Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Very attractive and solid cabin
  • More switches than other recent Peugeots
  • Digital dashboard has customisable instruments

How is the quality and layout?

This is perhaps the area where the Peugeot 5008 continues to impress so long after its launch back in 2016. There are some hard plastics to be found, 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 easy to navigate around 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.

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.

Infotainment and tech

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.

Comfort

  • Very impressive comfort up front
  • Rear and middle rows less impressive
  • Firm seats offer great support over long distances

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.

The middle row is reasonably roomy, and offers a range of adjustments that should leave most people feeling confortable. The flat foor means there’s a surprising amount of foot room if you’re travelling three abreast.

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.