Read Caroline’s Peugeot E-5008 review for everything you need to know about the new version of Peugeot’s popular seven-seat SUV, expected in Ireland later in 2024.

The Peugeot 5008 has been a huge success for Peugeot in Ireland. It’s one of the nation’s favourite family cars and a familiar sight on Irish roads.

Now there’s a new one incoming. Sitting on all-new underpinnings, it will be offered as a plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid petrol and as a full battery electric vehicle with a range up to 660 kilometres in its top form.

The new E-5008 shares much in the way of batteries and underpinnings with the Peugeot E-3008, which arrived in Ireland this summer.

So is it still a brilliant family car?

I travelled to Sweden with Peugeot Ireland to test it out ahead of its arrival in Ireland.

The new Peugeot E-5008 is expected in Ireland later this year
The new Peugeot E-5008 is expected in Ireland later this year

Styling

The new 5008 is longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces. Much like before, it shares a lot of its style with the smaller 3008 SUV. There’s a new front-end characterised by slim LED headlights, new claw-like daytime running lights and a black strip with 5008 spelt out across it. The grille is quite a flamboyant affair with body coloured detail. There will be two trim levels – Allure and GT – and six different body colours. Wheel sizes are 19- or 20-inch. The wheelbase is longer than the E-3008 to allow for more space for passengers. Around the back, the 5008 gets more of the traditional boxy rear of an SUV compared to the 3008’s now more coupé-like roofline. The new look sits very well upon the 5008 and it’s matured into a very handsome seven seater that’s sure to stand out among rivals like the Mercedes-Benz EQB, Skoda Kodiaq and Kia Sorento.

Interior

The 5008 has a truly spectacular cabin design featuring Peugeot’s new ‘panoramic i-Cockpit’ and plenty of plush cabin materials that really make it feel a cut above the rest. A 21-inch high definition digital screen sits elegantly upon the dashboard with a slightly curved display. Beneath that there’s a new compact steering wheel with paddles now present to adjust the strength of the regenerative braking. The centre console wraps neatly around the driver and houses a few buttons for controls like the drive modes and electronic parking brake release. A glossy panel sits beneath the main display where you can program shortcuts to your most used features like navigation, climate control and music. There’s also plenty of storage dotted around the cabin, wireless smartphone charging and an opening glass roof to flood the cabin with light.

The cabin of the new Peugeot E-5008
The cabin of the new Peugeot E-5008

Practicality

Onboard the 5008 feels very spacious and family-friendly. There’s seven seats as standard across three rows. This is a car that was always a hit with families for its modular interior – three individual seats in row two, all with Isofix. This time round Peugeot says it’s prioritising modularity and comfort. That means the middle seat is now a bit narrower than the outer two seats and Isofix features on just the two outer seats. While there’s plenty of legroom and headroom for everyone, the former layout did offer a unique layout and more flexibility for fitting child seats. Still, the rear bench can slide forward and back 60:40, and the backrests can fold down individually.

There’s more boot space than before when all seven seats are in place, with space for a couple of cabin bags in an upright position. There’s also extra storage under the boot floor for the charging cables, and even the parcel shelf fits neatly there. In five seat mode, there’s a generous 748 litres.

Battery

There are two battery options – 73kWh and 96kWh – just like the new E-3008. The entry model will use the 73kWh battery and a 210hp motor sending power to the front wheels. This version offers a range of up to 502 kilometres (WLTP). With the long range battery, the E-5008 offers up to 660 kilometres of range (WLTP). The top of the range dual motor model will be the most powerful and offer up to 500 kilometres (WLTP).

The 5008 is a stylish and capable seven seat SUV
The 5008 is a stylish and capable seven seat SUV

Driving

On the road, the E-5008 has an affable driving character that’s ideal for a family car. We tested the entry level model with 210hp and it’s definitely not fast or exciting to drive but nor is it unpleasant. The electric powertrain offers a quiet, serene driving experience and it’s one of the most refined seven seaters around. The longer wheelbase makes it feel more comfortable and settled on the road than the smaller E-3008. While our test route was not exactly taxing, the efficiency figures indicated that this won’t be thirsty on its battery consumption. Regenerative braking can be adjusted from paddles behind the steering wheel and there are a few driving modes like normal, sport and eco to adjust things a little.

Other power options will include a petrol mild hybrid automatic and a plug-in hybrid with a range up to 80 kilometres.

Charging 

11kW AC charging is included as standard with the option to upgrade to 22kW. DC fast charging is possible up to 160kW. No matter which battery you opt for, a 20-80% charge is possible in under 30 minutes.

Rear seating in the new Peugeot 5008
Rear seating in the new Peugeot 5008

Pricing 

Pricing for the new 5008 range will be announced closer to launch. The current range is priced at about €51,995 for a diesel automatic.

Verdict 

In its electric guise, the new Peugeot 5008 will be one of the very few electric seven seaters on sale – for now at least.

It also happens to be a very good one. The EV powertrain suits it very well, adding a quiet and effortless drive to the mix. It covers the road well, offering an enjoyable lounge feel that’s ideal for a family car.

The 5008’s style and presence just gets better and better, and the cabin fit and finish is truly a step above many mainstream alternatives.

For a compact seven seater, it offers plenty of space and flexibility, with some clever boot storage also.

While pricing is yet to be announced, the new 5008/E-5008 is likely to continue where the previous version left off and it feels like a worthy successor.

The new 5008 is available as a plug-in hybrid, petrol mild hybrid or full battery electric vehicle
The new 5008 is available as a plug-in hybrid, petrol mild hybrid or full battery electric vehicle

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year