Peugeot 5008 SUV - Large and practical
The Peugeot 5008 is a large and practical family SUV with a plush interior and striking good looks. The previous Peugeot 5008 was boxier, similar to the style of a traditional MPV, whereas the new model is more rounded and sculptured towards a modern SUV but still can seat seven.
The original Peugeot 5008 was first launched in 2009 and went on to be a huge hit thanks to its spacious interior, with the ability to carry seven. It had modern design stylings, which helped separate it from the standard MPVs on sale at that time. In 2017 Peugeot redesigned the 5008 into a crossover SUV to help it fall in line with the ever-growing popularity of SUVs.
The Peugeot 5008 falls into a small niche market of affordable seven-seater SUVs, with its main rivals being the SEAT Tarraco, Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail. There are other premium seven-seater SUVs available, but they are priced at nearly double that of the Peugeot. These include the Audi Q7, BMW X7 and Volvo XC90.
The 5008 is available in a choice of five trim levels; Active, Allure, GT Line, GT Line Premium and GT, all of which offer an extensive array of features and assists. There's a selection of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, focussing on efficiency rather than performance.
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Engines, Power and Performance
Peugeot has focussed the 5008 engine line-up towards efficiency and fuel-economy rather than outright speed, power and performance. Don't let this put you off though, as the engines have more than adequate power to cruise along the motorway and there is a couple of more powerful petrol and diesel options available.
The petrol line-up kicks off with a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged PureTech unit developing 131hp and 230Nm of torque. It can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed EAT automatic transmission achieving a 0-62mph time of 11.4secs and 11.8secs respectively. The other petrol option is the more powerful 1.6-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged PureTech engine generating 181hp and 250Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed EAT automatic transmission and will sprint from 0-62mph in 9.4secs.
The diesel line-up starts with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder BlueHDi engine with 131hp and 300Nm of torque. It can be paired with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed EAT automatic transmission and will race from 0-62mph in 13.5secs or 12.7secs respectively.
The final engine choice is the 2-litre four-cylinder BlueHDi diesel engine which has 177hp and 400Nm of torque. It is paired to an 8-speed EAT automatic transmission and will hit 0-62mph in 10.3secs.
All Peugeot 5008 models are fitted exclusively with front-wheel-drive (FWD), with no all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. All engines have enough power to pull the 5008 along the motorway with ease, although the diesel engines make the best choice with lots of luggage and passengers. The automatic transmission is smooth and responsive and works well with the more powerful petrol and diesel engines.
Interior Quality and Technology
Each Peugeot 5008 interior benefits from the superb Peugeot i-Cockpit set up, which has been designed to focus on providing the best driving environment with all dials and screens aimed towards the driver. There's a 12.3-inch customisable head-up digital instrument display with crystal clear and colourful graphics. There are various standard display modes including Dials, Driving and Navigation, as well as a 'Personal' mode where the driver can configure the display to show the information they desire.
The Peugeot 5008 infotainment system is accessed through an 8-inch capacitive colour touchscreen with features such as; DAB Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, automatic dual-zone climate control and smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included.
All 5008 models, except for the entry-level Active trim, come with sat-nav, parking sensors front and rear, and 180° colour reversing camera, along with voice recognition and many other useful features and assists.
The Peugeot 5008 interior looks futuristic, funky and exciting. It will appeal to those who are tired of the standard interiors found in most other family SUVs, and kids will feel like they are in a spaceship. The build quality and grade of materials used has gone up a few levels from the previous model and put the 5008 right up there with the best in class with maybe the exception of the premium brand models.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Peugeot 5008 is one of the best designed, spacious and practical seven-seater SUVs currently on offer thanks to some clever design features. The 5008 has been designed with seven independent seats to allow for maximum versatility, and the two seats which make up the third row can be folded under the boot floor or removed altogether.
In the front, there is no shortage of legroom and headroom on offer and will accommodate just about any sized adult with relative ease. When you climb into the rear of the 5008, the middle row of three seats have a surprising amount of legroom, but headroom is good if not class-leading but is impacted on models which have the panoramic sunroof. All three seats are fully adjustable and can slide and recline independently.
The third row of seats do not offer the most amount of space and are best suited to children, however, a couple of adults would find enough room to manage to travel short distances if and when needed. There are various useful storage compartments scattered throughout the 5008 including; four cupholders, massive front door pockets, and cavernous centre cubby under the front armrest and many more. Peugeot claims there is nearly 30-litres of storage capacity within the 5008.
The boot, as you would expect from such vehicle, is large and practical, with a capacity of 166-litres with all seven seats in use. Once you fold or remove the rear two seats, capacity increases to 952-litres. Fold all rear seats down, and the boot capacity jumps up to an impressive 2,150-litres.
The Peugeot 5008 was awarded a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2016. Although the 5008 was not crash tested, the 3008 was, and it shares many similar safety features and structural design, meaning the same score was given to both vehicles.
The 5008 is loaded with safety features and assists as standard. These include; lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, DAA1 (Driver Attention Alert System), multiple airbags, CDS (Dynamic Stability Control) and Peugeot's new Automatic Emergency Braking System (V-AEB).
There are various other features available, some of which come as standard as you move up the trim levels, others come as optional extras, such as a 360° birdie camera and Advanced Grip Control.
The Peugeot 5008 is a cracking seven-seater SUV which looks great and offers all the versatility and practicality for a modern-day family. The 5008 will appeal to dads and kids alike thanks to its space-age interior and standard equipment list which makes it an excellent choice.