The Peugeot 5008 is a fantastic seven-seat SUV for families that is packed full of family friendly features! It's an up there contender with some of the best seven-seater SUVs available in Australia, along with the likes of the VW Tiguan Allspace and the Mazda CX-8. Let's see how this top-spec GT version fared in our BabyDrive testing!!
I declared my love for the Peugeot 5008 when I tested the previous model.
Although the Peugeot 5008 is a seven-seater there are not top tether anchorages in the third row so I could not install any child seats back there.
The second-row seats are pretty special though! They are three individual seats that move individually so there is definitely room for three people to sit there and there are top tether anchorages and ISOFix in all three second-row seats, making the Peugeot 5008 one of the few cars with three ISOFix across the second-row seats.
You can distribute legroom however you need to with the individual second-row seats too which is helpful. I found three child seats fit nicely across the second-row seats and because you can slide each one individually you can cleverly position them so bulky child seats don't rub or clash together, or to make it more comfortable for someone not in a child seat to sit beside child seats without shoulders and elbows feeling cramped.
I could sit comfortably sit in the third-row seats (I'm 162cm) with enough headroom and leg-room behind a rear-facing child seat AND there be enough legroom for me to sit in the driver's seat in front of that! However, I don't think there is enough space for a 180cm passenger in the first and third rows with a rear-facing child seat in the second row.
The front passenger seat does fold down flat which is really handy for getting through to the central child seat to do up harnesses.
To get through to the third-row seats there isn't really room to climb through without uninstalling a child seat, even if you slide a second-row seat forward.
There are built-in roller-blinds in the second-row windows. They are great for keeping our little ones shielded from the sun while driving along.
There is some great storage in the second row of the Peugeot 5008. Underneath the floor are two hidden storage areas big enough to hold an iPad and phone. These are great for when you go to the park or beach and want to hide your valuables.
Once you put the carpet back down you'd never know the storage is there!
Also in the second row, there are table trays like you would find on an aeroplane. Little passengers love these, to hold their devices, snacks or toys!
There is good storage throughout the Peugeot 5008. In the front central console, there is a wine bottle holder. Well it is a French car!
It also has ample cup holders and a wireless phone charging well.
There are also phone wells and cup holders in the third-row seats too.
In the back of the central console are 2 USB ports and a 12V socket, as well as another 12V socket in the third-row too.
The Peugeot 5008 does other things a little differently to most cars. The steering wheel is so nice in this car, it's thinner and smaller than in most cars, so it fits really comfortably in your hands, it's different shaped and sits lower down, which gives a really relaxed driving position for your arms too.
The stereo and media system is controlled using paddles in the dashboard.
It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is great for connectivity while driving.
The media system is easy to use once you have got used to the paddle system.
The reversing camera image is quite blurry, you do get a birds-eye-view as well as a choice of angles.
One of the best features you control through the media screen is the driver's massage in this GT version! My favourite is the cat paw massage, it felt just like a cat walking all over my back!
The interior of the Peugeot 5008 is beautifully designed and upholstered. in black quilted leather in this model I tested.
The boot of the Peugeot 5008 when using just five seats has a very good storage space. I could fit 15 shopping bags in the boot of the Peugeot 5008. That is the same as the Skoda Kodiaq, VW Tiguan Allspace and two less than the Mazda CX-8.
A twin pram fits in the boot with room for six shopping bags too which is great space for a family shop or a medium-size dog.
When using all seven seats the boot space is tiny and I could only fit five shopping bags in the boot. This is the same as the VW Tiguan Allspace, one less than the Mazda CX-8 and two less than the Skoda Kodiaq, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.
A compact stroller was the only stroller or pram I could fit in the boot, with a couple of shopping bags.
The Peugeot 5008 scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2016 and has six airbags as standard, dual frontal and side chest airbags and curtain head airbags for the second and third-row passengers. As well as seatbelt reminders for all three rows of seats, with a great seatbelt removal visual in the ceiling so you can see exactly who has removed their seatbelts while driving.