The Peugeot 5008 is a seven seater SUV with head turning French styling, clever touches throughout and plenty of features to keep demanding drivers happy. This model replaced the moribund 5008 people mover and brought some genuine excitement to the tired and crowded SUV segment here in Australia. This particular model the 5008 GT-Line is the mid specified variant that has most of the styling of the flagship 5008 GT, but it doesn’t have the turbo diesel engine. Let’s take a closer look at the Peugeot 5008 GT-Line to see what it has to offer.
At a Glance
This is a seven seater SUV; the third row of seats are folding, so you can turn it into a real cargo mover and still accommodate five adults comfortably. When the third row seats are up, they may be a little tight for an adult, but younger teens and children will have plenty of room. This is a well appointed offering from Peugeot, and the specification is certainly is the sweet spot considering the purchase price. Although the Peugeot 5008 2019 models are not the cheapest in this segment, they are a fantastic value proposition considering what you get for your money.
A Deeper Look
The new Peugeot 5008 GT-Line has a truly elegant interior that’s replete with classy metallic highlights, soft to the touch plastics and an extremely attractive woven fabric. The seats are trimmed with a faux leather and cloth upholstery that is stylish and practical. The front seats are very comfortable, but they need to be adjusted manually, and there is no powered seat option. The second row is home to three full sized seats with independent slide and recline functionality. The second row seats can be folded quickly for rapid access to the third row smaller seats that can slide directly into the boot floor when they are not in use. When the third row seats are folded away, the cargo area is a generous 952 litres, and if you remove them altogether, this rises to a whopping 1,060 litres of space. Each of the two rear seats only weighs 11kg, and they are easy to remove.
Peugeot has always been passionate about driver ergonomics and the need for easy to access functions for their cars. So, it should come as no surprise that the Peugeot 5008 GT-Line has an intuitive layout with features, such as a 12.3” digital gauge cluster, an 8” infotainment display, a petite steering wheel and a well laid out array of physical switches. The infotainment display provides easy access to the satellite navigation system, the digital radion tuner, the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support for smartphone mirroring, the dual zone climate control settings and the premium HiFi system. There is plenty of clever storage in the cabin with a deep centre console bin, deep door compartments and very clever underfloor storage compartments.
On the Road
The Peugeot 5008 GT-Line is equipped with a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine that’s paired with a six speed automatic transmission. This powertrain isn’t the quickest of the mark, and progress is sedate until you get out on the highway. After you leave the urban streets behind the 5008 GT-Line has a dynamic driving move that will significantly alter the mapping of the revs for a quicker driving experience. This makes this SUV a better touring vehicle rather than a runaround for driving in urban areas. The ride is firm, but it’s still comfortable although it can be a little busier when traversing rougher driving surfaces. The fuel consumption figures are 7.3L/100km using a combined cycle, and this is a reasonably conservative figure in the segment. The 18” wheels deliver a nice and high riding height, and they don’t introduce much tyre noise into the comfortable cabin.
The 5008 GT-Line has a real sense of adventure when you venture out onto hilly dirt roads. This SUV has a respectable ground clearance of 230mm and the “Grip Control” system uses the braking system to traverse loose and slippery terrain with ease. The 18” wheels are shod with Michelin tyres with a firm and comfortable ride quality. When you chuck the 5008 GT-Line around a turn, the rear end wants to get in on the action, and this keeps the vehicle poised. The 5008 GT-Line has a turning circle of only 11.2 metres, and the fantastic compact steering wheel delivers an accurate response.
The Peugeot 5008 GT-Line has active safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, driver attention alert, autonomous emergency braking or AEB (including pedestrian detection), an Anti-lock Braking System or ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution or REF, lane keep assist, rain sensing wipers and blind spot detection. There are three ISOFIX points on the second row seats, and the outer two seats have a top tether.
The Peugeot 5008 GT-Lin is a stand out choice for any driver that needs a stylish SUV that really stands out from the crowd. The entry level 5008 Allure is an excellent SUV in its own right, but for not much more you can have the 5008 GT-Line which is probably the sweet spot in terms of features versus the price. The GT-Line adds extra features over the Allure, such as a “Diamond Black Roof” with matching wing mirrors, a GT sports grille with matching bumpers and the excellent self levelling LED headlights. It’s true that the Peugeot 5008 GT-Line is a pricier option compared to some of its rivals in the SUV segment. However, none of the competition has the sheer premium feel of the 5008 GT-Line at the pricepoint and specification level. It’s also fair to say that the 5008 GT-Line probably has the most generous list of standard features in the entire segment. All in all, this is a great SUV for larger families that like to take touring holidays and enjoy weekend adventures.