Peugeot 5008 2018 review

Moving Well | Nick Platt | Posted on 29 January 2019

Nick Platt tests the updated Peugeot 5008

  • Thumbs up

    A well-thought-out, practical interior with highly flexible seating. High level of standard equipment includes excellent safety features.  

  • Thumbs down

    Some odd and annoying ergonomic glitches. Third-row seat is cramped and difficult to access. Petrol engine struggles at times. 

  • Perfect for

    A growing family looking for a prestigious, safe and well-equipped car to transport them in style. 

  • Verdict

    The 5008 will stand out in this segment for its size and distinctive styling. 

front shot of the grill of a peugeot



Peugeot has made the smart decision to leave behind the frumpy people-mover look and feel and re-establish its latest 5008 model as more of an SUV, albeit one without any off-road pretensions. This follows the likes of Volkswagen, Skoda, Hyundai, Honda and Kia, which have all dropped well-appointed, premium seven-seaters into this growing market.

The new 5008 is distinctively styled with easily recognisable Peugeot cues which, while not necessarily handsome, certainly give it presence. This is not all perception either, as the car boasts a body 4641 millimetres long, 1844 millimetres wide and 1646 millimetres tall, which is considerably larger than the model it replaces and in line with its seven-seat competitors. 

Roomy and classy

The additional size translates into a relatively roomy interior for all but the third-row occupants. These rear seats are really only suitable for pre-teens; even then, they’re pretty awkward to access, with very little leg room unless the sliding second-row seats are moved fully forward. Populating the rear row also significantly cuts down on the otherwise excellent boot space. Up front, the driver and passenger settle into a comfortable and well-appointed environment with a luxurious and classy feel.

Cabin quirks

The controls are less pleasing, though. The menu system is not particularly intuitive and I eventually gave up on the navigation all together. Worse still was the placement of the cruise-control switches, which are hidden behind the oddly shaped steering wheel and need a driver channelling a certain amount of intuition to be able to use them with any certainty. 

Despite these foibles, the 5008 Pug is quite a good drive with nice, predictable steering and excellent ride quality. It’s only the 1.6-litre engine that lets the side down at times with a somewhat shortchanged 121kW carting around more than a tonne and a half of car.

peugeot at the beach at dusk
close up of automatic gear stick
one blue and one silver peugeot SUVs in a sparse landscape at dusk

PEUGEOT 5008 2018

PRICE

As tested: $44,490 + $4801 estimated on-road costs

DRIVETRAIN

Engine capacity:1.6-litre turbocharged

Maximum power: 121kW@6000 rpm

Maximum torque: 240Nm@1400 rpm

Transmission/drive: 6-speed auto/front-wheel-drive

Tyres: 225/55/R18, full-size spare.

FUEL

95 RON, 53-litre tank. 7 litres/100km (government test)

STANDARD SAFETY

5-star ANCAP, autonomous emergency braking, driver-attention alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear camera and cross-traffic alert.

STANDARD FEATURES

Adaptive cruise control, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, front and rear parking sensors with 360-degree camera, keyless entry and start, smartphone wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hands-free tailgate.

WARRANTY/SERVICES

36 months/100,000km warranty

12 months/20,000km servicing