The Peugeot 3008 sits in the fiercely competitive compact SUV market segment – currently one of the most desirable styles of vehicles to consumers right now. The 3008 is in its second generation at the moment, with the current iteration launched in 2016. In such a hot sector, though, things move fast, and Peugeot is keen for the 3008 to stay ahead of the pack with a brand-new facelift for 2021.
Peugeot 3008 design and technology
In terms of design, the new 3008 picks up where the old one left off with an evolution of Peugeot’s angular and striking style. It gains the now-familiar “lion’s tooth” daytime LED strip below each headlight cluster from the 208, and round the back, the rear light cluster also gets the LED treatment with a black bar spanning across the entire body to “visually widen” the car. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s more than enough to keep the 3008 fresh-faced against the all-new Ford Kuga and the ageing Nissan Qashqai.
It’s a similar story inside the SUV, too, with a minor but well-judged upgrade to the interior. You’ll now find the latest i-Cockpit system directly from other modern Peugeot models, with a 10-inch screen replacing the previous 8 inches. The characteristic instrument cluster above the steering wheel position is maintained, with its 12.3-inch screen delivering crisper graphics than before. Fundamentally, though, the overall layout stays recognisable, and unmistakably Peugeot.
Peugeot 3008 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Whilst the pre-facelift 3008 already had a plug-in hybrid option named the ‘Hybrid4 300’, the 2020 refresh gains a newer, more entry-level PHEV option that’s aimed at attracting more buyers. The new option mates the 178bhp 1.6l Peugeot engine with a 108bhp electric motor, creating a combined 222bhp. The battery pack allows you to travel up to 35 miles on electric alone, too.
It’s remarkably direct competition against Ford’s Kuga PHEV, which also features a 222bhp output and a 35-mile electric range. You may also wish to consider the Mini Countryman SE hybrid, which produces 221bhp and delivers 29 miles of electric range. In other words, the new Peugeot 3008 PHEV is not short on rivals.
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Peugeot 3008 Powertrain
Of course, you can spec your Peugeot SUV with more conventional engines, too. Petrol power is delivered by a 129bhp 1.2l or a 178bhp 1.6l, and diesel is taken care of with either a 129bhp 1.5l or a 175bhp 2.0l. Even the most potent petrol engine delivers nearly 40MPG, and the diesel can return up to 56MPG. They’re figures that put the 3008 directly within the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Karoq and the Kia Sportage, with them all offering similar petrol and diesel power.
Peugeot 3008 price
The updated 3008 is priced from £27,555, a worthwhile £500 premium over the outgoing model when considering all the latest tech. The cheapest PHEV model currently sits at £37,310, which is somewhat more expensive than the £29,815 Kuga, and even more so than the Mini Countryman SE, priced from £33,500.
The 3008 is a highly important SUV for Peugeot, and with the new facelift updating the edges without disrupting the formula, it looks set to carry on the success Peugeot desires.