It is this area more than any other that distinguishes the 5008. The finish and feel of the cabin, and the level of practicality therein, are crucial – and the Peugeot’s are quite good.
And yet the usual problems often encountered with so-called compact seven-seat MPVs burden the 5008’s interior. With all the seats raised there is very little usable luggage space and nowhere to put the boot cover, and realistically you will only get children in the rearmost two seats, unless those in the middle row are willing to compromise on legroom. But if we accept that this is a fairly spacious five-seat MPV with occasional capacity for seven, the 5008’s practicality case can only really be faulted for some quite small rear seats.
From the driver’s chair, the environment is a pleasant and airy one, thanks to a wide cabin, high-set seating position and low window line, plus a panoramic glass roof (it’s standard on range-topping models). It’s not perfect, though. Taller drivers may find space behind the wheel restricted if a baby seat is required in the second row. And while flagship-spec cars also get a head-up display, it is strong on early novelty but short on long-term benefit. The switchgear layout is also less than practical, with the fascia sloping forward so sharply that the driver has to lean forward to reach many of the controls.
Otherwise, the 5008 showcases some exceptionally good packaging and there are sufficient cubbyholes front and rear for you to easily stow clutter. Three individually sliding and reclining seats make up the second row, which will be ideal for three children or two adults. Access to the third row is gained by pulling a release on the second-row window seat, which causes the chair to slide forward as its base folds upright in a clamshell-like movement – convenient if you need access to the rear seats and have your hands full of shopping or children.
The rearmost seats fold flat just as easily with one tug of a cord, and there are fixed cupholders, armrests and door pockets built into the boot, which brings a welcome touch of comfort to the firm, narrow seats.
Overall, the 5008 has all the space and comfort required of a car in this class, together with an attractive interior and, in some respects, class-leading usability.