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First Drive: Peugeot 5008

The story: The seven-seat 5008, along with its 3008 crossover sibling, has received a considerable front-end revamp as well as the addition of new tech.
Key rival:Volkswagen Tiguan
On sale:Now

Peugeot has revised its 5008, our Company Car Today CCT100 SUV of the Year, with a new nose and improved technology on the inside.

The range-topping GT and GT Premium models are particularly notable, as they get a unique grille, as well as the option of a Black Pack, which brings a variety of styling additions.

These top models also get clever new full LED headlights as standard, fitted with a fog mode that replaces conventional fog lights. Night vision is also offered for the first time on the 5008, which highlights the presence of pedestrians or other hazards in reduced visibility.First Drive - April 2021 - Peugeot 5008 - Image 2

Upgraded full LED tail lights are also present, featuring Peugeot’s ‘lion claw’ signature and sequential indicators.

In the cabin, a new 10.0-inch touchscreen is fitted, alongside a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit dash display visible over Peugeot’s small steering wheel.

All 5008s are still seven-seaters, with good passenger space in the second row in particular. Load space is useful, too, with a 3.2-metre load able to be accommodated inside with the front passenger seat tipped forward.

The engine range carries over from the pre-facelift 5008, which means 130hp and 180hp power outputs for both petrol and diesel engines. The 180hp diesel in our test car offered pleasing levels of performance and decent refinement, and while it’s a nice engine to live with, the 130hp version is notably more efficient.

The update makes an enhancement to the 5008’s already-sharp looks, improving what is already an impressive SUV inside and out.

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The verdict

Smart upgrade enhances looks and tech on an already award-winning seven-seat SUV.