6 September 2021

Peugeot 5008 GT 2021 Car Review

The Peugeot 5008 GT was first released in 2017, and at the time it was praised for its versatility and functionality. The seven-seat, family-orientated SUV also offered great driving dynamics and some unique styling.

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Now it’s time for a mid-life facelift for the 5008 GT, which adds some modern styling and other features to an already appealing package.

The 5008 range starts from $53,990 (+ORC), with the premium GT model starting from $60,990 (+ORC).

French flair

The 5008 has been rejuvenated with new redesigned headlamps which give the SUV a more dramatic appearance. Other touches include new LED technology, which contributes to a more premium appearance, and a frameless grille, which delivers a distinctive and uniquely Peugeot style. Signature hook-shaped LED daytime running lights with chrome tips further enhance this look.

The rear of the car also features striking upgraded taillights with full LED technology showcasing Peugeot’s renowned claw formation, while the sides have thick lower door protection panelling that extends to the wheel arches. The rear bumper is unpainted, which gives the vehicle a robust appearance.

There’s a 10-inch 3D navigation system included that gives the driver all the key driving information. The 5008 GT we reviewed also sported the 10-speaker focal system that sounded crisp and punchy. As usual, Android Auto and Apple Carplay is included as standard, as is wireless smartphone charging.

Our model was finished in a lovely shade of Metallic Copper, which is the standard colour on the GT variant.

An enticing package

The GT premium pack our model sported – available for an additional $5,000 - added a variety of appealing features to enhance the 5008 GT. These included gorgeous 19-inch San Francisco matte black diamond cut alloy wheels, Nappa leather upholstered seats, and dark lime wooden dash and door panelling.

The aforementioned premium hi-fi system included a subwoofer and the 12 channel 515W digital amplifier was a treat, and the acoustic laminated front side windows made the cabin feel even more serene.

Inside job

Sitting in the massaging leather heated driving seat sets the tone for what is a very pampered interior space in the 5008 GT.

The i-Cockpit enhances the driving experience, as does the small steering wheel, which also makes the drive feel much sportier than you would expect. Key functions are accessible via the steering wheel, making the whole user experience more seamless.

There are thoughtful touches to discover throughout, such as a perfectly sized drink bottle holder in the cargo area and an ingenious magnetic seatbelt holder to keep the rear most belts stowed out of the way.

Much like the 3008 we previously reviewed, there are beautifully executed rows of piano-like keys on the dash. These don’t just give easy access to key functions, but also make the switch gear look like a desirable art piece. Combined with the arched gear shifter, the cabin feels really futuristic, and there’s an impressive fit and finish for a vehicle in this class.

The drive

The eight-speed transmission works diligently with the power at hand from the 1.6 PureTech engine and its reasonable 133kW and 250Nm of torque.

When driving on suburban roads, the 5008 GT had us wondering how the performance was so good for such a large vehicle, considering the engine isn’t the biggest. There’s also a Sport mode which boosts the car’s personality, making shifting a bit more aggressive.

During our trips on the motorway, the 5008 GT easily sailed along in eight gear, and we achieved close to Peugeot’s claimed fuel efficiency rating of 5.6L/100km. The CO2 efficiency rating sits at 128g/km.

All Peugeot 5008 models received a five-star ANCAP rating back in 2016.


The 5008 GT is an exceptionally well equipped seven seater, comparable to the likes of the popular Kia Sorento.

The unique styling of the 5008 (and other new Peugeot models) is tricky to replicate, and the longer we spent with the 5008 GT, the more the styling made sense. The only minor critique is that the front of the Peugeot is so gorgeously styled with lines and slits, that we aren’t sure how easy it will be to keep clean in the long run.

At a glance


Peugeot 5008 GT


1.6-litre turbo-petrol inline four


From $53,990 (+ORC), $65,990 (+ORC) as tested

ANCAP safety rating

5 Star

Power and Torque

133kW, 250Nm


Eight-speed auto (e-EAT8)

Fuel economy/CO2

5.6L/100km, 128g/km

Towing capacity

600kg (Unbraked), 1,300kg (Braked)


2WD (Front)

Seating capacity


Luggage capacity/payload

702 litres (third row down)

Safety systems

  • ABS Braking with electronic brake distribution EBD and emergency Brake assist (EBA)
  • Driver attention alert and Forward collision mitigation
  • Lane keeping, with Road edge and lane positioning semi-autonomous
  • Electronic Stability control (ESP and Hill Start)
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Six airbags
  • Active blind spot monitoring
  • Outer rear ISO fix points with top tether

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