding ability and to this end the 5008 is configured to be no different. Its front suspension is a pseudo McPherson-type set-up featuring a drop-link anti-roll bar and around the rear there’s a torsion beam. All-wheel independent suspension would have been preferable, yet it is worth remembering Peugeot produces its own dampers, a technical detail that has over the years made a crucial difference in the manner its cars ride and handle. If you are looking for a thoroughly well equipped seven-seater MPV, Peugeot’s new 5008 is well worth consideration. The company’s offering an array of accredited loadbox and other roof-top stowage solutions too, for those 5008 customers who intend to fill-up this new Peugeot MPV's cabin with seven people and carry all their kit on top. PRICES 5008 1.6 THP Active - R282 0005008 2.0 HDi Active - R302 0005008 1.6 THP Allure a/t - R314 300 Pricing includes a five-year or 90 000km service plan and three-year/100 000 km warranty.