How to spec a Peugeot 5008
Our guide to Peugeot's large SUV covers which version to buy, which options to choose and how much to pay for it all...
How to spec a Peugeot 5008
The old Peugeot 5008 was a fairly chunky MPV. It was bang-on for its time (it was our MPV of the Year in 2010) but in recent years family buyers have been moving out of MPVs and into SUVs, with their raised driving positions and added practicality. The MPV market is shrinking fast, which is why the latest 5008 has morphed into a fully fledged SUV.
There's plenty of competition in the large SUV market, too, but the 5008's blend of low CO2 emissions, flexible seating and comfortable ride have made it one of our favourites. In fact, we named it as our Large SUV of the Year for 2018 at the most recent What Car? Awards, where the Peugeot triumphed over more expensive rivals including the Mazda CX-5 and Audi Q5. To see the full scale of Peugeot's achievement, read our full 16-point review.
Our recommended 5008 models match the smooth yet punchy 1.2-litre Puretech 130 petrol engine with Allure specification, which gets you most of the kit you're likely to want: front and rear parking sensors, sat-nav and 18in alloy wheels all come as standard. Because the 5008 is competitively priced next to its key rivals, though, you can afford to splash out a little on some choice options, and in this slideshow we'll show you which option boxes to tick, and which to avoid.
Metallic paint (£575)
As well as helping you to stand out from the crowd, metallic paint can also increase the value of your car, meaning you'll get more of your money back when it comes around to selling. Upgrading from the 5008's standard white paint to one of the seven metallic colours will cost you £575, while an additional pearlescent colour will set you back £675.
Panoramic sunroof (£870)
At first glance, the idea of giving your passengers a wide view of the open sky as you drive sounds appealing. Be warned, though, that doing so will severly impact headroom in both the front and the rear of the car. In fact, if you're carrying anyone over six foot in the rear, then they'll be sitting with their head craned against the car's ceiling.
LED headlights (£850)
Just as we do on the smaller Peugeot 3008, it's worth looking at LED headlights on the 5008, both for the extra clarity they'll give you at night and for their smart features – they can illuminate around a corner, for example. For your £850 you also get a sports front bumper and grille, too.
Leather trim (£1690)
Almost £1700 is a lot to spend on leather trim, but it's worth noting that this upgrade also gets you heated front seats, and multiple functions for the driver's seat including electric adjustment, adjustable lumbar support and even a massage function. Frustratingly, this is the only way you can get electric seat adjustment on the 5008, but if you're willing to live without it then heated front seats with a driver massage function on their own will cost you a more palatable £560.
Advanced Grip Control (£470)
No version of the 5008 comes with four-wheel drive, so Grip Control is Peugeot's alternative. This controls the 5008's own electronic systems and adapts them for different conditions, while also giving you bespoke alloy wheels and hard-wearing all-weather tyres for greater grip. We don't think many drivers will need it, though.
Smart electric tailgate and keyless entry & start (£750)
If you're struggling under the weight of some DIY furniture or hefty shopping, then you'll be grateful that you upgraded to Peugeot's smart tailgate, which can be opened and closed by swiping your foot underneath the rear bumper. You only need to have the key on your person to enter the car and start it, too.
How to buy your perfect Peugeot 5008
So that's how we'd spec a Peugeot 5008, and below is how much it will cost you:
Model: 1.2 Puretech 130 manual Allure List price: £26,815 Target Price: £25,002 Options we'd choose: Metallic paint (£575), LED headlights (£850), smart tailgate / keyless entry and start (£850) Cost of recommended options: £2275
Fancy a different small SUV? You'll find our full run-down of the best small SUVs to buy right now – and the ones to avoid – right here.