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Grand Touring is offered in its true meaning in the Peugeot 5008 GT Sport.

The 5008 is the largest of French carmaker Peugeot’s three SUV models ahead of the compact 2008 and the mid-sized 3008.

With its relatively long low profile and seven seats the 5008 is effectively a crossover between an SUV and a people mover. Indeed, from its debut in 2009 through until 2016 it was tagged as an MPV before switching to the more marketable SUV name-tag.

The current (second generation) model was released in 2017 with the current face lifted version arriving in early 2021.

The 5008 is aimed at the top end Japanese and Korean models although Peugeot is also keen to tackle the similarly-sized premium European SUVs such as Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. To this end only the high-specced GT and GT Sport variants have been brought here.

Our test vehicle was the GT Sport which was added to the range with the MY22 update in October 2021. It joins the 2008 GT Sport and 3008 GT Sport which were launched here earlier this year.


The 5008 shares much of its styling with its smaller stablemate, the 3008. The standout feature in both vehicles is the eye-catching chequered grille which stretches seamlessly past the air intake and blends into the bodywork. Topping off the great looks are long thin vertical daytime running lights which flash when the doors are unlocked.

At the rear there are LED taillights, ‘3D lion claw’ brake lights and scrolling indicators. The GT Sport also gets puddle lights in the shape of the Peugeot Lion.

A panoramic sunroof is standard in the GT Sport and optional in the GT.

Wheel sizes are 18-inch with the GT and 19-inch on the GT Sport.


The 5008 comes with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit system which combines a 10-inch high-definition infotainment touchscreen; configurable multi-mode 12.3-inch instrument panel and a compact sports steering wheel which allows an unobstructed view of the controls for most drivers.

There are also neat aircraft-style fold-down tables on the back of the front seats.

The 5008 GT Sport has Nappa leather appointed upholstery (Alcantara in the GT), while both models get heated front seats and 8-way electronic adjustment and massage function for the driver, plus a panoramic opening glass sunroof as standard.

As is the norm, the rearmost seats are best suited to children.

With all seven seats in place the storage capacity is 237 litres. That expands to a maximum of 1670 litres with the third-row seats folded  and 2150 litres with the second-row seats down and the third row removed.

The three centre-row bucket seats can be adjusted in various ways and there’s a real luxury feel when travelling there.

With the front passenger seatback folded the 5008 can to cater for long narrow items of up to 3.28 metres.


Two engines are offered. The GT Sport has a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol with maximum power of 133 kW at 5500 rpm and torque of 260 Nm at a very low 1650 rpm.

The 5008 GT is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel with common-rail direct injection and develops 131 kW at 3750 rpm and 400 Nm at 2000 rpm.

Both petrol and diesel engines are mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic and both are front-wheel drive.


The 10-inch colour touchscreen sits in the centre of the dashboard and, very sensibly, is angled slightly towards the driver. Less sensible, in our opinion, is the need to adjust temperature and fan speed with multiple taps on the screen rather than with the much easier and safer knobs.

The various controls are of the piano key variety with a small audio volume knob on the far left.

Both 5008 models come with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; DAB radio; wireless smartphone charging; and 3D satellite navigation.


Both the 5008 GT and GT Sport come with a comprehensive list of safety features. This includes six airbags; electronic braking distribution; blind spot detection; emergency braking assistance: electronic stability programme; speed limit recognition and recommendation; adaptive cruise control; advanced driver attention alert; forward collision warning; lane keeping assistance; lane positioning assist; lane departure warning; road edge detection; autonomous emergency brake with low light cyclist and pedestrian detection; high beam assist; and Isofix child seat anchors on the outer rear seats.

One glaring omission is rear cross traffic alert, an important feature that is becoming standard in most vehicles and which we are increasingly relying upon.

Parking is helped by front and rear parking sensors; semi-autonomous parking assist; and 360-degree reversing and front cameras.


Our test car was the 5008 GT Sport priced at $65,670 plus on-road costs.

Access to the front seats is easy and they are large, comfortable and supportive with the added bonus of slide-out thigh support. The sunroof does infringe into headroom.

The turbo-petrol engine in the GT Sport is smooth and refined. If you’re looking for a bit more torque the slightly more expensive turbo-diesel GT model might be more suitable.

A highlight is the sports steering wheel which really adds to the drive experience.

Road holding is very good, though it’s obviously aimed more at the family wagon buyer than the sporty SUV segment. You can choose between several driving modes.

On good roads the 5008 was extremely smooth and quiet. Perfect for long distance cruising with the added bonus of relatively low fuel consumption.

On some rougher surfaces there was more noise than we anticipated, but it still felt stable and secure.

The cruise control stalk is awkwardly positioned below and behind the gear shift toggles on the steering column.

Fuel consumption in the turbo-petrol GT Sport that we tested is listed at a very optimistic 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres. We averaged 7.6 L/100km which is still impressive for a relatively large vehicle.


Peugeot 5008 is a stylish, well-equipped and versatile seven-seat SUV. multi-purpose French vehicle at a price that should give food for thought to the makers of premium product rivals.

Peugeot has a long and distinguished history in Australia so it was disappointing to see it drop off significantly in recent years. Fortunately, both it and its French sibling, Citroen, have now joined the Subaru brand at Inchcape Australia. Now, some improved marketing push means that dealers will be keen to attract new sales so make sure you do some serious haggling.


Looks: 9/10

Performance: 9/10

Safety: 8/10

Thirst: 8/10

Practicality: 8/10

Comfort: 9/10

Tech: 8/10

Value: 8/10



5008 GT Sport 1.6-litre turbo-petrol: $65,657

5008 GT 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $66,770

Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Peugeot dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Peugeot 5008 GT Sport 1.6-litre turbo-petrol five-door wagon)


Capacity: 1.598 litres

Configuration: Four cylinders in line

Maximum Power: 133 kW @ 5500 rpm

Maximum Torque: 250 Nm @ 1650 rpm

Fuel Type: Petrol 95 RON

Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 5.6 L/100km

CO2 Emissions: 128 g/km

DRIVELINE: Eight-speed automatic

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2024 Lotus Emeya Sets EV Recharge Record




2024 Lotus Emeya

2024 Lotus Emeya Sets EV Recharge Record


By Jeff Gibbs

The all-new 2024 Lotus Emeya, an upcoming electric super-sedan, has set a new benchmark in DC fast-charging technology. With its advanced 402kW peak charging speed, the Emeya can recharge its 102kWh battery from 10% to 80% in just 14 minutes.

Key Highlights:

  • Record-Setting Recharge Speed: The Emeya achieves a 10-80% top-up in just 14 minutes using a 400kW DC charger, maintaining an average charge speed of 331kW.
  • Rapid Range Addition: This translates to approximately 310km of added range in just 10 minutes.
  • Advanced Battery Technology: The Emeya’s cell-to-back battery structure incorporates a cutting-edge cooling system that significantly enhances thermal performance, surpassing many competitors.

Performance and Competition

The Lotus Emeya was tested against several high-profile electric vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz EQS, BMW i7, Tesla Model Y, Genesis G80, XPeng G9, Hyundai IONIQ 6, Nio ET5, and BYD Atto 3. This testing highlights the Emeya’s superior charging capabilities, narrowing the gap between the time required to recharge an electric vehicle and refuel a conventional combustion-engine vehicle. However, it’s worth noting that recharging the Emeya for a 310km range still takes five times longer than refueling a combustion engine car like the Porsche Panamera, which takes about two minutes.

Among its competitors, the XPeng G9 was the closest, achieving a peak charge rate of 320kW but averaging around 233kW as it approached 80% capacity.

2024 Lotus Emeya Interior

2024 Lotus Emeya Interior

Power and Speed

Designed to compete with the fastest electric vehicles on the market, particularly the Porsche Taycan, the flagship Lotus Emeya boasts impressive performance specs:

  • Acceleration: 0-100km/h in a claimed 2.8 seconds, matching the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
  • Top Speed: 256km/h.
  • Powertrain: Dual-motor setup delivering 675kW and 985Nm.
  • Transmission: Two-speed system for optimised performance.

Official Statements

Lotus Group CEO Qingfeng Feng emphasised the breakthrough in charging technology, stating, “With our industry-leading charging technology available today, Emeya pushes the boundaries for how an EV performs, providing drivers with the confidence to travel anywhere. We’re bringing an unrivalled driving experience in the ultimate grand tourer package, so drivers want to go electric.”

Launch and Availability

Customer deliveries have already begun in China, with the Lotus Emeya set to launch in right-hand drive markets, including Australia, in the second half of this year.

The 2024 Lotus Emeya not only sets a new standard for fast-charging electric vehicles but also promises exceptional performance and driving experience, making it a strong contender in the luxury EV market.


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2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specifications: Base Price Increases by Nearly $10,000




2024 Hyundai Santa Fe

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specifications: Base Price Increases by Nearly $10,000


By Jeff Gibbs

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seater now comes exclusively as a hybrid and is significantly better equipped, resulting in a base price increase of $9,450 compared to the previous V6 model.

Key Points:

  • Pricing and Specifications for the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hybrid-Only Model Available in Three Variants
  • Expanded List of Standard Features
  • Starting Price at $55,500 Before On-Road Costs

The entry-level price for the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seat SUV has jumped by nearly $10,000 for this larger, better-equipped, hybrid-only model, set to arrive in showrooms soon.

New Hybrid Powertrain and Design

The 2024 Santa Fe will be available in Australia solely as a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol hybrid, offering both front- and all-wheel drive options. The redesigned model features a larger, boxier body and includes more advanced equipment and technology. While a petrol-only 2.5-litre turbo variant may be added later to replace the previous V6, the diesel option has been completely discontinued for this new generation, according to Hyundai Australia’s latest information.

Price Increase Details

The starting price has risen to $55,500 plus on-road costs from the previous $46,050 plus on-road costs for the base petrol V6 model. The lineup now includes three models: an unnamed base grade, the Elite, and the Calligraphy, which replaces the Highlander.

  • Base Model (AWD): Priced at $58,500, this is $8,950 more than the previous entry-level all-wheel-drive version, which used a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. It is only $210 more than the entry-level Toyota Kluger Hybrid.
  • Elite Model: The hybrid AWD Elite is now $65,000, marking a $2,000 increase over its predecessor, which was the most affordable hybrid in the previous Santa Fe range.
  • Calligraphy Model: Prices for the Calligraphy variant range from $75,000 for the seven-seat version to $75,500 for the six-seat version, an increase of $5,450 to $5,950 depending on the configuration.
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

Enhanced Features

The significant price increases are justified by a longer list of standard features. These include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, dual 12.3-inch interior screens, dual-zone climate control, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat, all standard across the range. Many of these features were previously limited to the higher-priced Active and Elite versions of the Santa Fe.

Advanced Technology and Safety

Top-tier models now come with advanced technology such as semi-autonomous Highway Driving Assist, which can centre the car in its lane and assist with lane changes.

Performance and Efficiency

All variants are powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, delivering a combined output of 172kW and 376Nm (an increase of 3kW and 26Nm from the previous hybrid). This powertrain is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, available in both AWD and, for the first time in Australia, FWD configurations.

Hyundai Australia claims a fuel consumption rate of 5.6L/100km, although it is not specified whether this applies to the FWD or AWD models. Despite the new model being approximately 250kg heavier than its predecessor, this figure is more efficient than the 6.0L/100km claimed by the outgoing Santa Fe Hybrid AWD and matches the efficiency of the Kluger Hybrid.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Prices in Australia:

  • Santa Fe Hybrid seven-seat front-wheel drive: $55,500
  • Santa Fe Hybrid seven-seat all-wheel drive: $58,500
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Elite seven-seat all-wheel drive: $65,000
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy seven-seat all-wheel drive: $75,000
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy six-seat all-wheel drive: $75,500

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a notable advancement in hybrid technology, design, and features, albeit at a higher cost. Potential buyers will need to consider the improved capabilities and efficiency against the significant price increase.


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Nissan Keeps All Options Open for Qashqai SUV: Petrol, Hybrid, and Electric





Nissan Keeps All Options Open for Qashqai SUV: Petrol, Hybrid, and Electric


By Jeff Gibbs

Nissan is set to maintain a versatile approach for its Qashqai SUV, continuing to offer petrol, hybrid, and electric powertrains to cater to varying market demands. While the next-generation all-electric Qashqai is on the horizon, Australia is likely to continue with petrol and e-Power options for the time being.

Continued Production of All Powertrains

Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK will keep producing the Qashqai for global markets, complemented by production in Dalian, China, for the local market with partner Dongfeng. The Sunderland facility supplies Qashqais to over 100 countries, including Australia. Speaking to Australian media, Nissan’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Planning Officer for the AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania) region, Francois Bailly, confirmed that the electric Qashqai will not replace existing models but will be produced concurrently to meet diverse market needs.

Electrification Strategy and Market Adaptation

Bailly emphasized the variability in market readiness for electrification. “The markets around the world are so diverse, there’s a speed of electrification that we could imagine different technologies at the same time in different markets,” he said. However, he did not confirm the all-electric Qashqai for Australia specifically, noting the growing but still relatively low EV market share in the region.

Current and Future Qashqai Offerings in Australia

In Australia, the Qashqai is available with two powertrain options:

  • A 110kW/250Nm 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine.
  • A 140kW/330Nm e-Power range-extender hybrid, which pairs a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor driving the front wheels.

For emissions-restricted markets like Europe, the Sunderland factory also builds a mild-hybrid version.

The facelifted Qashqai, expected to arrive in Australian showrooms by the end of the year, will likely retain the current powertrain options. It will feature updated exterior styling, improved cabin materials, and a new Google-powered infotainment system, although the latter is yet to be confirmed for Australia.

Investment and Production Plans

To prepare for the new all-electric Qashqai, Nissan has invested an additional £30 million ($AU57.7 million) in the Sunderland plant to accommodate the installation of heavy battery packs and high-voltage components. The Qashqai EV will share the production line with the internal combustion engine and e-Power hybrid versions, as well as the Juke small SUV and the upcoming new-generation Leaf crossover. This strategy allows for a seamless transition from the current Qashqai to the new models, ensuring continuous production of the popular SUV.

In conclusion, Nissan’s multipronged approach with the Qashqai ensures that the SUV remains adaptable to market trends and consumer needs, offering a blend of petrol, hybrid, and electric options. This flexibility positions the Qashqai to effectively meet the demands of diverse global markets, including Australia.


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