Peugeot 5008 updated for 2020 with new face, new tech, new teeth

Published: 03 September 2020

► Facelifted 5008, closely linked to 3008
► New infotainment and tech inside
► Fresh family face matches smaller siblings

Following on from the 3008 earlier this week, Peugeot has given its 5008 SUV a light facelift in a bid to keep it up-to-date with the brand’s latest design language and tech features.

As Peugeot’s largest car, only seven-seater and rival to models such as the Skoda Kodiaq or Kia Sorento, the 5008’s a popular model across Europe, and this dramatic-looking makeover seems set to address some of the complaints we had with it – while retaining the practicality and ease of ownership that’s made it so popular.

What does the facelift consist of?

Starting with the ‘face’ (obviously) Peugeot’s slapped on the same bold grille and headlight design first adopted on the 508 and since applied to the 208, 2008 and 3008.

2020 Peugeot 3008 front three quarter

That means an upright grille which stretches the full width of the front end, fading into horizontal stripes underneath the main headlight units. Those headlights have a light bar which continues downwards into distinctive fang-shaped LED daytime running lights, replacing the old units which sat along the top contour of the headlight.

This gives the 5008 a front end dominated by continuous lines – there’s a styling piece between the headlights and the base of the A-pillar which essentially allows one line to carry on unchecked around the entire car.

The badge remains in the centre of the grille but in a nod to its history, Peugeot’s moved the 5008 badge to the leading edge of the bonnet.

2020 Peugeot 5008 rear

There are fewer changes around the rear, but you’ll find full LED taillights with sequential indicators to replace the previous halogen units.

Anything changed inside?

Yessir – Peugeot’s upgraded both screens, with the i-Cockpit digital dial pack now featuring new graphics and greater contrast, and the central display now the same 10.0-inch unit found on the 208 and 508.

2020 Peugeot 5008 interior

No word of the 208’s brilliant 3D effect dials, which is a shame, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto remain on offer for the infotainment system, as does the great-sounding Focal audio system for top-end models.

Advanced tech makes its way over from the 508 too, including adaptive cruise control with stop and go for automatic models, active lane-keeping aids and even a Night Vision camera which displays its feed in the gauge cluster.

There’s a new array of trims, too, with black or red Nappa leather available as an option as well as a wooden trim finisher across the width of the dash.

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What’s more important is what hasn’t changed. The 5008 still offers seven seats, with three adult-sized units in the centre row which are crucially independent from each other. This makes it one of few cars – even among large SUVs – that can accommodate three child seats sat next to each other.

The third row seats remain best for occasional use only, but when folded there’s a massively capacious 780-litre load bay – extendable to 1,940 litres with the middle row down.

What about engines?

Interestingly, despite the 5008 being incredibly closely-related to the 3008, Peugeot hasn’t carried over that car’s hybrid powertrains. At launch, there are only four engines on offer – two each of petrol and diesel.

Buyers can choose the 128bhp 1.2-litre petrol with six-speed manual or eight-speed auto gearboxes, or a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with 178bhp and autobox as standard.

2020 Peugeot 5008 interior

On the diesel front, there’s a 128bhp 1.5-litre with six-speed manual or eight-speed auto, or a 178bhp 2.0-litre with the auto.

Trim levels have been adjusted in line with WLTP – it’s now rather like Volvo, in that there are three discrete variants with further ‘packs’ that can be added on top.

Expect pricing to be revealed and order books to open soon.

By Tom Wiltshire

Bauer Automotive staff writer; enjoys Peugeots, naturally-aspirated diesels, column shifts and steel wheels