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First Drive: Peugeot 3008

The story: Peugeot’s 3008 crossover gets even more striking with a mid-life revision that gives it a more aggressive new nose as well as kit upgrades and other tweaks
Key rival:Nissan Qashqai
On sale:Now

Peugeot’s 3008 was already one of the more striking crossovers in its class, but according to the brand that’s even more the case now with the car’s mid-life facelift making the styling even more aggressive, while there is also new technology and improved specification.

The nose in particular has been given quite a big restyle. The frameless grille stretches right across the front of the car, and the good news is that it doesn’t look ungainly as large grilles have done on other brands’ models. The headlights are more slender, helping that deliberate move to a more aggressive look.

First Drive- January 2021- Peugeot 3008- Image 2Top-spec GT and GT Premium trim levels now get a bespoke grille to help mark them out, helped by the full LED headlights with an extended light signature.

The models with full LEDs also get a new fog mode to replace the front fog lights. When the rear fog lights are activated, the front dipped lights switch to a lower intensity to prevent a white-out of visibility. The rear lights now feature full LEDs with sequential-light indicators.

All trim levels now get the 10-inch colour touchscreen system, while the optional interior trim availability is widened.

Changes are otherwise minimal, which is no bad thing. The 3008 is a good all-rounder, offered in petrol, diesel and a pair of plug-in options, one of which gets into the 6% BiK band courtesy of an official electric range of 40 miles.First Drive- January 2021- Peugeot 3008- Image 4

The 130hp 1.5 diesel gets below the 130g/km mark, while the most efficient petrol engine is the 130hp 1.2 at 141g/km. The 6% BiK PHEV driven here is almost insanely expensive in top-spec GT Premium at more than £47,000 before options, but it’s more than £183 per month cheaper on the driver’s BiK than the entry 130hp petrol, and on top of all the extra equipment, it also packs 300hp, which is a little more than a regular crossover really needs.

It’s quick in a straight line, but not necessarily most at home on twistier roads. Still, it’s comfortable, and has the kind of characterful and good-quality interior that Peugeot is becoming increasingly renowned for across its range.

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The verdict

A notable update to the front-end styling makes one of the more distinctive in the crossover breed even more so. Otherwise the changes are minimal, but no major surgery was required to an already-competitive model.