Nobody really buys MPVs in Europe anymore, which we suspect is why Peugeot hasn’t replaced its aging 5008 people-mover with another one. What it’s done instead is turn it into a seven-seat SUV—all the practicality of an MPV (or so it says) with none of the image.
And it looks…excellent, actually. We first saw this kind of look on the smaller 3008, but the lines work miles better on the 19cm-longer 5008. And then there’s the interior—Peugeot calls it the i-Cockpit—with its twin eight and 12.3inch screens, tiny wheel, and superb rake. Trunk space is also said to be class-leading.
Tech is predictably plentiful. There’s a load of driver-assistance kit (like blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, etc.), plus massaging seats, a fancy hi-fi and a panoramic roof. As it sits on the EMP2 platform (like the Citroen C4 Picasso), engines are standard PSA fare, with Peugeot promising low emissions and big economy (it’s lighter than the car it replaces, which we’re sure helps some). That means 1.2 and 1.6-liter gasoline engines with up to 163hp, and 1.6 and 2.0-liter diesel mills with up to 178hp in the GT range-topper.
Off-road ability? Very little, we suspect, though you can spec something Peugeot calls active grip control and hill-descent control if you really want.
We’ll see it in the metal at the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks. Do you like what you see so far?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.