Whether you like it or not, the popularity of SUVs has gone through the roof in the past decade. No longer do Renters want frumpy-looking MPVs; luxury, refinement and stylish looks are now the order of the day.
Peugeot is well aware of this and, instead of ignoring market demands like some French brands (see the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso and Renault Grand Scenic), has embraced it. The original 5008 was a traditional, boxy MPV but this current-generation model is quite firmly in the SUV camp and is a rival to the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail .
Like its smaller sibling, the 3008, the 5008 has a rather swish interior that, next to the functional dashboards of its rivals, makes it look like a motor show concept.
Peugeot’s i-Cockpit dashboard design works well in the 5008. Instead of looking at the instruments through the steering wheel, as you do in most cars, the dials are high up on the dashboard, with a small steering wheel below.
Seeing out of the 5008 is about as easy as it gets in modern SUVs. You sit high and, even though the front pillars are quite thick, you still get a great view forward. Looking behind, your over-the-shoulder view is great because of the large rear quarter windows.
You get lots of features with the 5008’s infotainment system. All versions come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay, inbuilt sat-nav with live TomTom traffic updates and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. That last feature means you can display and use selected apps from your phone on the 8.0in screen, including sat-nav. Focal premium sound system adds more speakers that are also better-quality, including a subwoofer, plus a 515W amplifier. It sounds punchy and really rather good.
At night, the interior is bathed in a cultivated glow from the all-round ambient lighting. It looks truly special and makes the 5008 a fantastic place in which to spend time.
Storage options are right up there with the class best. You might not think so if you start by opening the glovebox, which you’d struggle to fit two gloves into, but the vast cavern beneath the central armrest makes up for that. It’s air-conditioned, too, so you can keep your packed lunch cool. You also have a couple of cupholders and a large tray for your mobile phone that includes wireless charging. The door bins are massive and it's a nice touch that they’re carpeted inside, so loose items won’t rattle around.