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Peugeot 5008 Review

The Peugeot 5008 is a sleek-looking and very practical SUV. You’ll find alternatives have more boot space with all seats up, though.

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Is the Peugeot 5008 a good car?

The Peugeot 5008 is a stylish-looking seven-seat SUV that goes up against alternatives like the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and Skoda Kodiaq.

It’s a bit like one of those huge American-style fridges, offering a large and flexible internal space, but externally Peugeot has disguised it as one of those slender, style-focused Smeg fridges.

At its core, the 5008 is a big, practical seven-seat MPV although it’s been dressed up like an SUV to stop it looking boring. Some updates have been made recently, so at the front it has new headlights with fang-like daytime running lights that are cropping up on all new Peugeots flanking a restyled and interesting grille.

Down the side, the sheer length of the Peugeot 5008 has been disguised pretty well with chrome roof rails and trim bits, with new headlights at the back freshening things up. It looks good overall, though horrible fake exhaust exits at the back let the side down a bit.

It might look even better inside than it does outside, though. There’s a nice layered effect to the swoopy dashboard with a mixture of trim types, and it really brings an elegant edge to it. You’ll get fabric seats as standard, though higher trims get leather and you can even have it in red if you fancy.

Build quality feels really strong throughout and you’ll have to dig hard to find scratchy plastic surfaces. Before buying though you should make sure you sit in the driver’s seat — the tiny steering wheel has a tendency to block the digital display if you have longer legs and can’t mount it low enough.

You’ve got plenty of space throughout the Peugeot 5008. The middle row has plenty of head- and legroom, aided by the flat floor which means no awkward foot Tetris for whoever sits in the middle seat. If you go for the panoramic roof though, you’ll see some of that headroom eaten into.

There’s a couple of USB ports in the middle row as well so the kids can keep their tablets and phones charged, as well as some trays for holding them or food on the move. They’re a bit flimsy though, and can be knocked down rather easily, meaning family picnics could get messy.

If you’re covering a lot of miles, you should go for one of the two excellent diesel options.

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
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The rear-most row is usable for adults too, though you’d want to keep journeys short and they’re much better suited for kids.

Boot space with five seats in place comes in at a healthy 952 litres, rising right up to 2150 litres if you fold everything down. With the rearmost row up though, there’s only a small amount of space — you’ll get more in the back of a Skoda Kodiaq with all seven chairs in place.

You get a fair few bits of storage space throughout. There’s a deep pocket below the centre armrest, large door bins and a tray for your phone that can be had with a wireless charger. Just don’t put a large drink in the cupholder, you’ll probably send it flying because of how close it is to the armrest.

The pick of the engine range for the Peugeot 5008 is the 1.5-litre, 131hp diesel engine with an automatic gearbox. It’s extremely efficient if you’re covering a lot of miles, and has enough poke to make sure getting up to speed on a motorway isn’t a chore.
You can opt for a 2.0-litre diesel as well which only comes with an automatic, as well as the choice of a 1.2-litre or 1.6-litre petrol — both with the choice of an auto or a manual.

Out on the motorway, the Peugeot 5008 is rather comfy. It soaks up bumps well, there’s not too much in the way of road noise — you’ll get some tyre noise on more uneven surfaces — and all of the engines are nicely refined. It’s easy to park too thanks to a great turning circle, but you should go for a reversing camera at the least as visibility out of the rear window isn’t great.

Like a less boxy version of a classic American-style fridge, the Peugeot 5008 does well to pack practicality into a sleek-looking body. You should take a look if you’re after something that’s both smart and spacious.

How practical is it?

The 5008 is a supremely practical SUV, though alternatives have more space with all of the seats up.

Boot (seats up)
952 litres
Boot (seats down)
2,150 litres

You’ve got plenty of space throughout the Peugeot 5008. The middle row has plenty of head- and legroom, aided by the flat floor which means no awkward foot Tetris from whoever sits in the middle seat. If you go for the panoramic roof though, you’ll see some of that headroom eaten into.

All of the seats are individual of one another, which means plenty of room for even broad adults, plus Isofix points in all three in the middle row — making it a breeze to fit child seats.

There’s a couple of USB ports in the middle row as well so the kids can keep their tablets and phones charged, as well as some trays for holding them or food on the move. They’re a bit flimsy though, and can be knocked down rather easily.

The rear-most row is usable for adults too, though you’d want to keep journeys short and they’re much better suited for kids.

Boot space with five seats in place comes in at a healthy 952 litres, rising right up to 2150 litres if you fold everything down. Rear row up though, there’s not a lot of space — you’ll get more in the back of a Skoda Kodiaq with all seven chairs in place.

What's it like to drive?

The Peugeot 5008 is great on the motorway and easy to park, assuming you go for one with at least a reversing camera.

The pick of the engine range for the Peugeot 5008 is the 1.5-litre, 131hp diesel engine with an automatic gearbox. It’s great if you’re covering a lot of miles, and has enough poke to make getting up to speed on a motorway not too much of a chore. Hit the claimed 50.2mpg and you’ll be spending pennies at the pump as well.

You can opt for a 2.0-litre diesel as well which only comes with an automatic, as well as the choice of a 1.2-litre or 1.6-litre petrol — both with the choice of an auto or a manual.

Out on the motorway, the Peugeot 5008 is rather comfy. It soaks up bumps well, there’s not too much in the way of road noise — you’ll get some tyre noise on more uneven surfaces — and all of the engines are nicely refined. It’s easy to park too thanks to a great turning circle, but you should go for a reversing camera at the least as visibility out of the rear window isn’t great.

It’ll grip reasonably well on a back road and the small steering wheel makes it feel agile, but it’s not the sharpest thing to drive. Then again, who expects driver appeal from a seven-seat SUV? A Tiguan Allspace is nicer to drive generally, however.

What's it like inside?

The Peugeot 5008 matches its stylish exterior with a classy-looking interior, but that steering wheel might be a deal-breaker.

Peugeot 5008 colours

Metallic - Sunset copper
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Metallic - Nimbus grey
From £575
Metallic - Celebes blue
From £575
Metallic - Cumulus grey
From £575
Metallic - Nera black
From £575
Varnish - Ultimate red
From £725
Pearlescent - Pearlescent white
From £725
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