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Peugeot's 3008 and 5008 enjoy subtle updates

The popular Peugeot 3008 crossover and seven-seat 5008 SUV have been treated to a makeover to celebrate five years since they were first launched.

And what that facelift boils down to is a mild style tweak for certain models combined with an uprated interior for the ‘GT’ trim level.

Whichever way you look at it, the 3008 and the 5008 have been monumental successes for Peugeot.

The eye-catching 3008 scooped the ‘European Car of the Year’ gong in 2017 while the 5008 won the What Car? ‘Best Large SUV 2020’ title last year. The impressive 5008 has also taken home the ‘SUV of the Year’ prize for four years in a row at the Company Car Today Awards.

And while neither model needs an overhaul, some subtle nips and tucks announced by the French firm are likely to boost both cars’ credentials.

On both the 3008 and 5008, the Active Premium, Allure and Allure Premium trim levels now get gloss black door mirrors as well as a frameless front grille, which Peugeot says gives the vehicles a ‘sportier look’.

The range-topping GT models also get a swankier interior as standard. That means a premium ‘Belomka’ cloth with a half ‘Mistral’ leather effect trim, complemented by ‘Akinite’ copper stitching.

The 3008 GT and the 5008 GT get Peugeot’s digital i-Cockpit system that comes with a 12.3-inch digital head-up instrument panel, a compact steering wheel for improved driving dynamics and, from Allure upwards, a 10-inch high definition colour touchscreen with Connected 3D navigation.

While there’s a host of petrol and diesel engines on offer with both the 3008 and the 5008, the smaller 3008 is also available as an attractive plug-in hybrid.

There are two PHEV variants on offer - the two-wheel-drive ‘HYBRID 225’ and the all-wheel-drive ‘HYBRID4 300’. The latter, and more powerful, of that pair is capable of travelling 39 miles using electricity alone and offers some serious savings for business lease customers.

A Peugeot spokesperson explains:

“With an 11% Benefit in Kind (BIK) rate, the 3008 Hybrid is also an affordable option for company car drivers. Since the plug-in HYBRID powertrain joined the 3008 range, it has accounted for over 11.7% of sales. Customers can also choose from efficient petrol and diesel engines, including the option of an 8-speed Automatic transmission.”

The 5008, meanwhile, is a great choice for busy families on the hunt for a comfortable seven-seater. It’s a rival for competitors like the Skoda Kodiaq and the Nissan X-Trail.

The third row of seats can be folded away under the floor when not required, as well as fully removed, while the second row seats are all fully adjustable, too.

If you fold both the second and third row down flat, you’ll reveal a massive 2150 litres of load space - more than enough to stow the mountain bikes for your weekend trip away.

There’s also a suite of driver assistance and safety systems for both the 3008 and 5008, including Peugeot’s innovative ‘Night Vision’ technology, which ‘allows drivers to view pedestrians and animals on the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel up to 200m, beyond the scope of the headlights’.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Lane Positioning Assist further enhance safety and driving pleasure, says Peugeot.

The 3008 is priced from £27,905 while the 5008 starts at £30,360.

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