Compact exterior belies impressive interior space
- Bold looks
- Spacious interior
- Flexible seating
- Engine range
- Massive boot
- Tight third row
- Headroom restricted by glass roof
The last time you saw a Peugeot 5008 it won’t have looked like this; the French manufacturer’s former seven-seat MPV is now an SUV. Only the name – and a 95kg weight loss – carries over from the old car.
Why the change? Well, for a start Peugeot is keen to tap into a popular market; 26 million SUVs were sold worldwide in 2016, the year before this 5008’s launch.
While larger seven-seat off-roaders are plentiful, Peugeot says cars of the 5008’s size and price are few and far between. Only the Nissan X-Trail, Skoda Kodiaq and Land Rover Discovery Sport can really claim to compete.
If you want space for seven and adventurous off-road styling without the associated exterior size, step this way.
Despite the shift in attitude and boosted ride height the 5008 remains a car that will mostly live its life on road. There are no four- or all-wheel drive options – Peugeot says this would have eaten into the space needed for seats six and seven.
It’s ostensibly a seven-seat version of the 3008, a car that we like very much, thanks in no small part to its strong collection of engines: BlueHDi four-cylinder diesel motors, plus 1.6-litre and PureTech three-cylinder petrols.
All offer promisingly low fuel consumption to help keep bills down, as detailed in the Green Credentials and Running Costs sections of this review.
More space inside
The 5008 retains the 3008’s roof height but is actually 19cm longer, with 16.5cm of that inside the wheelbase for a roomier passenger compartment.
As such there’s more elbow room up front, knee room in the second row and headroom in third row than the old car, plus a cavernous 1,060-litre boot.
Best of all the rear seats can be removed if not needed and easily stored in a garage – weighing only 11kg each, they free up an additional 40 litres of boot space each.
This isn’t the first car to feature Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design but it is certainly one of the most exciting. Not only do you get the small steering wheel and high-level dials, there is also a wealth of technology on display.
For a start there’s a 12.3-inch screen where the speedo would usually be and another 8.0-inch screen in the centre console. Pleasingly there is also a bank of physical switches underneath the screen for high-use things like the air-con or sat-nav, unlike previous Peugeots which hid that functionality away in the touchscreen’s menus.