All versions come with a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel. These allow enough alteration to get a good driving position, while our recommended mid-spec Allure trim brings manually adjustable lumbar support as well.
It’s just a shame that, unless you go for the absolute bells-and-whistles top GT trim, you don’t get an electrically adjustable driver’s seat. It’s part of a ridiculously pricey option pack, although it does bring a rare feature at this price point: a massaging seat.
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; this isn't an issue in the 5008.
As in some much pricier cars, such as Audis and Range Rovers, the instruments are digital instead of analogue as standard, displayed on a 12.3in screen. They’re very clear and you can configure the display in a number of ways to show the information most useful to you, including a large map displaying your navigation route.
Most of the controls are sensibly positioned, except for two gripes: you have to go into the touchscreen menus to operate the climate control functions, including the temperature controls, and the cruise control buttons are completely hidden behind the steering wheel. While you can learn to use the cruise control buttons by touch alone, having to swap screens just to change the temperature is a faff.
Peugeot 5008 visibility
Seeing out of the 5008 is about as easy as it gets in modern SUVs. You sit high and, even though the front pillars are quite thick, you still get a great view forward. Looking behind, your over-the-shoulder view is great because of the large rear quarter windows.
If you still fret that a car of this size will prove a headache to park, then go for our recommended Allure trim and you get front and rear parking sensors, as well as a reversing camera. Should you want even more peace of mind, a 360deg camera system is available that shows you a bird’s eye view of the car as you’re manoeuvring.
And that’s not all the electronic trickery on board. All versions come with dusk-sensing lights and rain-sensing wipers, while Allure models have a blindspot warning system to highlight cars lurking at your side on motorways.
Peugeot 5008 infotainment
You get lots of features with the 5008’s infotainment system. All versions come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. That last feature means you can display and use selected apps from your phone on the 8.0in screen, including sat-nav. However, if you go for our preferred Allure trim, inbuilt sat-nav with live TomTom traffic updates is standard.
The touchscreen is positioned sensibly high up on the dashboard. This has reasonable clarity and decent graphics, but it doesn’t look nearly as good as the crystal-clear displays on the latest Volkswagen Group cars – the Skoda Kodiaq included.
Nor is it as good to use. 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 a delay while the system processes your commands.
One thing that’s worth considering if you enjoy your music is an upgrade to the Focal premium sound system. This adds more speakers that are also better-quality, including a subwoofer, plus a 515W amplifier. It sounds punchy and really rather good.
Peugeot 5008 build quality
While other cars in the class, such as the Kodiaq, are a little more solidly built, none – except those with premium badges and the price tags to match – equals the 5008 for its upmarket feel.
Most of the surfaces are soft to 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 interior is bathed in a cultivated glow from the all-round ambient lighting. It looks truly special and makes the 5008 a fantastic place in which to spend time.