The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
All versions of the Peugeot 5008 come with a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a reach and rake adjustable steering wheel. That provides enough tailoring to get comfortable, and from Allure trim up you get manually adjustable lumbar support to make life even more agreeable. An electrically adjustable seat with memory presets and a massaging function is available as an option on GT trim.
The 5008's tiny steering wheel is designed so you view the high-set instruments above the steering wheel, rather than looking at them through it, which potentially obscures them. Does it work? Well, in the 5008 (as opposed to some other Peugeots), yes, it does, but it still takes a while to adjust to and is really a solution to a problem no one seems to have. There's very little wrong with the more conventional driving positions of the Kia Sorento, Seat Tarraco and Skoda Kodiaq.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Seeing out of the 5008 is about as easy as it gets in a modern SUV. The front pillars are not as wide as they are in some rivals, so you get a great view forwards. Looking behind, the over-the-shoulder vision is relatively good thanks to its large rear side windows.
If you fear that a car of this size will prove a headache to park, you needn't: all versions come with a reversing camera as standard. At the time of writing, front and rear parking sensors are unavailable due to chip shortages (unless you’re quick and can get a GT Premium from stock). A 360-degree camera system is also available that shows you a bird’s eye view of the car as you’re manoeuvring.
Most of the interior surfaces are soft to the touch, and those that aren’t tend to be hidden lower down. There’s an eclectic mix of materials that work harmoniously to enhance the ambience, giving it a really upmarket feel. They include the 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 of the mid-range Allure Premium+ version is bathed in the subtle glow of ambient lighting. It looks truly special and makes the 5008 a thoroughly enjoyable place to while away the miles.