Way back in 2016 I reviewed the Peugeot 5008 Allure and it was a car that the whole family enjoyed travelling in.
The Peugeot 5008 has undergone a metamorphosis since then and has now become a three-row crossover SUV.
I have to say that I fell in love with its new rugged look whilst in holiday in France at the end of last year and Hubby as I both remarked what a nice car it was as one overtook us just outside Paris.
We were invited to review the new Peugeot 5008 SUV during our visit to Northern Ireland during February half term, taking it from Dorset to Birkenhead and over the Irish Sea on board a Stena Line Ferry.
I have to admit that it felt huge the first time we climbed inside and I am used to driving a large car – a seven-seater VW Touran.
We soon got used to the size though and enjoyed sitting in a higher riding position which gives a lovely view over the road and scenery ahead.
Being big has other advantages too – the Peugeot 5008 has three full size seats in the rear, meaning it passes the 3 car seat challenge, plus it has plenty of boot space for all our luggage, or you transport extra passengers using the foldaway seats in the boot.
What’s inside the Peugeot 5008?
The first thing that strikes you once inside the car, is how large the dashboard is. It houses two configurable screens, one for the driver’s instruments and the other for sat nav and entertainment.
The ‘i-Cockpit’, as named by Peugeot, is fully customisable depending on your wants and needs. I liked to have the sat nav up on the drivers screen, but you can also choose to have dials, a car image or just a blank screen with just your speed showing in the middle.
The 8″ infotainment system has a touchscreen and features including DAB radio, satellite navigation, Mirrorscreen, Apple Play and automatic dual zone climate control. We were also able to easily change the panel to show kph when we crossed the border into Southern Ireland.
For greater accessibility the touchscreen is accompanied by stylish satin chrome piano key toggle switches, which enable direct access to the wealth of functionality available.
One feature the kids adored was the panoramic opening glass roof, which was perfect for seeing the sights. Thanks to the nice weather we managed to have it open a couple of times too.
The roof also had an electric interior blind and blue ambient lighting for when we were driving in the dark.
The car had tinted rear windows plus sunshades built into the door panel for extra protection from the glare of the sun.
Other features included keyless entry and push button start, smart electric tailgate which can be operated by a button or your foot, blue ambient lighting to front door panels, central storage and cupholders, USB chargers front and back and pavement lighting when getting in and out of the car in the dark.
As in most people carriers, there’s not a huge amount of space in the back of the 5008 with the third row up, with 167 litres of space. Fold the seats down and you’ll find 952 litres of space.
What is it like to drive?
We had the 1.5L BlueHDi 130 GT Line Premium 5dr to review and it was a very comfortable drive, performing as well on small country roads as it did on motorways.
The Peugeot 5008 comes with camera systems on the front and rear of the car to enable you to park confidently. I would say that these are particularly sensitive and it actually put me off when trying to manoeuvre back down a country road to find a passing place, but I soon got used to them.
It also comes with lane assist, which puts you back on track if you start to stray off the road, automatic windscreen wipes, which were surprisingly accurate and automatic lights. I love that it pops the lights on / off full beam automatically too.
There is a Sport button, but we pressed it and didn’t notice any difference in the driving experience, so not sure what it was actually supposed to do.
All in all, it is quiet and comfortable, perfect for family driving!!
The 1.5L BlueHDi 130 GT Line Premium 5dr is priced at £35,815, although a lesser spec model starts at £26,259.
Disclaimer: We borrowed the Peugeot 5008 for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own