Peugeot 5008 review | Auto Express


Thanks to a complete overhaul, the second generation Peugeot 5008 is unrecognisable from the previous car. That’s no bad thing, though, as it’s better than ever, thanks to a fantastic interior and a composed feel on the road.

The 5008 is a likeable car in petrol form, but it’s in mid-spec diesel guise that it makes the most sense. It’s gutsy enough to handle a full load, offers impressive economy and is reasonably refined, although the lack of any electrified option might just start to count against it.

About the Peugeot 5008

Once upon a time, the Peugeot 5008 was for sale as an MPV, but it’s now an SUV. Essentially it’s the seven-seat version of the 3008 – another car that used to have some people carrier DNA in its design. Look at the spec sheets, and you’ll find that the 5008 has the same engines and trim lines as the 3008, with the seven-seater layout being the main thing that separates the two.

The 5008 gets different styling and a longer roof line than the 3008, while the extended rear overhang means there’s space for the third row of seats. This also means the 5008 has a bigger boot when the back seats are not in use, which makes it a great choice for families that need a bit more space.

All of these attributes mean the 5008 has to take on some strong rivals in the seven-seat family SUV class. Chief among these is the Skoda Kodiaq, which has been joined by the similar SEAT Tarraco at the front of the class, although the 5008 makes a great alternative option. Elsewhere, there’s the Nissan X-Trail and Honda CR-V, although both these models have smaller rear seats than the 5008. There’s also the VW Tiguan Allspace, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.

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One word of advice, though. If you’re going to be using the third row of seats frequently, then none of these SUVs will be as practical everyday as a conventional MPV like the VW Touran, or van-based model like the Toyota Proace Verso.

A facelift in 2020 saw some slight exterior styling changes, including a larger grille, revised LED running lights and new headlights. On-board tech was also upgraded with a new 10-inch infotainment screen and an updated 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

If the 5008 sounds appealing, then you can get behind the wheel from around £32,000. This is for the entry level 1.2 PureTech 130 three-cylinder turbo petrol in Active Premium + guise. If the thought of a 128bhp 1.2-litre engine hauling a seven-seat SUV doesn’t appeal, don’t worry, because the unit is a torquey performer, although it might struggle with a full load.

Other engines include a 1.6 PureTech petrol with 178bhp, a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel with 129bhp (this replaced the earlier 1.6 BlueHDi), plus a 2.0 BlueHDi with 175bhp.

The 1.2 PureTech and 1.5 BlueHDi are available with a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed EAT8 auto gearboxes. The more powerful 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel units come with the eight-speed auto transmission. All versions of the Peugeot 5008 are front-wheel drive with no four-wheel drive option available. While that might seem daft on an SUV, Peugeot does offer its Grip Control system as an option, which adapts the traction control system to different surfaces and adds mud & snow tyres, which helps gives a modicum of off-road ability if you need it.

Active Premium + trim is the entry point to the range and is pretty well equipped, but upgrading to the Allure Premium + version adds 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a 10-inch infotainment screen with integrated sat-nav and ambient interior lighting. Allure Premium +, GT and GT Premium models make up the rest of the range.

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The Peugeot 5008 has changed a great deal since its introduction in 2009. The first model was focused on space and practicality, with little thought given to glamour and style. Things have changed with the current model, which has bold styling, a funky cabin and the latest tech.

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Peugeot 5008 Mk2: 2017-

Thanks to a complete overhaul, the second-generation Peugeot 5008 is unrecognisable from the previous car. That’s no bad thing, though, because it’s better than ever, thanks to a fantastic interior and a composed feel on the road. The 5008 is a likeable car in petrol form, but it’s in mid-spec diesel guise that it makes the most sense. It’s gutsy enough to handle a full load, offers impressive economy and is reasonably refined, although the lack of an electrified option might just start to count against it. 

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Peugeot 5008 Mk1: 2009-2017

The original 5008 arrived in 2009 as a seven-seater MPV, and was a big step up in quality and driving dynamics over the cars that had gone before. Peugeot introduced its first people-carrier, the 806, in 1995, and the more stylish 807 in 2003. But each new arrival was trying to get a slice of an even smaller pie, as buyers migrated away from MPVs towards SUVs. It’s no surprise then, that the current 5008 is more SUV than MPV.  Read our full Mk1 Peugeot 5008 buyer’s guide here…

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