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A large MPV, the Peugeot 5008 is brimming with space and handles wonderfully, but is fighting for attention in a market that’s thirsting for SUVs like the Renault Scénic and the Opel Zafira.
What is a Peugeot 5008?
The first generation of the Peugeot 5008 is a pure MPV—and quite a good one at that. Unfortunately, since it was released, the popularity of MPVs has sunk through the floor while the popularity of SUVs has shot through the roof. This is why the second generation, released in 2016, looks like an SUV and very little like the first generation of 5008. The results? You’ll have plenty of uncertain, confused customers who won’t be sure they’re looking at the same vehicle and may not be prepared to invest in a first generation 5008. But encourage them to focus on the comfort and performance and you’ll convince them of the benefits of either version.
Is it comfortable?
Both generations are spacious, with a folding third row of seats and plenty of leg-, head- and shoulder room throughout. The later generation has noticeably higher quality materials and has clearly been seeing a stylist, resulting in an upmarket feel and look.
How does it drive?
Both generations of the Peugeot 5008 drive well for big seven-seater vehicles—even better than competitors like the Citroën Picasso. The 5008 isn’t available with 4WD; it doesn’t need it (especially not if it has Grip Control to improve traction) for any reason except that your prospective buyer may not be satisfied with any vehicle that doesn’t have it.
A used Peugeot 5008 from the first generation may be a more difficult sell than you’re expecting, unless you’re able to turn it around at a low price. It’s a wonderful vehicle. As is the second generation. But a second generation used Peugeot 5008, with its SUV appearance, extra luxuries and refinements, will disappear from your lot a lot more quickly.