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FIRST DRIVE: Peugeot E-5008 – is THIS the perfect family EV??? | Electrifying

FIRST DRIVE: Peugeot E-5008 - is THIS the perfect family EV??? | Electrifying

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The Peugeot E-5008 is a mid-sized electric SUV that comes with a useful seven-seat layout as standard. It’s based on the same ‘STLR Medium’ platform as the swoopier, five-seat E-3008, and even gets the same powertrain options and trim levels. That means a 73kWh battery with a single-motor, front-wheel drive option for 311 miles of WLTP range, or the same battery with a more powerful, all-wheel drive, dual-motor setup – although it manages virtually the same claimed range. A 98kWh model arrives in 2025 with a long range of 410 miles.

There’s also a good chance of a five-seat version of the E-5008 in the near future, but that’s still TBC. For now, it’s seven-seat only, with a couple of well-equipped trims and pricing starting from around £48,000. You will also be able to get a hybrid or plug-in hybrid Peugeot 5008 (the latter coming with an electric range of 49 miles) from 2025.

Rivals include the more compact yet more expensive Mercedes EQB, and the much bigger – and much pricier Kia EV9. So, in many ways, the E-5008 is in a class of its own.

There are two battery options in the E-5008; a 73kWh with either single- or dual-motors, with both offering a WLTP range of 311 miles. The 98kWh E-5008 arrives in early 2025 (as does the dual-motor 73kWh model) with a claimed WLTP range of up to 410 miles, making this one of the longest range family SUVs in this price range. Even the 73kWh E-5008 goes usefully further than the Mercedes EQB, or any of the van-based seven-seat electric cars, such as the Citroen e-Berlingo.

As for real-world range, we found that the E-5008 managed a very respectable 3.6 miles per kWh over our warm, moderately fast test drive in Sweden, which is good for a range of 263 miles. We’d expect that to eke up to 280 miles in slower, about-town driving, or it’ll drop to more like 210- to 240 miles per charge in winter, depending on how you’re driving.

Charging speeds are up to 160kW, which is good for an additional 62 mile top-up in around ten minutes, or a 20-80% charge in 30 minutes. That’s pretty good, and is on a par with the (five-seat only) Skoda Enyaq, if not as fast as the charging you enjoy in the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5 that you may well consider against an E-5008 if the seven-seat layout is just a useful bonus for your lifestyle, rather than a strict necessity.

Plug in at a 7kW home wallbox and you’ll have a full charge in between 12- and 15-hours. There’s also 11kW AC charging as standard on the E-5008, which reduces that full charge time by a couple of hours. However, you need three-phase charging to benefit from that, which you often find in kerbside or lamp-post chargers in cities – the average home wallbox charger can normally only manage 7kW.

Join Nicola as she drives the new Peugeot E-5008 for the first time. Has Peugeot built a winner? Let us know in the comments below.


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