The key to the success of any family car lies in how well its body is controlled, because the last thing you want is for the kids to start feeling queasy the moment you pull away from your drive. However, the 5008 is a bit of a mixed bag. Basically, because the suspension needs to be strong enough to support the weight of up to seven folks, it can feel a little firm when you're driving on your own. You’ll notice this particularly at low speeds, because the car tends to shimmy from side-to-side, and you’ll hear and sense the rear wheels clattering over rougher surfaces.
Thankfully, as speeds rise, things become more settled: the suspension warms to its task, ironing out those initial shimmies, making a decent fist of controlling vertical body movements, and dealing with imperfections in the road in impressive fashion. You will notice some road noise, especially on cars with larger wheels, but that’s mainly because the rest of the car is so quiet.
Although it’s quite narrow, the 5008 is a long car; but, despite this, it’s still pretty agile on twisty roads, with impressively little body roll in corners, yet another win-win for the little fellas. Although there’s no four-wheel drive option, we drove a 5008 over some modest dirt roads and it coped with ease. However, if you plan to venture a long way from asphalt, look towards rivals like the Skoda Kodiaq, Nissan X-Trail or Land Rover Discovery Sport.