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.