The 5008 is the largest of French carmaker Peugeot’s three SUV models ahead of the
compact 2008 and the mid-sized 3008.

With its relatively long low profile and seven seats the 5008 is effectively a crossover
between an SUV and a people mover. Indeed, from its debut in 2009 through until 2016 it
was tagged as an MPV before switching to the more marketable SUV name-tag.

The current (second generation) model was released in 2017 with the current facelifted
version arriving in early 2021.

The 5008 is aimed at the top end Japanese and Korean models although Peugeot is also
keen to tackle the similarly-sized premium European SUVs such as Audi Q5, BMW X3 and
Mercedes-Benz GLC. To this end only the high-specced GT and GT Sport variants have
been brought here.

Our test vehicle was the GT Sport which was added to the range with the MY22 update in
October 2021. It joins the 2008 GT Sport and 3008 GT Sport which were launched here
earlier this year.

The 5008 shares much of its styling with its smaller stablemate, the 3008. The standout
feature in both vehicles is the eye-catching chequered grille which stretches seamlessly
past the air intake and blends into the bodywork. Topping off the great looks are long thin
vertical daytime running lights which flash when the doors are unlocked.

At the rear there are LED taillights, ‘3D lion claw’ brake lights and scrolling indicators. The
GT Sport also gets puddle lights in the shape of the Peugeot Lion.

A panoramic sunroof is standard in the GT Sport and optional in the GT.

Wheel sizes are 18-inch with the GT and 19-inch on the GT Sport.

The 5008 comes with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit system which combines a 10-inch high-definition
infotainment touchscreen; configurable multi-mode 12.3-inch instrument panel and a
compact sports steering wheel which allows an unobstructed view of the controls for most

There are also neat aircraft-style fold-down tables on the back of the front seats.

The 5008 GT Sport has Nappa leather appointed upholstery (Alcantara in the GT), while
both models get heated front seats and 8-way electronic adjustment and massage function
for the driver, plus a panoramic opening glass sunroof as standard.

As is the norm, the rearmost seats are best suited to children.

With all seven seats in place the storage capacity is 237 litres. That expands to a
maximum of 1670 litres with the third-row seats folded and 2150 litres with the second-
row seats down and the third row removed.

The three centre-row bucket seats can be adjusted in various ways and there’s a real
luxury feel when travelling there.

With the front passenger seatback folded the 5008 can to cater for long narrow items of up
to 3.28 metres.

Two engines are offered. The GT Sport has a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol with
maximum power of 133 kW at 5500 rpm and torque of 260 Nm at a very low 1650 rpm.

The 5008 GT is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel with common-rail direct
injection and develops 131 kW at 3750 rpm and 400 Nm at 2000 rpm.

Both petrol and diesel engines are mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic
and both are front-wheel drive.

The 10-inch colour touchscreen sits in the centre of the dashboard and, very sensibly, is
angled slightly towards the driver. Less sensible, in our opinion, is the need to adjust
temperature and fan speed with multiple taps on the screen rather than with the much
easier and safer knobs.

The various controls are of the piano key variety with a small audio volume knob on the far

Both 5008 models come with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; DAB radio; wireless
smartphone charging; and 3D satellite navigation.

Both the 5008 GT and GT Sport come with a comprehensive list of safety features. This
includes six airbags; electronic braking distribution; blind spot detection; emergency
braking assistance: electronic stability programme; speed limit recognition and
recommendation; adaptive cruise control; advanced driver attention alert; forward collision
warning; lane keeping assistance; lane positioning assist; lane departure warning; road
edge detection; autonomous emergency brake with low light cyclist and pedestrian
detection; high beam assist; and Isofix child seat anchors on the outer rear seats.

One glaring omission is rear cross traffic alert, an important feature that is becoming
standard in most vehicles and which we are increasingly relying upon.

Parking is helped by front and rear parking sensors; semi-autonomous parking assist; and
360-degree reversing and front cameras.

Our test car was the 5008 GT Sport priced at $65,670 plus on-road costs.

Access to the front seats is easy and they are large, comfortable and supportive with the
added bonus of slide-out thigh support. The sunroof does infringe into headroom.

The turbo-petrol engine in the GT Sport is smooth and refined. If you’re looking for a bit
more torque the slightly more expensive turbo-diesel GT model might be more suitable.

A highlight is the sports steering wheel which really adds to the drive experience.

Road holding is very good, though it’s obviously aimed more at the family wagon buyer
than the sporty SUV segment. You can choose between several driving modes.

On good roads the 5008 was extremely smooth and quiet. Perfect for long distance
cruising with the added bonus of relatively low fuel consumption.

On some rougher surfaces there was more noise than we anticipated, but it still felt stable
and secure.

The cruise control stalk is awkwardly positioned below and behind the gear shift toggles
on the steering column.

Fuel consumption in the turbo-petrol GT Sport that we tested is listed at a very optimistic
5.6 litres per 100 kilometres. We averaged 7.6 L/100km which is still impressive for a
relatively large vehicle.

Peugeot 5008 is a stylish, well-equipped and versatile seven-seat SUV. multi-purpose
French vehicle at a price that should give food for thought to the makers of premium
product rivals.

Peugeot has a long and distinguished history in Australia so it was disappointing to see it
drop off significantly in recent years. Fortunately, both it and its French sibling, Citroen,
have now joined the Subaru brand at Inchcape Australia. Now, some improved marketing
push means that dealers will be keen to attract new sales so make sure you do some
serious haggling.

Looks: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Safety: 8/10
Thirst: 8/10
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 9/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 8/10


5008 GT Sport 1.6-litre turbo-petrol: $65,657
5008 GT 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $66,770
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Peugeot dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Peugeot 5008 GT Sport 1.6-litre turbo-petrol five-door wagon)

Capacity: 1.598 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 133 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 250 Nm @ 1650 rpm
Fuel Type: Petrol 95 RON
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 5.6 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 128 g/km

DRIVELINE: Eight-speed automatic

Length: 4641 mm
Wheelbase: 2840 mm
Width: 1844 mm
Height: 1646 mm
Turning circle: 11.2 m
Kerb Weight: 1521 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 56 litres

Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Solid disc

Five years / unlimited km

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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