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.
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.
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.