But there’s a sense of inevitability to the car you see here, given that a very similar-looking 3008 was revealed mere days ago. The 5008 is 20cm longer than the previous model and two seats better off, and now has some slightly different powertrain options.
There are no hybrids at the moment—better to fill this thing with kids than batteries—and there’s a slightly wider array of diesel options, most notably a more powerful 180hp tune for hauling your small army around a tad swifter.
Otherwise, you have the exact same suite of upgrades as the 3008: a new front end, with refreshed headlights (incorporating a new ‘foggy mode,’ stopping 5008 drivers from unwittingly dazzling oncoming traffic with traditional foglights) and a fancier front grille, as well as a heap more tech inside. Highlights include an updated virtual cockpit, smarter phone connectivity, and actual night vision. Which should go some way to endowing some cool points upon your otherwise wholly necessary purchase of seven-seat family bus.
Mind, there should be absolutely no shame in buying a seven-seat family bus. Peugeot still insists on calling the 5008 an SUV—because that’s the label that sells—but we’d far rather think of this car as a mildly hiked-up people carrier. Because the MPV (remember that acronym?) deserves a stay of execution. You with us?
Anyway, let us know what you think of the new 5008 in the comments.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.