2021 Peugeot 3008 comes in dashing good looks and a 300-hp powertrain
They've also upgraded the interior and the proprietary i-Cockpit system
Conformity is one of the most annoying side effects of media globalization. Peugeot is a perfect example of this because after building terrible vehicles for a relatively long time, they're now back on track with several interesting cars in the line-up and it's time to admit the truth. The 508 is great, the 208 is a lot better than the 207 it replaced and then there's the 3800 which, if you ask me, is the best-looking car in its segment. And now there's a new one.
The 3008 is basically a mid-size SUV and that puts it in the same market bracket with some fairly horrendous cars and 'horrendous' is certainly not a word I'd use to describe the 3008. In fact, I'd actually call it pretty. It was a relatively good-looking car to begin with but Peugeot made it a bit better by adopting a refreshed headlight setup with vertical daytime running lights and a slightly larger front grille with a frameless design. This, by the way, is also proof that big front grilles needn't be ugly.
It's a similar story with the interior. The cabin in the 3008 already was a nice place to be with comfy seats and they've now made it better by giving the dashboard a new high-tech and modern look and by upgrading the i-Cockpit system with a new 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital cluster.
The 3008 is available with diesel, petrol and hybrid engines (an all-electric version is in the plans), starting with the entry-level 1.2-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, which produces 130 hp and comes with a 6-speed manual. Then we've got a 1.6-litre 180-hp 4-cylinder petrol, a 1.5-litre 130-hp diesel and two hybrids.
The base model offers a combined power output of 225 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-60 time of 8.7 seconds, a top speed of 140 mph and an all-electric range of 35 miles. The range-topping variant produces 300 hp and 384 torques, courtesy of a 200-hp petrol engine working together with an electric unit, paired with an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The top speed is 146 mph and 0-60 is done in 5.9 seconds.
The upgraded 3008 is expected to reach showrooms by the end of the year.