First Peugeot 5008 SUV Review Is In, We’re Getting Mixed Signals

While the 2017 Peugeot 5008 is just as stylish as its smaller, 3008 sibling, some people might find that the smaller model makes more sense.

At least that’s what Carwow’s Mat Watson thinks after having a go in Peugeot’s new 7-seater SUV, a car which looks good and is pleasant to drive, yet doesn’t offer all-wheel drive, has limited headroom for middle-row passengers and is ultimately not built as well as some of its German rivals.

Even so, the cabin of the 5008 remains quite impressive thanks to the i-Cockpit dashboard design with the 12.3″ display, so you’d be hard-pressed to find a more stylish interior within this segment.

Aside from the headroom issues, the 5008 is spacious and offers a lot of clever solutions in terms of storage thanks to its flexible boot area where you can even remove the 3rd-row seats easily.

On the road, Watson says the steering feels sharp and that the car is pretty impressive over bumps, which is always good to hear, especially if you live in places where there are lots of potholes.

In the end, sales numbers will have the last say, though we don’t expect the Peugeot 5008 to have it easy, not with strong rivals such as the VW Tiguan, Toyota RAV4 or the Skoda Kodiaq waiting around.

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  • jfalckt

    Good review, if I didn’t understand contraception and wanted to give my brats a more comfortable beginning in this ever shitty world I think I’d go for the 5008 over VAG group offerings.

    • Six_Tymes

      please tell us more about how miserable your life is, we love hearing your negativity. poor kids, or “brats” being raised by people like you.

      • jfalckt

        Mild swipe at irony, sorry. Meant only to say that it’s quite an attractive car if you need a 7 seater.

  • JA

    Great from the inside (cockpit), ugly from the outside.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Frankly I think it doesn’t look as good as the 3008. And no AWD? Are you mad, PSA?

    • Julien Lachemoi

      Why bother offer AWD when nobody really use it ?

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Because it sells the SUV narrative. People brag about this because it makes them look better. Like how people in hybrids toot their horns and say how “Environmentally Conscious” they are.

        Example: Have you seen my SUV? Oh yeah, it’s All Wheel Drive by the way. One the most capable out there. With this All Wheel Drive, I can go anywhere! I’m almost thinking about moving to Alaska because my ALL WHEEL DRIVE SUV isn’t not challenged enough.

        • jfalckt

          Exactly, and if you think back, a long way back, the old Pug 504 conquered Africa and I’m pretty certain that never was 4 wheel drive

        • Six_Tymes

          well said, spot on.

        • Julien Lachemoi

          Well then, by not offering a AWD version Peugeot is preventing people from bragging too much about their car.
          I’m not sure it’s a bad thing.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            I never said it was 😉

        • Matt

          Think of it as an MPV that just looks like an SUV because that’s what consumers like. They don’t care what wheels get driven, they just like the ‘jacked-up’ look.

    • jfalckt

      The 3008 looks very good, compact and chunky, I think they’ve done quite a neat job extending this to a 7-seater, not drop dead gorgeous, but not ugly

    • Ilbirs

      For now, I believe this 5008 is more like a asphalt crossover whose maker was too ashamed to make a minivan and pushed back its windshield to not having a monovolume shape. Seeing how was the previous 5008, we would say that at this time Peugeot guys were showing that shame of having a minivan, but less shame than today:

      https://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/gallery/PEUGEOT-5008-4958_21.jpg

      As can be seen, its design is less cab-forward than a C4 Grand Picasso underpinned by the same PF2 platform, but the current 5008, underpinned by the EMP2, is way less cab-forward than its predecessor. About not being as harmonic as the 3008, it’s one of the compromises you made when you have two models that also share a good amount of external panels and the seven-seater is designed by people not wanting any minivan-ish looks. Previous 3008 and 5008 were much more different between them outside:

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-luD2qzopj-U/Uhwv-bQnJQI/AAAAAAAAB_E/1iqicWvbJRc/s1600/Peugeot+3008+2014+1.jpg

      http://auto-database.com/image/pictures-of-peugeot-5008-2014-107232.jpg

      About AWD, all points to be a later implementation in the EMP2. We now have the Citroën Spacetourer 4X4 Ë Concept showing this possibility to PSA ultra-flexible platform:

      http://icdn-1.motor1.com/images/mgl/XeoQp/s3/citroen-spacetourer-4×4-e-concept.jpg

      http://images.caradisiac.com/images/2/6/6/4/112664/S0-salon-de-geneve-2017-citroen-spacetourer-4×4-e-concept-publicitaire-395928.jpg

      Maybe it’ll be soon available to a broad range of EMP2 underpinned models, as we’re talking about a base with low mechanical variations.

  • The Watcher

    Oh look, Honda has pulling trunk cover, let’s copy it. Nevertheless, it’s an extremely useful feature.

  • Bash

    it doesn’t interests me at all.. not now, not in the future… Peugeot has to make good reliable cars first (as the legendary 504, or the amazing 505 and 205GTI or whatever it was) everything they make now is rubbish…

    • CoolHandLuke1

      Peugeot is 13th out of 38 manufacturers. Better than Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Audi, Porsche, Bentley. I have driven over 1 million miles Peugeot cars and have found nothing very bad in them. No expensive repairs at all and always reaching the destination with it.

      http://www.reliabilityindex.com/manufacturer

  • sidewaysspin

    What a mess they made at the back, like it was designed in China.

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