Whether you like it or not, the popularity of SUVs has gone through the roof in the last decade. No longer do buyers want frumpy looking MPVs. Luxury, refinement and stylish looks are now the order of the day.
Peugeot is well aware of this, and instead of ignoring market demands like other French brands (see the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso and Renault Grand Scénic), it has embraced it. The original Peugeot 5008 was a traditional, boxy MPV, but this new second-generation model is quite firmly in the SUV camp, and a rival to the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and cheaper Land Rover Discovery Sport models.
Like its smaller sibling, the 3008, the 5008 receives a rather swish interior, which, compared with the functional dashboards of rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail and Skoda Kodiaq, makes it look like a motor show concept car, with its plentiful mix of materials and avant-garde design.
Yet beyond the visual stimuli, the Peugeot 5008 needs to be practical, cheap to run and good to drive if it’s to succeed in this extremely competitive class. Read on to find out exactly how good it is, and which engines, trims and options we recommend.
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