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2019 Peugeot 5008 GT-Line quick review

By David Bonnici, 16 Jan 2019 Car Reviews

2019 Peugeot 5008 GT-Line quick review

The Peugeot 5008 brings some French flair to the seven-seat SUV segment. Is there substance to match the style?

What is it?

Peugeot’s welcome replacement to the dour 5008 people mover is a stretched version of the stylish Peugeot 3008 medium SUV, with a 165mm longer wheelbase that accommodates a third row of seats. The 5008 GT-Line is the mid-spec version featuring similar styling to the range-topping GT, but without that variant's gutsy turbo-diesel power.

How much is the Peugeot 5008 GT-Line?

Priced at $46,990 before on-road costs, the Peugeot 5008 GT-Line sits between the entry-level 5008 Allure ($42,990) and turbo-diesel-powered 5008 GT ($52,990) in the local range.

It’s very well appointed and represents the sweet spot in terms of equipment and pricing, if not performance.

Full review: 2019 Peugeot 5008 review

Who is it for?

Anyone looking for a spacious European medium SUV with a mainstream price tag.

The third row is a little tight to regularly cart a family of seven, but it is handy for smaller families who may have to carry a couple of guests from time to time.

Is the Peugeot 5008 GT-Line easy to live with?

The Peugeot 5008 GT-Line has an elegant interior design finished with attractive woven fabric, soft touch plastics, and classy metallic bright points.

Seats are stylishly trimmed with a cloth and faux-leather upholstery, and are comfortable despite the basic manual adjustments. The roomy second row’s three seats slide and recline independently and can quickly fold forward for access to the third row, whose small seats cleverly pop up from the boot floor.

Comparison: Mazda CX-8 v Hyundai Santa Fe v Land Rover Discovery Sport v Peugeot 5008 v Skoda Kodiaq comparison review

It’s also big on function with good driver ergonomics including intuitively laid out switches, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that sits above the petite steering wheel. An 8.0-inch infotainment screen displays dual-zone climate control settings, satellite navigation, while also incorporating a digital radio tuner and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring.  

Peugeot 5008 boot seats

Storage is plentiful and includes deep door bins, a cavernous centre console tub and underfloor compartments.

With the third row seats folded down, the cargo area holds up to 952-litres, and you can easily remove them out all together to carry 1060 litres.  

How well does the Peugeot 5008 GT-Line drive?

The Peugeot 5008 GT-Line’s modern aesthetics aren’t quite echoed under the bonnet, with an ageing powertrain featuring a tame 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

While it’s not as refined as some of its competitors, it’s still more than adequate for driving around town. A Dynamic mode alters the rev mapping to get up to speed quicker on highways.

It’s reasonably economical, with a 7.0L/100km combined fuel consumption rating.

The ride on the 18-inch wheels is firm but comfortable, though the ride does get a little busy on rougher surfaces.

Read more about the Peugeot 5008

The Peugeot 5008 comes standard with active safety features including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, driver attention alert, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

Verdict

The Peugeot 5008 GT-Line is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a practical but stylish SUV that stands out from the crowd.  The entry-level 5008 Allure also offers this, but the GT-Line’s additional kit, including GT sports bumper and grill, ‘Diamond black roof’ and matching mirrors, LED headlights justifies the extra $4000.

It’s pricier than key mid-sized seven-seat rivals, such as the Honda CR-V VTi-L, Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed and Nissan X-Trail ST-L, however neither of these match its premium feel or standard features list.