Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s plenty of leg room in the front of the Peugeot 5008, and although there’s not as much head room as there is in the Kia Sorento and Skoda Kodiaq, there's still plenty for taller folks. That changes if you order the panoramic sunroof, though, because it limits head room (we advise trying one before you buy). The interior is wide enough to put a comfortable distance between you and your front passenger.
While you'll struggle to fit even gloves into the glovebox, the rest of the storage options are plentiful and varied. There's a vast cavern beneath the front central armrest, and it's air-conditioned to keep your packed lunch chilled. You'll also find a couple of cupholders and a large tray for your mobile phone in the centre console. The door bins are massive and it's a nice touch that they’re carpeted inside so any loose items won’t rattle around.
Leg room in the middle row is fine too. The Sorento or Kodiaq have a bit more to spare, but the 5008 still has plenty of space for long legs, even when the front seats are slid way back. It's also one of the best large SUVs for seating three adults abreast in its middle row. Each person gets a comfortable individual chair that slides and reclines, and there’s a good amount of shoulder room for all. It also has a completely flat floor, so there’s no awkward hump for the middle passenger to straddle, as there is in nearly every rival including the Sorento, Kodiaq and Seat Tarraco.
Many large SUVs – the Citroën C5 Aircross and Mazda CX-5 for example – only have a five-seat configuration, but the 5008 comes with a third row of fold-out seats as standard. They’re better suited to children than adults, but a couple of 6ft passengers could possibly stomach them for a short trip, and it would be preferable to being cooped up in the even tighter rearmost seats in the Kodiaq. The Sorento's third row of seats will take adults more easily.