Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
For cash buyers, the Peugeot 5008 undercuts the equivalent Skoda Kodiaq and costs much less than any version of the Kia Sorento, although the Citroën C5 Aircross is cheaper. It's very competitive on PCP finance next to the Sorento, but is massively undercut by the Ford Kuga, and both the Kuga and the Sorento have better resale values. The 5008 still holds its value pretty well, though. Servicing and insurance costs are higher than average, but only by a few hundred pounds over a three-year ownership period.
If you're a company car driver looking for a regular pertol or diesel the 5008 makes sense, costing you a lot less in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax than the Sorento. However, there are plug-in hybrid options in the class, like the Kuga PHEV, which will save you even more over petrol- or diesel-powered cars.
We’ve carried out a real-world fuel economy test on the 1.2 Puretech 130. It didn’t match its claimed combined figure of up to 46mpg, but the 36.0mpg it did manage isn't bad for a petrol engine wedded to a large SUV. For the best economy in the range, go for the BlueHDi 130, which will happily return 45-50mpg in the real world if driven with care. If you don't want a diesel and need something more fuel efficient, the Honda CR-V Hybrid can average 45mpg in the real world and the Kuga PHEV 50mpg, even after its battery has been used up.
Equipment, options and extras
The 5008 is well equipped. We've mentioned already the infotainment side and that all versions come with auto lights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, LED dipped headlights, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. The entry-level Active Premium also comes with 17in alloy wheels, keyless start, two-zone climate control and power-folding door mirrors.
If you can stretch to the Allure trim it adds extra safety and infotainment kit plus niceties like privacy glass and 18in alloys. Our pick of the range (Allure Premium) is only a fraction more and adds further ambient lighting, a foldable passenger seat, rear picnic tables, rear blinds and keyless entry.
The rest of the trim range is quite pricey, so we wouldn't spend the extra unless you need the more powerful engines that are available with them.
The Peugeot brand finished a little below average in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 25th of the 31 manufacturers tested. Nissan, Citroën and Land Rover finished lower, but Seat, Skoda, Honda and Toyota all did better.
All 5008s come with a three-year/60,000 mile warranty, which is par for the course. Hyundai and Kia both offer far longer warranties as standard.
Safety and security
Euro NCAP awarded the 5008 five stars overall in its crash tests, and a glance at its individual scores for each category tested show it’s good across the board. It isn't the best in class, though, because the Toyota RAV4, for example, does a better job of protecting the driver’s chest and looking after kids in the back seats.
All models come with active safety gizmos to hopefully prevent you from having an accident, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, e-Call emergency assistance and speed limit recognition. Allure trim adds lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beam, blind spot warning and a driver attention alert system – to warn when the driver is tired.
The security experts at Thatcham Research gave the 5008 five stars out of five for its ability to resist a thief's attempts to pinch it from your driveway and four out of five for holding out against someone trying to break in.
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