Review: Peugeot 5008 (2010 – 2017)


Roomy full seven-seat MPV with disappearing rearmost seats. 2506-litre boot capacity. Good ride quality. Very comfortable. Well priced.

Not a sporty drive.

Peugeot 5008 (2010 – 2017): At A Glance

Peugeot might call its 5008 a compact MPV but it’s far from small. With seven seats and a bright, roomy cabin there’s a lot of space on offer for a family. There’s a lot of flexibility, too, with a sliding middle row of seats to give between 758 and 823 litres of carrying capacity, or a huge 2506 litres with everything folded flat.

The rearmost row of seats isn’t exactly spacious, but for small children or occasional use it’s fine and access is good thanks to a clever mechanism in the middle row of seats. Add to that an easy-to-drive character, plus comfortable seats and you get very family-friendly car.

Peugeot offers a pair of 1.6-litre petrol engines with 120PS or 156PS, plus three diesel engines with between 115PS and 163PS. The lower powered petrol engine might not be the best suited to the 5008, but the rest of the range offers respectable performance.

Regardless of engine the 5008 is easy to drive and refined. Motorway cruising is relaxed and, despite the car’s large size, it’s easy to park or manoeuvre in town providing parking sensors are specified. It is a heavy car, but unless you press on particularly hard it remains composed even on twisting country roads.

The facelifted model, introduced in 2014, offers better quality and more standard equipment than earlier cars. It’s certainly more attractively styled than the pre-facelift model, but it doesn’t do quite enough to beat the pricier Ford S-MAX for driver enjoyment nor the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso for style and comfort.

The Peugeot 5008 doesn't stand out as the very best seven-seat MPV on sale, but it's worth adding to your shortlist. It’s easy to drive, practical and well-equipped, with impressive flexibility thanks to the easy-to-use seating system and large load area.

Peugeot 5008 2009 Road Test

What does a Peugeot 5008 (2010 – 2017) cost?

List Price from £27,915
Buy new from £25,031
Contract hire from £265.74 per month

Peugeot 5008 (2010 – 2017): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4529–4530 mm
Width 1837–2118 mm
Height 1638–1647 mm
Wheelbase 2727 mm

Full specifications

As you’d expect from a seven-seat MPV, the 5008 is impressively practical. There’s enough space in the middle row for three adults, with ample leg and headroom. Shoulder space is a little tight but for teenagers or children it’s fine.

The rearmost two seats fold up individually out of the boot floor with one tug. Access is easy, thanks to the cleverly thought out sliding seat mechanism in the middle row. There’s enough room for children to sit comfortably, but it’ll get a bit tight for adults on anything but short trips.

With the rearmost row of seats folded down there’s a flat load area with a low load lip. That makes loading and unloading bulky items easy and there is certainly room aplenty. To the level of the tonneau cover there is 512 litres of space, but if you move that out of the way and slide the middle row of seats forward and you’ll get a huge 2506 litres.

There are a couple of minor problems with the load area though. The tonneau cover isn’t easy to stow when folding the seats, plus the tailgate is large and heavy, which is awkward in tight places like multi-storey car parks. However, on the whole it’s a practical people carrier and offers plenty of useful space.

Up front the cabin is neatly laid out with a nice high-up gear lever and clear dials. That said, many drivers will have to lean forward in their seat to operate the centre stack controls properly and the infotainment system isn’t the most user-friendly, with some confusing menu options.

The glovebox is small too, but there are plenty more cubby holes around including a huge storage bin between the driver and passenger. Material quality is generally quite good – there’s a few poorer quality areas lower down, but most surfaces are covered in soft touch plastic.

Standard equipment is reasonable – all models get alloy wheels, air conditioning, hill start assist and an electric parking brake. Creature comforts like cruise control, rear window blinds parking sensors require an upgrade to mid-spec Active trim.

Standard Equipment:

Access trim comes with leather steering wheel, air conditioning, electric front windows, electric parking brake, hill start assist, Peugeot Connect USB with Bluetooth, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and LED indicators.

Active trim adds front and rear parking sensors, parking space measurement aid, cruise control, rear electric windows, automatic headlights and wipers, front fog lights, electric folding door mirrors, rear sun blinds, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and a height adjustable driver’s seat.

Allure gets a panoramic glass roof, tinted rear glass, 18-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, head-up display and the Peugeot Connect colour navigation system.

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What's the Peugeot 5008 (2010 – 2017) like to drive?

Peugeot offers a good selection of engines for the 5008, familiar from other models in the Peugeot and Citroen ranges. Entry level cars get a 120PS 1.6-litre VTi petrol, but most buyers will be better off moving up to the 115PS 1.6-litre HDi diesel, which produces more torque and offers more relaxed driving.

It’s also the most frugal engine in the range, with official economy of 65.7mpg and emissions of 113g/km in the most economical Access trim, provided stop/start and the six-speed automated manual transmission are specified. Unfortunately the automated manual is a slow-witted gearbox, so it’s not recommended unless necessary.

There is also a 156PS 1.6-litre petrol engine, which is ideal for low-mileage or town drivers because it produces plenty of torque low down the rev range. There is also a 150PS 2.0-litre diesel manual and a 163PS diesel automatic, both of which are impressive motorway and long-distance cruisers.

The 5008 is very easy to drive, with a comfortable, commanding driving position and well placed major controls, like a high-up, easy to reach gear lever and an electric parking brake. Despite the cars large size it’s easy to park and drive in town traffic thanks to good visibility and large mirrors, although entry-level models do without parking sensors.

There are a few problems though. The clutch pedal can feel a bit too stiffly sprung at first, which makes smooth starts tricky until you get the hang of it. Manual transmissions aren’t the slickest either, although they aren't terrible by any means.

Peugeot has emphasised ride quality over dynamism, so over speed bumps and potholes the cabin typically manages to stay quiet and smooth, particularly on a motorway cruise. That doesn’t hamper handling too much though – the 5008 corners fairly well unless on particularly tight, twisting routes, where its weight causes some body roll.

That’s more or less what you expect from a seven-seat MPV, though – the only rival that manages to deliver genuinely enjoyable handling is the Ford S-MAX. The 5008 is much better suited to a more relaxed pace over A-roads, on motorways and around town. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 Puretech 130 52–53 mpg 10.9–12.3 s 122 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 64–67 mpg 12.2–13.7 s 109 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 Automatic 64–66 mpg 12.8 s 113 g/km
1.6 e-HDi 115 Automatic 59–66 mpg 12.6 s 113–126 g/km
1.6 HDi 110 53 mpg 12.9 s 140 g/km
1.6 HDi 110 Automatic 55 mpg 12.6 s 135 g/km
1.6 HDi 112 51–56 mpg 12.9 s 132–144 g/km
1.6 HDi 112 Automatic 55 mpg 12.6 s 134–139 g/km
1.6 HDi 112 EGC 63 mpg 12.6 s 117 g/km
1.6 HDi 115 54–60 mpg 12.9 s 124–135 g/km
1.6 THP 156 40–40 mpg 9.7 s 163–167 g/km
1.6 THP 165 40–41 mpg 9.7 s 159–163 g/km
1.6 THP 165 Automatic - - 183 g/km
1.6 THP Automatic 37 mpg 9.9 s 179 g/km
1.6 VTi 120 39–41 mpg 12.3 s 159–169 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 150 63–69 mpg 9.9–11.2 s 108–110 g/km
2.0 HDi 150 50–56 mpg 10.0–12.9 s 132–154 g/km
2.0 HDi 150 Automatic 41 mpg 10.5 s 177 g/km
2.0 HDi 163 Automatic 42–50 mpg 10.5 s 149–181 g/km

Real MPG average for a Peugeot 5008 (2010 – 2017)

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We want a petrol seven-seater - what do you suggest?

I need a seven seat car but don't do long distance regularly. Most journeys are short such as school, work, shopping. The majority of options are diesel though. We really like the Peugeot 5008 and currently drive a 2004 Vauxhall Zafira that's past its best. We have considered the newer Zafira but would like a change. What do you recommend?
For mainly short journeys, I'd stick with petrol. We like the original Peugeot 5008, it offers great versatility and represents good value for money on the used market. Take a look at the Mazda 5 too, it's a very reliable MPV and the petrol is a smooth, likeable engine.
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