Peugeot 5008 (2017) Review

Peugeot 5008 (2017) At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Peugeot 5008 is an impressive all-rounder as well as one of the more desirable cars in the class. It’s well worthy of anyone’s consideration, and one of our favourite SUVs.

+Seven seats as standard, well-equipped for the money,refined and easy to drive, very family-friendly, three Isofix in the back.

-Skoda Kodiaq uses better materials in the cabin, tight in the back if you're tall, infotainment system could be better, some key equipment reserved only for range-topper.

Insurance Groups are between 11–24
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

The Peugeot 5008 is undoubtedly one of the best cars of its type. Importantly, it has the practicality and versatility to match any of its seven-seater SUV rivals, while it’s also comfortable, entertaining and refined to drive, and comes well stocked with luxury and safety kit. Even better, it’s more stylish than most rivals, and has a jaw-droppingly attractive interior. There are some absolutely cracking cars in this class, including the Skoda Kodiaq, SEAT Tarraco and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. However, the Peugeot stands comparison with the very best of them.

They say good things home to those who wait, and looking at the Peugeot 5008, they may well have a point. You see, it took Peugeot a wee bit of time to get the car right. The first generation car was good on practicality and everything, but it had some fairly fundamental flaws.

The ride was a bit firm, the quality was a bit iffy in places, but most importantly, it looked horrendous. With an MPV shape that Peugeot tried to embellish with a few SUV-style touches, the result was awkward and unattractive. It still did okay sales-wise, so the appetite was clearly there, but it could’ve been so much more.

Happily, Peugeot learned the lessons when cooking up the latest incarnation, and the result is unquestionably one of the finest cars of its type. It’s a proper SUV this time, with no schizophrenia about its styling, and one of the more handsome ones in the class at that thanks to its bold, flamboyant features.

If you really want flamboyant, though, all you need to do is open a door and look inside. The interior in this car is like nothing else in the class. With sophisticated design, gorgeous materials and thoughtful, stylish finishes, it feels more comparable to more expensive SUVS from the likes of Audi and Mercedes than it does to the Skodas and SEATs of the world.

What’s more, the 5008 also has the other important bit of any seven-seat SUV - practicality - nailed, too. One of the roomier cars of its type in any of its seven seats, it’s better than most rivals when faced with the task of carrying seven adults.

And, with seven individual seats that fold and flip in all sorts of genius ways, it’s a versatile load-carrier, too. Yes, one or two key bits of equipment are reserved for the range-topping models, but most versions come with most of what you need for a comfortable family life.

And talking of comfort, the ride that was brittle and unsettled in the first-generation car has become much, much more forgiving.

This is now one of the comfiest cars in the class, and in a car that’s designed to ferry lots of people around, that’s the most important thing. That handling is stable and assured, meanwhile, while even the entry-level petrol and diesel engines provide impressive punch, excellent economy and really good refinement.

Granted, it’s not perfect. The infotainment system can be confusing and frustrating to use, even after you’ve familiarised yourself with its foibles, and if you go for a version with the panoramic roof (standard on the top two trims, optional on most of the others), the amount of headroom you get is absolutely ruined. Other than that, though, there’s very little to complain about.

Ask Honest John

What's the best SUV for £22,000 or less?
"I have a budget of £22,000 for a used or new SUV. It must have an automatic gearbox with a petrol or hybrid powertrain. The boot size must also be at least 550 litres or above. Other requirements include sat nav, climate control, cruise control and passenger space for five adults. What do you suggest I buy?"
A Skoda Kodiaq is a great option – a former Honest John Car of the Year and an excellent used purchase. We'd also recommend the Peugeot 5008. It's a very spacious and modern SUV with a huge boot. Go for the 1.2-litre petrol and it'll be cheap to run, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is the Ford Edge a good buy?
"I'm thinking about buying a diesel Ford Edge but I wanted to know if it's a good car. Will it depreciate a lot?"
There are better options. Ford stopped selling the Edge in the UK last year due to slow sales. As such, it'll probably depreciate quite heavily. We'd recommend an alternative like a Skoda Kodiaq, Peugeot 5008 or Hyundai Santa Fe.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Are there any cars with sliding doors that fit three child seats?
"I want a car or MPV with sliding doors for a family of three kids and two adults. I currently have a Ford S-MAX and we can get three child seats in the middle row but obviously that doesn’t have sliding doors. I’m considering the Mazda 5 but want to know if the middle row will hold three seats. We don’t want to go as big as the SEAT Alhambra. Hope you can help."
Unfortunately, the Mazda 5 is not compatible with what you want. It's very unlikely to seat all three kids in the back - and it only has two Isofix anchor points in the second row anyway. That leaves you with two options (unless you can think of an alternative model I haven't): 1) a larger car like the Sharan or MPV with sliding doors, 2) a slightly smaller car without sliding doors. You're unlikely to get a smaller car with sliding doors, essentially. Here are some models that fit three child seats across the back (but not all have three Isofix points): 1)Audi Q7 2) Peugeot 5008 3)VW Touran 4) VW Sharan/SEAT Alhambra 5) Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 6) Ford Galaxy 7) Renault Grand Scenic 8) Citroen C5 Aircross (two outer seats get isofix mounts) 9) Vauxhall Combo Life/Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter (second row gets 3 isofix points and fits 3 child seats, but the third row with two seats isn't suitable for car seats. It has sliding doors but is obviously much larger than your S-MAX as it's van-based). 10) Volvo XC90
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Which is the best seven seat SUV?
"Which is the best seven seat SUV?"
The Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 are both excellent seven-seat SUVs, although adults won't be comfortable in the third row in either. Alternatively, you could look at more expensive SUVs like the Volvo XC90 and BMW X7.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Peugeot 5008 (2017) cost?