Peugeot 5008 SUV - Reliability & safety
Standard autonomous emergency braking should make the Peugeot 5008 a very safe car
The omens are excellent for the Peugeot 5008 when it comes to safety, and reasonable where reliability is concerned. The common myth about French electrics appears to be just that; Peugeot owners are a very happy bunch.
Peugeot 5008 reliability
Perception’s a funny thing: if you ask people which manufacturers have poor reliability, French brands often crop up. Yet Peugeot has fared well in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey in recent years, coming in an impressive fourth out of 29 brands in 2022, though it's dropped to ninth place in 2023 – still, that beats the likes of direct rivals such as Toyota, Volkswagen and Renault, not to mention premium brands such as Audi and BMW.
Given the 5008’s mechanicals are used by at least four different models of car, we’d say it’ll be as thoroughly developed as is possible. The closely related Peugeot 3008 was placed 37th out of the top 75 models in our 2023 Driver Power survey, with an above average score for reliability and build quality, and it's an admirable placing, considering the model has been out for quite some time.
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is one of the most significant safety systems to have emerged in recent years, and is likely to be made mandatory very soon. Until then, it’s up to carmakers whether they want to fit it and, if so, whether they charge extra for it.
Peugeot has taken the admirable option of fitting all 5008s with AEB as standard. Given experts consider it can cut rear-end collisions by as much as 38%, we’re pleased this is the case.
The company also fits a driver fatigue warning as standard, as well as lane-departure warning and traffic-sign recognition. This last item uses a camera to scan for signs, before displaying them on the i-Cockpit. Much like the i-Cockpit sat-nav display, this saves you having to search for pertinent information on the move.
The facelift added new semi-autonomous features that can automatically stop and restart the 5008 in traffic jams, along with improved capability for the traffic sign recognition system. Peugeot also added an optional Night Vision system as an option for GT trims, using an infrared sensor to help see up to 250 metres ahead of the car in poor lighting conditions. This could potentially help the driver spot pedestrians or animals in the road.
These systems are also standard on the smaller Peugeot 3008, which scored the full five stars when Euro NCAP assessed it. Euro NCAP states that the mechanically similar 5008 will fare just as well for crashworthiness.