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Peugeot 5008 2021: facelifted SUV coming to Australia this year

John Law

Peugeot’s updated 5008 SUV will land in Australia this year with interesting design details and updated technology.

The refreshed 2021 Peugeot 5008 will join the updated 3008 and all-new 2008 as the largest in the French marque’s three-prong SUV offensive.

Unlike the 3008, the 5008 will be only available with traditional combustion engines with no hybrid powertrains currently available in any market.

Peugeot 5008 2021 Grille detail
The new frameless grille breaks free and flows seamlessly into the headlights.

That will make it difficult for the new 5008 to compete in a popular segment where the Rav4 hybrid rules the roost. Still, the seven-seat Peugeot 5008 is one of the more stylish options amongst rivals like the Renault Koles and Skoda Kodiaq.

The facelift builds on the Peugeot’s best attributes with the same frameless grille design seen on the 3008 which adds plenty of class to the front end of the 5008, as the details flow into the distinctive ‘claw‘ LED daytime running lights.

There are also updated LED headlights, while two new colour options – Metallic Copper and Celebes Blue (pictured) – feature.

Peugeot 5008 2021 Rear
Peugeot’s 5008 is a quirky seven-seat SUV from the french marque.

Naturally, an optional ‘black’ pack darkens some of the chrome features including the 19-inch alloy wheels. 

The cabin is what you expect from Peugeot, who has fully committed to their unique architecture. A small, angular steering wheel sits in front and below a 12.3-inch digital dashboard.

A new ten-inch touchscreen – two inches up in size – features above the centre stack, and houses all of the car’s settings, including the climate controls. 3D Navigation will be standard in Australia alongside wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Peugeot 5008 2021 Cabin
The French brand’s interesting cabin architecture remains intact.

Active safety features are present with adaptive cruise control, lane-trace assist, AEB with day & night pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition and a clever night-vision system all standard. 

In other markets, the 5008 is available with a broad choice of petrol and diesel engines, but Australia will continue to receive only two – the most powerful petrol and diesel.

On the range-topping 5008 GT, a two-litre turbodiesel engine does the heavy lifting. The same motor is found in the 3008 and produces 133kW of power and 400Nm of torque sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Peugeot 5008 2021 Profile
It’s long and tall, but the 5008 is definitely an SUV, not a minivan.

More affordable GT-Line variants will continue with the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 121kW and 250Nm outputs and an eight-speed auto.

Unlike the smaller 3008, all 5008 models will be powered by internal combustion engines and be front-wheel-drive, with no all-wheel-drive choice available.

The updated 5008 will only be available in two grades; entry-level GT-Line which currently lists for $51,990 before on-road costs and the GT which starts at $58,990.

Peugeot 5008 2021 Rear cab
The rear quarters of the 5008 are more conventional.

It is safe to expect prices to increase with the new model, but we will have full specification and pricing closer to the launch date.