Peugeot 5008 (2017) Review
Peugeot 5008 (2017) At A Glance
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.