The old Peugeot 5008 was a big car that measured up to 4529 mm in length but still managed to confuse people regarding it’s own identity. So Peugeot did the logical thing, and relaunched the Peugeot 5008 as a big 7-seater bonafide SUV that is 16.5 cm longer and 11 cm wider than the previous model. Oh, it also looks much better.
Peugeot released the data hours ago aiming for the 2016 Paris Motor Show and they want this SUV to succeed so bad, since SUV’s are now the third best selling vehicles in Europe. It might do just that.
The Peugeot 5008 sits on the familiar PSA modular EMP2 platform placed under the “Large C” sub-segment class. Now with the addition of second and third-row folding seats that enable the boot space to increase from 640 liters (7-seater configuration) to 1,060 liters when the seats are folded into a 5-seater configuration allowing you to carry objects that stretch up to 3.2 m in length with the passengers seats folded. The second generation Peugeot 5008 also ads 60 mm of knee room.
Engines include the lackluster petrol 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces a silly 130 PS mated to an auto gearbox or a manual six-speed. There is also a better 1.6-liter engine producing 165 PS available with a six speed auto. For such a big SUV, these under-powered engines seem ridiculous. Opt for the diesel engines and you get a 1.6-liter engine pushing 100/120 PS (two options) and a 2.0-liter with 150 or 180 PS.
Here is where it gets even stranger. The second gen Peugeot 5008 receives front-wheel drive only aided by the Advanced Grip Control system that offers five different modes ((Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and ESP Off) for those sticky situations.
Then again, you’re not buying the Peugeot 5008 for excitement. It’s main purpose is to haul as much things and people as possible without wasting any unnecessary fuel or diesel. It’s the new modern age road family SUV that’s not meant for any offroading.