Peugeot 5008 gains updated grille and tech in 2020 facelift

  • Peugeot has given its 5008 SUV a mid-life facelift
  • New infotainment and trim level line-up
  • Retains previous car’s engines; still no hybrid yet

Just days after revealing the facelifted 3008 SUV, Peugeot has applied a similar set of updates to its largest model in the UK – the 5008 seven-seat SUV.

>> Our full Peugeot 5008 review

The brand’s added its very latest design and family ‘face’ to the front of the 5008, as well as upgraded the interior and technology levels both inside and out. This is all in the effort to keep it competitive with other seven-seat SUVs, such as the Skoda Kodiaq and Hyundai Santa Fe.

A bold new look

The 5008 was already quite a striking beast, but this update has made it even more so. It now features a similar grille and headlight arrangement to its 508, 208 and 3008 siblings, with an upright grille which stretches across the full width of the front end. It fades out at either end rather than being constrained by a chrome frame – a really neat touch.

2020 Peugeot 5008 rear three quarter

The headlights are sharper than before and now flow downwards into a jagged LED daytime running light – Peugeot calls this ‘sabre tooth’ and it’s easy to see why.

There’s also a new badge – in addition to the Peugeot lion in the middle of the front grille, there’s now a ‘5008’ logo on the leading edge of the bonnet.

Around the rear you won’t find as many changes, and it’s still dominated by a smoked black bar containing the taillights. However, they are now full LED, with scrolling indicators like you’d find on Audi models.

New alloy wheels and some fresh paint colours complete the external makeover.

Higher-tech inside with new screens

Peugeot’s sticking with its i-Cockpit dashboard arrangement, which sets the gauges over the top of a shrunken steering wheel. It’s upgraded the digital dial pack, though, with the same size screen at 12.3-inches but a higher resolution with better contrast.

2020 Peugeot 5008 interior

The central screen, meanwhile, has been completely upgraded, and is now the same 10.0-inch unit you’ll find on all recent Peugeots. As with the gauges it’s higher resolution than before, with a speedier interface that should prove usefully easier to navigate than the rather ponderous system installed previously.

It still comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless charging in the centre console and a pair of USB ports in the rear.

Interior materials have received an upgrade – base cars now get an eco-friendly leather alternative, while top-end models can be specified with Nappa leather in black or red. There’s also a new wood trim finisher, which extends the whole width of the dashboard.

Advanced tech makes its way over from the 5008 too, including adaptive cruise control with stop and go for automatic models, active lane-keeping aids and even a Night Vision camera which displays its feed in the gauge cluster.

Still superbly practical

The 5008 is still the ideal family car, with three separate seats in the middle row, all with Isofix points for securely fitting child seats.

2020 Peugeot 5008 rear

The rear two seats, meanwhile, remain best-suited to children for short journeys. But when they’re folded away they liberate 780 litres of boot space, rising to 1,940 litres with the middle row also folded.

Engines and trim levels

Peugeot will offer four engines on the 5008 – two petrol and two diesel. The range consists of:

  • > 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol, 130hp, six-speed manual or eight-speed auto
  • > 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol, 180hp, eight-speed auto
  • > 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel, 130hp, six-speed manual or eight-speed auto
  • > 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, 180hp, eight-speed auto

Notably absent are the hybrid powertrains offered on the 508 and 3008, which is a shame, as they could have given the 5008 the chops to conquer the upcoming Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid.

Trim levels have been simplified, too – there’s now only three, though each one can be specified with its own ‘pack’ to add some desirable equipment. Basic Active cars come with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless start, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and a DAB radio, while the Active Pack adds a reversing camera, front parking sensors and folding mirrors.

Allure steps this up to 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, tinted windows, navigation and some extra safety kit, while the Allure Pack adds keyless go, a more luxurious front passenger seat and ambient lighting.

Meanwhile range-topping GT models feature a different design of 18-inch alloy, a two-tone paint finish, full LED headlights and Alcantara upholstery, with the GT Pack adding 19-inch wheels, a Focal audio system, massaging seats and a hands-free tailgate.

What this means for you

As ever, it’s good news for anyone who wants to cut a deal on the 5008 – pre-facelift models are likely to be heavily discounted. Otherwise, it’s a worthy upgrade to a very practical and quite handsome seven-seat SUV. We’ll bring you the full review as soon as we’ve driven the updated Peugeot 5008.

Further reading:

>> The best seven-seat SUVs

>> Peugeot 3008 facelift revealed

>> Peugeot 5008 review