The layered dashboard elements particular to Peugeot concept cars of recent years have started to see the light of production with the 5008.
The way it curls around the cockpit and uses a selection of unusual but – outwardly, at least – high-quality materials will have you reaching for a touch when you first climb in.
It suggests the French are getting closer to German build quality than the Germans are to French style, a feeling that’s backed up by the high grade materials used throughout. There are some hard and scratchy plastics used lower down in the cabin, but most of what you see and touch looks and feels good.
The wide centre tunnel, meanwhile, and the manner in which it separates the front-seat occupants, lends the cockpit a GT-car feel that is unusual, but very welcome in this class.
The sense that the 5008 belongs rather higher up the food chain than its badge suggests is amplified by the quality of our test car’s bolstered (but strangely unsupportive) seats and a bank of smart, silver toggle switches that sits below the infotainment system’s touchscreen.
The 5008’s infotainment system uses a 10.0in touchscreen but also employs separate toggle switches to bring up media, climate control, navigation, vehicle information and phone applications. Along with the rotary dials for volume, this makes it superbly easy to negotiate on the move.