When it comes to MPVs, the French have always been at the forefront of the segment. Their expertise was used in the Peugeot 5008 that was launched back in 2008. What was once a very conventional 7-seat MPV has become a 3-row crossover SUV. Nowadays, there are plenty of desirable, 7-seater SUVs to choose from if you have a far-reaching budget, so the Peugeot has quite a bit of competition. But the 5008 proves you don't necessarily need deep pockets to bag yourself a good one.
In the 3008 Peugeot had a good platform on which to base the new 5008, and from the back of the driver’s door forwards they’re effectively the same car. Yes, the revamped 5008 has abandoned its boring MPV look and adopted the trendy SUV styling that is all the rage nowadays.
This Seat Tarraco and Skoda Kodiaq rival is roughly half the price of most posh-badged luxury SUVs, such as the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90, yet offers much of the same, including a good driving position and top-notch safety ratings. The Peugeot 5008 is a good shout if you’re looking for a large SUV. It's relatively affordable to run, especially if you go for the entry-level 1.2-litre Puretech 130 petrol engine. If you regularly carry around lots of people and luggage, the more powerful engines are also worth a look. However, while build quality is impressive, passenger space, and as a matter of fact, overall practicality isn’t quite on par with rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq.
“The Peugeot 5008 breaks new ground as a large 7 seater SUV. Inside, the new generation Peugeot i-Cockpit offers occupants a futuristic driving experience that both surprises and delights.”