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The Top Gear car review:Peugeot 5008
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
The dash houses two configurable screens, one for the driver’s instruments and the other for nav and entertainment. Their operation is smooth and logical, and their graphics clean. Under the main info screen are a pair of air vents and a row of buttons – luckily Peugeot hasn’t dispensed with these completely, like Land Rover did with the Velar. Peugeot calls the system, which debuted on the 3008, i-Cockpit, and, sure enough, the way the screens and surfaces are canted toward the driver make it feel more cocooning than we’re used to in cars like this. Above all else, it’s very modern and very cool. The quality of both materials and build is on-point for the class.
And thankfully the design does not impinge on space. The two rearmost seats aren’t really for adults – more so small children – but that’s OK. Erecting, stowing and accessing them is straightforward enough, but remember when they’re up and in use, the boot shrinks from massive to tiny. The middle row gets three individual seats that all slide fore/aft and recline. Slid all the way back and reclined a bit, it’s pretty comfy back there.
One thing that still irks us a bit is the driving position. You have to sit differently in Peugeots than other cars, because the dials are designed to be read over the top of the (incredibly tiny) steering wheel, not through it. If you’re of a certain height, the wheel rim blocks the bottom half of the dials, and that’s annoying.