Many of the 5008’s rivals only offer a third row of seats as an option, or as standard just on higher-end versions, but all 5008s come with seven seats. There’s not enough space in these seats for fully-fledged adults, but they’ll be useful for carrying children
for short distances on an occasional basis. The seating arrangement is pretty flexible, too. All three second-row seats are the same size and each one can be adjusted or folded down separately with a tug of a lever, and the third-row chairs fold away under the boot floor, or can be removed entirely for extra luggage space.
With seven chairs
in place, you’ll have enough boot space for a few shopping bags, but not much else. However, with the car set up in five-seat mode, cargo space gets a lot more generous and compares well with other cars in the class. Space grows to van-like proportions in two-seat mode and, should you want to transport a particularly long item, you also have the option to fold down the front passenger seat back.
Peugeot has made a concerted effort to move its interiors upmarket in recent years, and there’s a premium feel to the 5008’s cabin, both in terms of its styling and the quality of the materials used. The driving position is raised, and the low dashboard enhances that commanding feel by giving a nice, wide view of the road ahead, although the slightly strange positional relationship of the steering wheel and driver’s seat means that your view of the digital dashboard might not be so clear. Most functions are operated through the standard touchscreen, which isn’t the most logically laid out system you’ll ever use, but the piano key-style shortcut buttons help out by letting you jump between menus.
On the road, the 5008 will do a decent job of keeping you and your brood
comfortable. The ride can feel slightly firm and fidgety at low urban speeds, but things flatten out as you go faster, and you’ll find that the car is at its best when cruising smoothly and quietly along the motorway. It feels pretty well controlled when changing direction, too, meaning your little’uns won’t be thrown around in their seats every time you encounter a corner.