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Peugeot 5008 review

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Peugeot 5008
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2 Mar 2017 14:17 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 15:57

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Peugeot 5008 estate front space

There’s plenty of leg room in the front of the 5008, and although there’s not as much head room as in a Skoda Kodiaq it’s still decent for taller folk. That’s as long as you don’t option the panoramic sunroof, which limits head room quite badly; be warned, it’s standard on the top-spec GT trim. The interior is also wide enough to put a comfortable distance between you and your front passenger.

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Storage options are right up there with the class best. You might not think so if you start by opening the glovebox, which you’d struggle to fit two gloves into, but the vast cavern beneath the central armrest makes up for that. It’s air-conditioned, too, so you can keep your packed lunch cool. You also have a couple of cupholders and a large tray for your mobile phone that includes wireless charging on the GT Line and GT trims. The door bins are massive and it's a nice touch that they’re carpeted inside, so loose items won’t rattle around.

Peugeot 5008 estate rear space

We mentioned the lack of head room in the front if you have the optional (or standard on GT) panoramic sunroof. Well, that roof makes things even worse for anyone travelling in the middle row. It may make the rear light and airy if you’re a kid staring up at the sky, but the six-foot-plus adult you’re carrying, with their head wedged against the rooflining, will be turning the air blue with frustration. Think extremely carefully about ordering it. Without it, head room is fine, although not the best in class.

Neither is knee room in the second row; a Kodiaq or Nissan X-Trail has a centimetre or two more. But it’s still good enough for 6ft adults to sit behind their equivalents up front. Where the middle row is good, though, is if you have three adults sitting abreast. They each get an individual chair that slides and reclines, including the middle passenger – this is much more comfortable than the raised perch you get in many of the 5008’s rivals.

There’s also much more shoulder room for three across and, with a completely flat floor, there’s no central tunnel for the middle passenger to straddle, as there is in the Kodiaq.

The 5008’s third-row seats are cramped, so are naturally better suited to kids than tall adults. A couple of 6ft passengers could stomach sitting there for a short trip and would certainly prefer the experience to sitting in the even tighter third row of a Kodiaq or X-Trail.

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Peugeot 5008 estate seating flexibility

Front passengers get height adjustment as standard, but adjustable lumbar support or an electrically adjustable passenger seat isn’t an option.

The front passenger seat folds flat, meaning you get the full length of the car, from boot to dashboard, to fit in a particularly long load.

In the middle row, the three individually sliding and reclining chairs allow passengers to find their own optimal seating position. And because they split and fold 40/20/40, it gives you more flexibility when carrying longer items and passengers.

The third-row seats pull out manually and are easy to erect or stow as and when required.

Peugeot 5008 estate boot space

The boot is massive. We managed to fit in 10 carry-on suitcases without much effort – that's a match for an Audi Q5 and better than the 5008’s nearest rivals on price, the Kodiaq and X-Trail.

That’s partly down to the boot being a good, square shape, with no wheel arch intrusion, and also because it is so tall from floor to ceiling. Not only that, but the boot floor is relatively low to the ground and ends flush with the tailgate opening, so there’s no awkward lip to lift heavy items over.

Because the rear seats slide forward, you can extend boot space while still keeping three seats available in the middle row. Then they of course fold flat, giving you a long extended load bay resembling a small van.

A powered tailgate, which you can open with a swipe of your foot underneath the rear bumper, is optional on most models and standard on the top GT trim.


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There are 5 trims available for the 5008 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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You get everything that the Active model gets, plus sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, privacy glass, driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, rear picnic tables, rear window blin...View trim
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The top-spec model throws in an electrically operated driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support, memory recall and massage facility. You also get nappa leather seat trim, 19in alloy wheels, adapti...View trim
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