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...

Peugeot 5008 options to choose and avoid

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 family buyers have been moving from MPVs to SUVs in recent years, drawn by their raised driving positions, more stylish looks and similarly strong practicality. For that reason, the latest 5008 is a fully fledged SUV.

There's plenty of competition in the large SUV market, but the 5008's blend of good efficiency, a flexible seating layout and a comfortable ride make it one of our favourites. In fact, we named it as our Large SUV of the Year at the 2020 What Car? Awards, over other fine 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 matches the smooth yet punchy 1.2-litre Puretech 130 turbo petrol engine with Allure specification, which gets you most of the kit you're likely to want as standard, including front and rear parking sensors, sat-nav and 18in alloy wheels. Because the 5008 is competitively priced against 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 boxes to tick and which to avoid.

Peugeot 5008 options to choose

Peugeot 5008 front- 69 plate

1. Metallic paint (£575)

As well as helping you to stand out from the crowd, metallic paint can increase the value of your car on the used-car market, meaning you'll get more money back when the time comes to sell. Upgrading from the 5008's standard white paint to one of the metallic shades will cost you £575, while an additional pearlescent finish will set you back £725.

Peugeot 5008 options to choose

Peugeot 5008 long-term test review

2. Smart electric tailgate plus keyless entry and start (£750)

If you're struggling under the weight of some DIY furniture or hefty shopping bags, you'll be grateful that you paid for the 5008's smart tailgate, which you can open and close by swiping your foot beneath the rear bumper. As a bonus, you'll only need to have the key in your pocket to unlock the car and start its engine.

Peugeot 5008 options to choose

Peugeot 5008

3. LED headlights (£850)

As with the smaller Peugeot 3008, it's worth considering LED headlights on the 5008, for both the extra clarity they give at night and their smart features; they can illuminate around a corner, for example. You also get a sportier front bumper and grille thrown in for your money.

Peugeot 5008 options to choose

Peugeot 5008

4. 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 several upgrades for the driver, 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, manually adjustable heated front seats with a driver's massage function are a more palatable £560.

Peugeot 5008 options to avoid

Peugeot 5008

1. 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 severely impact head room in both the front and rear of the car. In fact, if you're carrying anyone over six feet tall back there, they'll be sitting with their head touching the ceiling.

Peugeot 5008 options to avoid

Peugeot 5008 Grip Control

2. 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 electronic systems and adapts them for different conditions, while also giving you bespoke alloy wheels and hard-wearing all-weather tyres for greater grip on slippery roads. We don't think many drivers will need it, though, and the change of tyres does make the ride a little firmer.

Peugeot 5008: best buy

2019 Peugeot 5008 front left tracking RHD
  • Model - Peugeot 5008 1.2 Puretech 130 Allure
  • List price - £30,375
  • Target Price - £28,538
  • Target PCP - £335 per month
  • Options we'd add - Leather trim (£1690), LED headlights (£850), Smart electric tailgate plus keyless entry and start (£750), Metallic paint (£575)
  • Cost of options - £3865

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