2019 Peugeot 5008 GT Line SUV Review

Peugeot does Family SUV in style

Peugeot 5008 GT Line Overview

Peugeot’s 5008 brings a little character and French flair to a segment that can appear a little homogenised. Heralding a return for the once popular French manufacturer with an illustrious history in Australia. The 5008, relaunched in early 2018, and benefiting from several important upgrades since, continues the revitalisation of the brand.

Peugeot’s long travel and compliant suspension, is revered as being able to help tame the wilds of our outback roads. Winning the first Redex Rally in the early 1950’s (and a number of others that followed) Peugeot built a solid reputation. Then damaged it in recent years.

The latest version of the all-new 5008 is, thankfully, nothing like its namesake MPV predecessor. In fact it is almost everything that model wasn’t. In short it’s actually really good. We are testing the GT Line here.

2018 Peugeot 5008 GT-Line (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

Peugeot 5008 GT Line External

Peugeot has created the 5008 in an unusual style. It really is different to the typical AWD SUV style in that it has a combination of sleek style and boxy elements. On the original launch I coined the phrase “sleek boxy” and that still fits. The interesting thing about the design is that although it is quite boxy at the rear, aiding in the cavernous and flexible boot and third row seat area, it still manages to maintain a sleek profile. From the front it is unmistakably a Peugeot. The bold grill has the Peugeot Lion front and centre.

There are chrome and black headlamps incorporating LED Daytime Running Lights, longitudinal, profiled aluminium roof bars, chrome highlights for the glass house and black lower wheel guards which both add to the vehicles’ SUV stance and protect the bodywork from any damage from light off-road work. The GT models add some detail features.

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Peugeot 5008 GT Line Internal

The French have a definite quirkiness and flair to their designs. That continues internally. The GT Line with I cockpit design, looks sumptuous inside.

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There are a couple of things you first notice. You sit upright with a deep foot well in the quilted leather seats. The compact steering wheel and instrument panel are different to normal, with the instrument sitting higher than the wheel rim. It takes a little adjustment, but feels somehow right after driving for a while and it is such a simple, yet effective design.

5008 has a 12.3” high resolution dash that has awesome clarity and is customisable. It is yet another instance of design flair that has functionality at its core. Digital dash can be changed by buttons on steering wheel (rotary dial) while modes can also be changed by use of the button on the end of the right indicator stalk.

Front seats are multiply electrically adjustable, extremely comfortable and the driver is spoiled with a massage seat in the GT Line. The Premium package is a $4,000 odd option along with the leather and sunroof, but absolutely worth it. I think I turned this on when I picked up the car and had it operating the entire time I drove. Let me state that:

The Peugeot 5008 GT Line driver massage seat is AWESOME!

The upright seating contributes to a feeling of spaciousness and clear overall visibility. Here the dichotomy of French design becomes apparent. While having a spacious ambience, the driver feels cocooned, not restricted, with all instrument oriented towards them. The front is a fluid design that has individual pods.

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One negative is the cruise control stalk. While it has some clever features, such as matching the cruise control to the signposted speed if you desire, it is awkward to use for the uninitiated and takes your eyes off the road to see what you are doing. If it was your own car, you would get used to it after a while, but it is unnecessarily complicated and hidden.

One good thing is that the 5008 seems better equipped to handle the harsh Australian summers with A/C that actually works, rather than struggles like some models in the past. However the controls are on the centre screen, and when on the phone you can’t access them to turn the A/C down, as I found out on a call.

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The large centre console bin provides both a comfortable arm rest and good storage, but I’m not a big fan of the double opening lid. In front there are a couple of decent sized cup holders, then the transmission selector and a handy storage spot.   The start button is in front of the lever and a clever phone charging pad with easily accessible USB and 12V ports.

I have to admit I am not a fan of the transmission lever. This is probably because I am a clumsy old fart, but at times I found it missing getting into gear, from user error, and usually at awkward times. It looks awesome though. Like the cruise control stalk, if this was your own car you would quickly get used to it I guess.

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The middle row seats are very comfortable and individualised for three people. There is plenty of head, shoulder, and knee and leg room. For convenience there are aircraft-style trays on the backs of the front seats, hooks and cupholders, air vents and USB ports.

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Flexibility was central to the 5008’s design ethos with a configurable seating package allowing for each one of the three second-row seating positions to be folded, tilted or moved individually – the only vehicle in the class to offer this feature. Combine this with the fold flat front passenger seat and you get an extraordinary 3.2m length available for paddle boards etc.

Uniquely, the 5008 is the only SUV on the Australian market to offer Isofix and top tether child seat fixing points to all second-row occupants – allowing fitment of three child seats benefitting from the latest restraint technology. The vehicle has two underfloor storage areas in second row floor as well as sun shades to rear doors. Other storage includes large glove box, large door pockets, a light in the centre console and a cooled area for a drink (cup holder space 9)

Third-row seats can be individually set in place or removed to give as much or as little boot space as desired. They can even be used as picnic seats or at the beach. They are, like most in this segment, suitable for smaller individuals only. Boot space is up to 780 litres. Its appeal is increased by a host of accessories that includes 12-volt sockets and a boot cover.

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A smart lightweight composite, electric tailgate, allows hands-free activation and opens and closes quickly and effortlessly, simply by placing a foot under the rear bumper. I must admit when I tried this I looked like a long neck goose doing a one legged weird dance behind the car. There is even an electric scooter option for those that have to have the latest trend.

Peugeot 5008 GT Line Features

Sitting on top of the centre stack is the 8” capacitive touchscreen display. While many cars this looks like a tablet stuck on as an afterthought, the 5008 seems integrated. Again the design flair with functionality appears in both the layout and useability.

The responsive, user-friendly touchscreen puts all necessary information at the driver’s fingertips and seven centrally-located, satin-chrome dashboard switches give quick access to the main passenger comfort and safety functions including radio, air-conditioning, satellite navigation, vehicle settings, telephone, apps and hazard warning lights.

There was an update to the user interface, now if you (gently) prod the navigation screen with three fingers (at the same time), the main screen turns into six large buttons aiding usability. Other clever functions including Mirror Screen, CarPlay and standard 3D navigation ensure drivers stay connected without stress.

One design feature that many will love, others will go WHY? The GT and GT Line i-Cockpit® Amplify system, at the push of a button, will infuse the cockpit with various scents designed to match the driving style, along with other sensory adjustments to sound, touch, sight etc. Say no more!

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Other features include;

  • An optional large panoramic opening glass roof featuring tilt / slide and mood lighting. Peugeot have bundled Leather and Panoramic roof as a premium pack (saving customers $700
  • a smartphone induction charging plate on the centre console to automatically recharge devices compliant with the Qi 1.1 standard
  • The handbrake continually monitors the vehicle after parking and readjusts while brakes cool to avoid any movement
  • Excellent sound insulation, electro chromatic rear view mirrors and illuminated vanity mirrors for both front occupants.
  • The vehicle has an app, called Scan My Peugeot allowing for you to hold your phone to the car and scan for information

Peugeot 5008 GT Line Engine and Drivetrain

5008 GT Line is powered by a 1.6T that produces power of 121kW @ 6000rpm and torque of 240Nm @ 1400rpm. This combined with the 6 speed AT enables spirited and economical driving. It is reasonably economical at around 7.0L/100k ADR combined.

Peugeot 5008 GT Line Driving Experience

What was surprising was how the 1.6T Petrol engine displayed diesel characteristics with low torque, but with more spirited response.

The steering is finely tuned with good response to driver input. The ride, for and SUV, is pretty good. Peugeot have been justifiably revered for their long travel, loping ride that tames the worst of our back roads, in the past, and the 5008 continues this tradition. It has achieved a good balance between firmness, compliance and feedback.

A Driver Sport Pack also boosts dynamic sensations with a sportier engine sound, giving a more responsive accelerator pedal and sportier power steering. It also adds sports-style gear changes. The wheel, as mentioned, itself is small, comfortable and enhances the sporty feel with direct feedback from the front wheels.

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The Peugeot is a misnomer SUV. For the most part it lives as a 2WD SUV but buyers can opt for the Advanced Grip Control. While a clever system, it still operates only on the front wheels, and as such cannot be classified as an AWD SUV. However the system does provide a modicum of advanced grip technologies.

This optional system bolsters traction through the following features:

  • optimised slip resistance with five grip modes (normal, snow, mud, sand, ESP OFF) selected using a central console dial
  • 18″ mud and snow (all-season) tyres.
  • Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC), activated by a button on the central console. This is a new function which helps drivers safely navigate steep gradients. It innovates by maintaining a very low – 3km/h – descent speed, maintaining safety and control in difficult situations.

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Peugeot 5008 GT Line Safety

Peugeot has been awarded a 5 Star ANCAP Safety rating for the 5008.

This is based on core structure designed to protect occupants, which is overlaid with a range of technologies and advanced safety features to ensure all occupants feel safe and secure.

This starts with the standard fitment of leading edge Autonomous Emergency Brake Technology and a vast array of active and passive safety systems, including:

  • A full suite of airbags, including curtain airbags that extend to third row passengers
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Active Lane Keeping Assistance with steering assistance
  • Level 3 Driver Attention Alert that monitors lane sway, driver inputs etc. to give you a warning to rest, stop, take control etc.)
  • High Beam Assistance
  • Speed Sign Recognition and Speed Suggestion
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with stop feature
  • Park Assist
  • Visio Park (360° vision)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and Distance Alert
  • Active Blind Spot Monitoring system
  • Pedestrian Distance Alert System
  • Exclusive optional Advanced Grip Control, including new Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC)

My Peugeot 5008 GT Line Highlights

These are the top 8 things I liked about the all new Peugeot 5008

  • Practical design flair with functionality both inside and outside
  • Peugeot exemplary  ride and handling, especially on dirt roads
  • Overall visibility is excellent
  • Flexibility of the interior seat arrangements, it’s awesome
  • Interior space and drivers position
  • Reasonably good value for money especially the GT Line
  • Level of standard features that are included
  • Finally, the fact that it offers a character filled alternative to the main stream SUVs in the segment.

Peugeot 5008 GT Line Summary

After spending a week in the 5008 GT Line I have become enamored with it. It also attracted a bit of attention from curious by standers.

In a segment that offers competent and quality, yet somewhat similar competition, the Peugeot 5008 brings a different quality. The French design flair that finally has functionality at its core, offers a stylish alternative.

It has an awkward yet appealing style, has plenty of room inside, is packed with innovative design and features, reintroduces the famed Peugeot ride and handling on our harsh outback roads and is backed with a 5 year warranty.

Definitely worth a look!

2018 Peugeot 5008 GT-Line (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

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What’s Good:

  • Interior layout flexibility
  • Exemplary ride and handling
  • Practical design flair with functionality

What’s Not:

  • No air conditioned seats
  • Transmission lever functionality
  • Not AWD

Model    Peugeot 5008 GT Line

  • Model Price                $48.490 MLP*
  • Engine                6T Turbo
  • Drivetrain                6 Sp AT FWD
  • Power                121 kW @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque                240 Nm @ 1400 rpm
  • Safety                S Star ANCAP
  • CO2                         156 g/km
  • Economy              7.0 L/100 km ADR
  • Servicing                Assured price plan
  • Warranty                5 Yrs. / Unlimited km 5 Yrs. Roadside Assist

*Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP

Overall Rating     80/100

  • Behind the Wheel              8
  • Comfort                               8
  • Equipment                          8
  • Practicality                          9
  • Performance                       7
  • Ride & Handling                 8
  • Fit for Purpose                   8
  • Design and Style                 8
  • Lifestyle function                8
  • Value for Money                8
Peugeot 5008 GT Line
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After spending a week in the 5008 GT Line I have become enamored with it. It also attracted a bit of attention from curious by standers.

About Rob Fraser 1990 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.