2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport (car review)

It’s an icon that has stood the test of time, the Peugeot lion. Dating all the way back to 1847, it remains the brand’s ambassadorial symbol to this day. Like its logo, the 2022 5008 GT Sport stands tall. It’s big, bold and beautiful.

Our test vehicle is visually stunning from all angles. It’s easy to forget this SUV can house seven bottoms. Body lines that flow perfectly front to back, complemented by sharp striking satin and gloss black accents, along with perfectly pumped wheel arches.

Those house a gorgeous set of 19-inch Washington Onyx Black diamond cut alloy wheels. The 5008 teases feline prowess. The stance, the cats eyes LED lighting, frameless grille and fang DRL’s, means we don’t know whether to purr or growl.

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Inside, the sexiness continues, although we feel a bit more practicality could have been considered. You’re are spoilt with Nappa leather appointed seating, a Lime Wood dash, heated front seats, and an electric driver’s seat with massage function.

But no amount of ‘cat paw’ massages can make-up for the sheer amount of wasted real estate. The cockpit’s 12.3-inch digital cluster does have some beautiful functionality; however, it feels dwarfed inside the 5008.

2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport
2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport

The steering wheel, sporty as it may be, seems it would be more at home in an Italian exotic and compromises the visibility of the already slim cluster. The 10-inch HD touchscreen could also be bigger, or at least utilise the full screen for certain features.

Additional storage compartments would certainly make use of the extra cabin space and the servings of piano black and silver accents only highlights the cheaper looking plastic trimmings.

The overall package still ticks all our necessities and then some though. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, phone mirroring, acoustic laminated front side windows, integrated rear window shades, and a panoramic roof.

Let’s not forget the two extra seats for the in-laws or the results of failed family planning. The rest of the 5008’s tech line-up includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity, DAB radio, voice recognition and 3D navigation.

There’s no dB comp winning sound system, in case you are wondering, but it’s decent enough for your everyday drive. The 2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport is a front-wheel drive SUV, powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine.

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Inside the 2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport

That produces 133kW of power and 250Nm of torque and is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 56-litre fuel tank and a 0-100km/h time of 9.4sec will have you utilising a claimed 5.6-litres/100km.

Our expert family of reviewers managed an average of 6.9-8.2-litres/100km, in our week of custodianship. It has three selectable drive modes, in the form of Eco, Normal or Sport and for added value, you get a set of flappy shifter paddles.

There are significant auditory changes between the modes, especially when you wish to dabble in Sport, and you can additionally feel a change in the steering, with handling becoming sharper, along with a slight suspension refinement.

While the 5008 may have aspirations of being Mufasa in his battle against Scar in Disney movie The Lion King, it’s more like Simba with a full stomach. It looks visually intimidating, but the power delivery and drive are sedate, unless you really push it hard.

While it’s probably just right for your family’s daily commute, you won’t manage to make the tyres chirp. Scenic driving shall remain scenic too, as any compulsion to go for it in corners will have you experiencing tall boy body roll and quickly bring you back to reality.

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Inside the 2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport

In reality, the 5008 GT Sport is just a stylish practical SUV, which looks so damn good while doing its job. It has a 5-star ANCAP rating and comes with blind spot detection, road edge detection, high beam assist, and 360-degree front and reversing cameras.

There are also ISOFIX child seat points and speed sign recognition. The camera is visually quite poor given the quality of the vehicle, which is disappointing, and doesn’t meet the expectations we had for such a gorgeous platform.

Still, the 5008 has all that space. Along with riding first class, the front cabin gets the extra indulgence of ambient lighting, but we do note that the driver’s cockpit can feel a little snug due to the centre console’s bulkiness.

The middle row doesn’t get a centre arm rest either, but is treated to door bins with integrated cup holders, dual USB chargers, climate fan speed adjustment, map pocket storage and picnic tables big enough for your Maccas takeaway.

Child seat management or taller human cargo are easily accommodated too, thanks to the slide ability of the second row. For those who like to ride at the back of the bus, you get a 12V socket and cup holders.

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Inside the 2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport

When you aren’t using the third-row isolation unit, the boot space is a generous 591-litres, with a low loading height and broad width. Drop the second-row seating and you gain a whopping 2150-litres of storage space.

The 2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport starts from $71,004 drive away, and is available in six colours, including the Pearl White of our test vehicle, along with Sunset Copper, and Celebes Blue.

It comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, and roadside assist. In addition, you’re protected by 3-year paintwork and 12-year corrosion coverage. We reckon the 5008 is definitely worth checking out as your ‘next car’ candidate.

You can find out more on the Peugeot Australia website. If you’re keen on one and need finance, visit CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Peugeot Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport, contact your local Peugeot dealer.

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Inside the 2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7
Exterior styling
8.5
Interior look and feel
7.5
Technology and connectivity
7
Family friendliness
8.5
Value for money
7.5

SUMMARY

Pros – styling; driveability and comfort; space.
Cons – steering wheel feels too small; manual front passenger seating; use of interior space and design.
Jason Fernandez
Jason Fernandez
Jason Fernandez is a lover of hero cars. He's owned some of the best from the Japanese and Euro performance houses, but JDM cars hold a special place in his heart. To Jason, every vehicle is a blank canvas, just waiting to get its own personality. Well known to the Sydney car scene, Jason has a passion for all things automotive.

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<strong>Pros –</strong> styling; driveability and comfort; space.<br> <strong>Cons –</strong> steering wheel feels too small; manual front passenger seating; use of interior space and design.2022 Peugeot 5008 GT Sport (car review)