Peugeot opens up the seven-seat electric car market with a 311-mile, sensibly sized new SUV

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Seven-seat electric cars have been in short supply for some time. Other than a handful of fairly short-range, van-based options, the Mercedes-Benz EQB had the market to itself for a few years, with the bigger Kia EV9 only arriving last year. And now the new Peugeot e-5008 has joined the fray.

Based on Peugeot parent company Stellantis's new STLA Medium platform, the third-generation 5008 comes as a 1.2-litre petrol hybrid, a 1.6 petrol plug-in hybrid (with an electric-only range of 48 miles) or a full EV, which we're focusing on here.

Called the e-5008, it has a nickel-manganese-cobalt battery of either 73kWh or 96kWh in capacity.

If range is your priority, then the big-battery version will arrive in early 2025 with a WLTP range of up to 410 miles. Deliveries of a dual-motor 73kWh model will start at a similar time, with 311 miles of official range, despite having four-wheel drive and 318bhp.

The single-motor 73kWh model will likely be the biggest seller. It's turning up this summer and manages the same 311 miles of range (although all of the WLTP figures are yet to be finalised).

Charging speeds max out at 160kW, which is claimed to be good enough for 62 miles of range in 10 minutes or 20-80% in 30 minutes. Not bad, but also nothing that’s going to worry Tesla, Kia or Hyundai.



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The e-5008 isn’t the prettiest of Peugeot’s rather handsome current line-up, but it does manage a decent balance of proportions, sharp lines and inoffensive modernity – and that geometric wheel design is pretty cool.

The ultra-slim LED headlights are a bit squinty for us, and the body-coloured grille has now grown to such proportions that it appears the entire front end has become a massive cheese-grater. Regardless, nobody is likely to buy the e-5008 because it looks great, but they’re also very unlikely to be put off by the looks.

It's all about the usefulness, really, and for that the e-5008 is rather impressive. Based very closely on the smaller Peugeot e-3008, which also sits on the Stellantis STLA Medium platform, the e-5008 is 4.79m long, 1.69m tall and 2.1m wide (including mirrors). Usefully more compact than the Kia EV9, then, and usefully bigger than the Mercedes EQB. And cheaper than both.

Initially you can get the e-5008 only with a seven-seat layout, but Peugeot executives say that a cheaper, five-seat version is quite likely.


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We will start at the back of the e-5008, because it’s the space and versatility that’s really going to sell this car.

The boot release is hidden in an annoyingly small crevice in between the bootlid and bumper, which can make your fingers very mucky when you’re opening the boot. Inside, though, it’s a happier story, as you get 748 litres of boot space in five-seat mode, including some underfloor storage that’s good for your charging cables, and that also has fixings so that you can stow the loadbay cover securely out of the way.

There’s a permanent shortcut button on the touchscreen homepage that takes you to the ADAS settings, so you can quickly and easily turn off lane-keeping assistance and speed limit warnings.

It really is a properly big, spacious boot that will do just fine for your paddleboards, kayaks, kids bikes, buggies and dogs (although not quite all at once). The middle row folds and slides in a 60/40 split to leave an extended flat load area that gives you more than two metres of space, so that’s all good for when you have to pick up that dismantled shed that was a total bargain on Facebook Marketplace.

Just as impressive is that passenger space. The rearmost seats are best saved for the dexterous, as access is still a bit awkward, if better than in most seven-seaters, thanks to the outer-middle seats that tilt and slide forwards in one movement to give maximum space for clambering in.

An average-height adult in the third row will be okay for short periods, and shoulder, leg and head room really aren’t terrible, but there are no air-con vents back there, nor charging outlets (there’s a 12V socket but no USB ports), just a tiny cupholder each, so it’s a bit sparse. It's still pretty comfy by mid-sized seven-seat SUV standards, though, and the seats fold flat easily when you don’t want them.

The middle row is spacious too, although anyone over 6ft tall may find head room at a bit of a premium if the car has the panoramic glass roof, as ours did. Still, there’s loads of foot and leg space, there are standard climate-control furnishings for this row of passengers and the sliding and reclining seats will keep the kids happy.

Gone are the three middle-row Isofix fittings and three equally sized, individually sliding seats of the previous 5008. Peugeot maintains that greater comfort for the two outer passengers was more important for customers, who also want less of an MPV feel and more of an SUV feel.

Up front, the dashboard is taken straight from the e-3008, which means really smart materials and a structured look, with a ‘floating’ 21in panoramic display that houses the touchscreen infotainment system and driving information readout.

The configurable i-Toggle shortcuts lower down the dash are useful, and while the touchscreen layout may not be quite as intuitive as the system in the Renault Scenic E-Tech Electric (especially the fiddly in-screen climate controls), the tech interface and the driving position are both hugely improved over the previous 5008 and generally promise to be easy to live with.

The interior also feels solidly put together, and while you wouldn’t say this was up there with Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz for perceived quality, it will certainly make Ford, Kia and Renault pay attention.

The seats are comfortable, too, although the manual seat adjustment feels clunky and cheap, given the high-end feel that Peugeot has striven for in other aspects.

Visibility isn’t bad for this class of car. Granted, the Skoda Kodiaq has a lower shoulder line and better view out to the back, but the e-5008 has an appealing, ‘proper’ SUV driving position that sits you high up and gives an imperious view down the road.


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We drove the 211bhp 73kWh single-motor e-5008, which is… just fine. In fact, it’s judged well for everyday use. Sure, it’s not fast, as the 9.7sec 0-62mph time suggests, but the 254lb ft of torque streams into action smoothly and with building gusto. Drivers coming to an EV for the first time may be quite reassured by it, as it does feel rather like a petrol engine power delivery, yet it still has plenty of response when you want it.

Sure, given the lingering Tesla effect that means many people expect EVs to have mountains of performance regardless of whether it’s appropriate or not, some may want more punch. There's always the dual-motor e-5008 for that, which will likely drop 0-62mph to less than 7.0sec - and who really needs more pace than that in a 2.2-tonne family car?

Regenerative braking is controlled via paddles on the wheel, which is how it should be for easy control. You can flap through three levels, from very mild to middling and then to a not-quite-one-pedal mode. You can’t turn it off altogether, which some may find a bit frustrating, but in the two lower levels, it’s smooth and intuitive. The heaviest setting feels a bit grabby when you lift off the throttle from higher speeds, but at the about-town bumble, where it’s most likely to be used, it’s easy to get along with.

Brake pedal feel and response is okay, although it can feel quite vague in the initial travel in harder use. Friction and regen braking are blended pretty well, making it easy to stop the e-5008 smoothly.


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It will come as no surprise that this chunky, modestly-powered family SUV isn’t the sort of thing you dream of driving through the Stelvio Pass, but d'you know what? It is exactly what people will want of a seven-seat Peugeot.

The brand's tiny steering wheel does make the steering response feel a touch more reactive than is always ideal; at higher speeds it can feel like you’re applying incremental corrections at times, just to keep the e-5008 centred in a lane. But we’re nitpicking here, as generally the e-5008 steers predictably yet has something of a dartiness that many will enjoy when diving around the car's native habitat of roundabouts and car parks.

The steering is quite heavily weighted even in Normal driving mode and heavier still in Sport, and while that doesn’t make this feel like a sports SUV of any kind, there’s enough feedback and sense of connection to give confidence and satisfaction.

Ride comfort on the 20in wheels and Michelin e-Primacy tyres of our test car was a tad hard to judge, as Sweden doesn’t appear to believe in poor road surfaces. Even so, damping is good over speed bumps and the like, and while body lean is very noticeable, it’s also well-controlled. Higher-frequency intrusions can set the suspension thumping, and on these wheels, the e-5008 could feel fairly choppy over UK town roads, but generally the ride and handling is very tidy and composed.


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Prices haven’t been confirmed for the e-5008, yet, but it’s expected to start at around £48,000 in Allure trim, while GT trim will probably add another £3,500. Let’s face it: that’s not cheap. But it is still much more affordable than any immediate electric seven-seat rival.

Peugeot also tends to run very competitive monthly PCP finance deals, so you will likely see monthly payments starting at around £400 per month.

There’s also Peugeot’s new eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, which applies to all of its EVs and covers the car and the battery, provided you keep the car serviced every couple of years at official Peugeot dealers. Take that, Kia...

As for standard kit, even the entry-level e-5008 Allure gets 19in alloy wheels, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, keyless entry and that 21in dash screen.

The GT ups the style ante with 20in alloy wheels, part-Alcantara upholstery, heated front seats and adaptive LED headlights, although you will still have to pay extra for electric seat adjustment and a panoramic glass roof.

You also get a hands-free powered bootlid that you activate with your foot – and which you will immediately realise is far harder to use than the key or bootlid button. You will then proceed to ignore it until you accidentally activate it in an inconveniently low-roofed car park or while your head is right next to it. But anyway, it’s standard on the GT, so we wish you much luck and high ceilings.


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The e-5008 isn’t what you would call lovable or characterful, but it is absolutely spot on for what it needs to be and what the average buyer in this class wants.

It’s smart, it feels classy inside and out, it’s not so big as to be obnoxious, yet it's big enough inside to be seat four tall adults and a couple of older kids with ease or seven people with a bit of elbow-bashing.

It’s tidy and satisfying to drive and entirely fit for purpose. When it comes to a big electric seven-seater, it's really all that you need or want.