SUV or sedan? This may be a question you may find asking yourself if you’re in the market for a new family car. There are many factors to take into account when making comparisons between different types of vehicles, as each will have their own different advantages over the other.
For this exercise, let’s use comparisons between Peugeot’s 5008 (SUV) and 508 (sedan/fastback) to illustrate the differences in both types.
Height and Handling
Since they have low ground clearance, sedans are easy to get in and out of. They are also more suitable for those with mobility issues, as you won’t have to climb to get into the car. Moreover, sedans have a lower center of gravity and are at less risk of rolling over and tend to have a smoother and more stable drive.
SUVs have a higher ground clearance. This also means that loading and unloading of goods is easier. Four-wheel drive also usually comes as standard or at the very least will have it as an option, so they are ideal for handling off-road and certain hazardous road conditions (such as icy roads in winter). In addition, since they have higher seating, drivers and occupants also have increased visibility of the road and surroundings.
The Peugeot 508 has a height of 1410mm, with the 5008 standing over 200mm higher at 1646mm.
Performance and Space
Due to the differences in size and shape of the two types of vehicles, with sedans being lighter and more aerodynamic than SUVs (and therefore are great for zipping through the city streets and weaving in and out of traffic).
The Peugeot 508 Fastback has a tare weight of 1385kgs, a maximum speed of 250km/h and can go from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds.
On the other hand, the Peugeot 5008 weighs 1473kgs, has a maximum speed of 201km/h and acceleration from 0-100km/h in 10.5 seconds.
However, you should look to SUVs in general if you’re after something that can handle heavier loads and also the extra space to fit more or larger items.
Although the 508 has a roomy boot space of 487L (with seats still up), the Peugeot 5008 is comparatively much larger with a capacity of 591L. And whilst the 508 is capable of towing 1600kgs, you can tow up to 1800kgs with a Peugeot 5008 GT.
The 508 can fit up to 5 people, while the 5008 seats up to 7.
As can be imagined, sedans are comparatively cheaper to buy than SUVs. Though very competitively priced compared to similar cars in their class, this can be illustrated with the 508 having a manufacturer recommended list price of $53,990 compared to the $54,990 of the Peugeot 5008.
So in the end, after having had a look at some of the major differences between a sedan and SUV, there isn’t really a clear reason why you should buy one over the other. It all comes down to what you are looking for and what best suits you.