All versions come with a height adjustable driver’s seat and a reach and rake adjustable steering wheel. These allow enough variance to get a good driving position.
Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard design works well in the 5008. Instead of looking at the instruments through the steering wheel, as you do in most cars, the dials are high up on the dashboard with a small steering wheel below. In some other Peugeot models, such as the 308, the steering wheel can block the instruments, but in the 5008 this doesn’t appear to be an issue.
Most of the controls are sensibly positioned, although you have to go into the touchscreen menus to bring up the climate functions, including the temperature controls, and the cruise control buttons are completely hidden behind the steering wheel.
Peugeot 5008 visibility
Seeing out of the 5008 is, in the main, as easy as it is in other SUVs. The thick windscreen pillars create a blind spot around roundabouts and a small rear screen doesn’t help when reversing. However, our Allure-spec press car came with front and rear parking sensors as well as a reversing camera, which made low speed manoeuvring a breeze.
Allure models also come with a blind spot warning system to highlight cars lurking to your side, and dusk sensing lights and rain-sensing wipers are likely to be standard throughout the range.
Peugeot 5008 infotainment
Final specifications are yet to be finalised, but we would suspect that the 5008 will closely follow the 3008’s trim structure. Therefore, it is likely that all versions will get a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a digital instrument display, which you can configure in a number of styles as standard.
Like its smaller sibling, the main 8.0in touchscreen is positioned high up on the dashboard. This has good definition and the conventional buttons below it for swapping between the main functions are easy to use. The problems arise when you use the sub-menus, because some of the smaller icons are tricky to hit on the move, and there’s often quite a delay while the system processes your commands.
Peugeot 5008 build quality
While other cars in the class like the Skoda Kodiaq are just as solidly built, none, except those with premium badges and price tags to match, equal the 5008 for upmarket feel.
Most of the surfaces are soft to the touch, and those that aren’t tend to be hidden low down. There’s an eclectic mix of materials that work harmoniously to enhance the ambience, including chrome highlights around the centre console and, depending on which trim you opt for, attractive cloth or wood inserts across the dashboard and on the doors.
At night the cabin is bathed in the cultivated glow from the all-round ambient lighting.