So, our time with Peugeot’s largest SUV is at an end.
Over the past few months it has handled the regular school run carrying three kids, long-distance drives with between one and six on board, been used to move furniture and dealt with a daily 60-mile commute through countryside and city centre.
And while the 5008 isn’t without its flaws, in terms of sheer family-friendly usability it’s among the best out there.
Peugeot 5008 GT-Line Premium
Engine: 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Top speed: 118mph
0-62mph: 11.8 seconds
CO2 emissions: 106g/km
The first thing that struck me about the 5008 when it arrived was its fantastic interior styling. I’m still not sold on the exterior looks but inside it is has a style unlike anything else in the class, with real metal and fabric inserts bringing a bright modern look when so many rivals play it safe with dull plastics.
The second thing to impress me was the engine. At 1.5 litres it might sound a little weedy for a full-on seven-seat SUV but like so many PSA Group engines it punches above its weight in terms of refinement, capability and economy.
Most importantly, however, over several months the 5008 has proved to be incredibly family friendly.
The three individual middle seats are a massive boon and something no rival can match. They allow you to fit three child seats in row two and leave the substantial boot free to take luggage. The flat door sills and floor plus wide-opening doors aren’t exciting features but they are hugely helpful elements for family use as are seat-back tables and plenty of charging points.
And there are storage places aplenty in which to hide everything from phones and bottles of wine to the inevitable banana skins.
Its biggest flaw in that regard is that the final row of seats are far from the easiest to operate and offer less space than some of its rivals.
Up until now the Skoda Kodiaq has been our favourite seven-seat SUV but the Pug might well steal the show.
Its infotainment system can’t hold a torch to the Skoda’s and other elements of technology also let it down. The automated boot was too easy to accidentally activate, the reversing camera image was poor, the auto-dipping headlight system had a habit of simply deactivating entirely and having to adjust the heating via a menu is downright stupid.
But where it really matters – in practicality – it’s a strong performer thanks to those smart individual seats that slide and fold in multiple ways to make it easy to carry anything from seven humans to two massive wardrobes.
The 5008 is also more frugal (48.6 v 44mpg) than the Skoda but no less refined. It’s no better or worse to drive either, although the long-distance comfort of the narrow seats is questionable – even with their multi-setting massage function.
Where once families with more than two children struggled to find a decent car there is now a wealth of them on offer and the stylish, practical 5008 is among the best.