The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
All versions come with a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel. This provides enough tailoring to get comfortable, but our recommended trim – mid-spec Allure – adds manually adjustable lumbar support to make life even more agreeable. Go for the GT Line Premium trim and you even get a massage function, while the top-spec GT adds electric adjustment with memory presets.
The 5008's tiny steering wheel is part of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard philosophy, as seen on almost every model they make. The idea is that you view the high-set instruments above the steering wheel, rather than looking at them through the steering wheel, as per convention, where they're potentially obscured. Does it work? Well, the truth is that the setup is really an answer to a question no one has seemingly asked; there's very little wrong with the more conventional driving positions of the Skoda Kodiaq and Seat Tarraco. In the 5008, at least, the design works fine; after a little familiarisation you feel quite at home. By contrast, some other Peugeots featuring this layout never feel anything other than odd.
We like the standard digital instruments; most rivals either don't have this feature or charge extra for it. They're very clear and can be arranged in multiple ways, even showing your navigation route across the entire 12.3in screen. Elsewhere, the physical knobs and buttons are positioned well, but it's a shame there aren't more of them; the climate controls are located on the touchscreen, so you have to swap to the climate menu every time you want to change the temperature. That's just silly and an unnecessary distraction when you’re on the move.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Seeing out of the 5008 is about as easy as it gets in a modern SUV. You sit high and the front pillars aren't as thick as they are in some of the competition, 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're still fretting that a car of this size will prove a headache to park, go for our recommended Allure trim. It comes with front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard. 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 the 5008 has to offer. All versions come with dusk-sensing lights and rain-sensing wipers, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror, and GT Line trim includes bright LED headlights, which are optional on Allure versions.
Sat nav and infotainment
Let's start with the features. All versions come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Those last two let you display and use selected apps from your phone on the 8.0in screen, including Waze or Google Maps. Choose our preferred trim, Allure, and you get in-built sat-nav, with live TomTom traffic updates and speed camera alerts as standard.
The touchscreen is positioned sensibly high up on the dashboard so it's easy to reach, but the graphics look old-fashioned and the definition is quite low – at least relative to rivals such as the Kodiaq and Tarraco. The biggest issue, though, is its software. First off, there are far too many sub-menus, so it's not intuitive to navigate your way around the levels, and a lot of the icons are too small. Then you have to deal with the system's geriatric reactions; when you press an icon, there’s usually a noticeable delay while it mulls over your request. Most rivals' systems are considerably less infuriating to use.
Wireless phone charging is standard on GT Line trim and up, and if you enjoy your music, it's worth considering the optional Focal premium sound system (standard on GT). This adds a 515W amplifier, more (and higher quality) speakers, plus a subwoofer. It sounds punchy and really rather good.
While certain cars in its class, such as the Kodiaq, are more robustly made in places, the 5008 is solid enough, and only those rivals with premium badges – and the price tags to match – can deliver the same sense of occasion.
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 look. These 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 is bathed in a subtle glow from the all-round ambient lighting. It looks truly special and makes the 5008 a thoroughly enjoyable place in which to while away the miles.
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