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. This provides enough tailoring to get comfortable, but that's enhanced from Allure trim up with manually adjustable lumbar support to make life even more agreeable. Go for the top-spec GT Premium trim and you'll get an electrically adjustable seat with memory presets and a massaging function.
The 5008's tiny steering wheel is, as we've mentioned, part of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard philosophy. The idea is that you view the high-set instruments above the steering wheel, rather than looking at them through it – as per convention – which potentially obscures them. Does it work? Well, in the 5008 (as opposed to some other Peugeots), yes, it does, but still takes a while to adjust to and it's 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, Skoda Kodiaq or Seat Tarraco.
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. As we've said, you sit high and with the front pillars not being as thick as they are in some of the competition, 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, you needn't. All versions come 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, rain-sensing wipers, LED dipped headlights and an automatically dimming rear-view mirror. GT trim upgrades you to full LED headlights with a 'Fog Mode', which reduces their intensity (and the glare) when you activate the rear fog lights.
Sat nav and infotainment
Let's start with the features. The entry-level trim comes 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 via the 8.0in touchscreen, including Waze or Google Maps. Allure trim replaces this with a bigger and sharper 10.0in touchscreen with in-built sat-nav and live TomTom traffic updates as standard.
The touchscreen are positioned sensibly high up on the dashboard so it's easy to reach, but we still prefer the systems you get in the Kia Sorento, Seat Tarraco and Skoda Kodiaq. Why? Well, it's the 5008's 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 an option and, if you enjoy your music, it's worth considering the Focal premium sound system (optional on GT and standard on GT Premium trim). This adds a 515W amplifier, more (and higher quality) speakers, plus a subwoofer. It's punchy and really rather good.
While certain cars in the class, such as the Sorento and Kodiaq, are slightly more robust 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 feel. 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 the subtle glow of ambient lighting. It looks truly special and makes the 5008 a thoroughly enjoyable place to while away the miles.
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