Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Very attractive and solid cabin
  • More switches than other recent Peugeots
  • Digital dashboard has customisable instruments

Peugeot 5008 SUV - interior

This is perhaps the area where the Peugeot 5008 has shown its greatest improvement - the cabin is now a fantastically futuristic and sharply styled place to be, identical to the arrangement in the smaller 3008.

Some harder plastics remain, notably around areas like the central tunnel where there’ll be frequent contact with limbs, but on the whole the material quality is very good and pleasingly tactile.

It’s also more ergonomic thanks to a bank of seven satin chrome switches for the audio, air-conditioning, sat-nav, general settings, telephone, apps, and hazard warning lights. These look fantastic and respond to the touch with a pleasing click.

Peugeot 5008 SUV dashboard

Other Peugeots such as the 308 migrated many of these functions to touchscreen submenus, helping to declutter the cabin but also adding unnecessary steps into the process of turning up the ambient temperature, for example. With its additional physical controls, the 5008 is a much better balance of design and functionality.

Is Peugeot’s i-Cockpit for you?

Peugeot calls its cabin design i-Cockpit – an elevated set of dials and small steering wheel – and it works well for most drivers, but not so well for a few. It’s worth arranging a long test drive in a 5008 to see which side of the fence you sit on.

Peugeot 5008 SUV - interior quote

Presenting vital information in the 5008 are two screens – a large, 12.3-inch high-resolution display taking the place of the traditional analogue dials on higher-end models, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the centre for things like the sat-nav and media information.

The former offers a number of different looks – from Minimal (just a digital speedo), to traditional-looking dials, plus a more stylised version with turn-by-turn navigation instructions too.

Finally there’s a special Amplify function available to GT Line and GT cars, which tailors the cabin ambiance in a number of different areas, such as screen colour and interior lighting brightness, stereo equaliser settings, seat massage mode and fragrance diffuser. There’s a choice of the more exciting Boost mode or mellower Relax.

  • Rides well on smooth or rough surfaces
  • Engine noise is well-isolated from cabin
  • Wind and tyre roar are admirably hushed

Peugeot 5008 SUV - comfort

Given the Peugeot 5008’s primary function as a family vehicle, its suspension errs on the side of comfortable rather than sporty. That said, while it irons out lumpy roads well, there’s a sharpness when traversing potholes and other cracked surfaces, a consequence of not being floaty and nausea-inducing.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine and diesels are rarely intrusive in terms of cabin noise, with a cheerful three-cylinder thrum in the background in the case of the former. Of all the engines available, it’s the e-THP 165 that’s most vocal.

What impressed most was the lack of wind and tyre noise, which points towards the 5008 being a talented long-distance cruiser.

The front seats are large and cosseting while the three individual chairs in the second row, although smaller, are surprisingly sculpted and supportive, with plenty of head- and legroom.

It’s the third row that disappoints, only really suitable for children, or adults over short distances. Access to the rearmost seats is fine, although not as easy as it is with the closely-related Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.