Peugeot 3008: 2020 facelift adds teeth

Published: 01 September 2020

► Facelifted 3008 gets family look, new teeth
► Still-fresh crossover needs only mild tweaks
► New colours and trim, upgraded tech

Even though the first examples first put tyres to UK roads in 2017, Peugeot’s given the 3008 a pretty dramatic new look. Striking new lights, contrasting bumper details and a frameless grille define the revised crossover, due in the UK before the end of 2020, but it’s a makeover that’s really only skin-deep. And that’s not a bad thing.

Pugeot 3008 wins Car of the Year – 2017

Why facelift the 3008?

Peugeot introduced many of its current styling elements on the 3008 – from the full-width smoked-black tail light bar, to the angular, muscular arch flares and intriguing split-level dashboard architecture. But the front retained a family look with older designs, and one thing Peugeot is the master of is the ‘family look’ – throughout generations, from the smallest to the largest, the styling has been consistent.

We’ll forget the 309 for now.

Given the striking, fang-faced 508, 208 and so forth have one of the most identifiable light signatures on the road currently, it’s thoroughly sensible to bring the 3008 in-line, losing the string-of-garden-lights-in-the-headlight DRLs of the current model.

Peugeot 3008 facelift 2020

Highlighting the new lines (at least at the front), there are two new blues in the paint selection; Celebes Blue and Vertigo Blue join the existing selection of Pearl White, Artense Grey, Platinum Grey, Perla Nera Black and Ultimate Red. A contrasting black roof features on the GT (the double panoramic sunroof is still available as well), and the GT also gets optional 19-inch diamond-studden alloy wheels.

Taking the opportunity to refresh the technology as well, Peugeot’s polished the 10.0-inch infotainment system and upgraded the i-Cockpit digital dashboard with a contrasy, ‘normally-black’ 12.3-inch panel and new graphics.

Although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature, the wireless is still limited to charging – though two extra USB ports have appeared for rear passengers.

Peugeot 3008 interior 2020 facelift

Already quite advanced, there’s not much more to be done with the 3008’s technology, but Peugeot’s keen to remind buyers that there are two levels of driver assistance (automatic models have the option of coming to a standstill with adaptive cruise, and the lane keeping is available to actively hold you in place, or just reactively correct wandering).

Advanced features – again, available without waiting for the facelift – include night vision/pedestrian detection and all-round cameras with parking assistance.

Peugeot must have had to change spec for Euro-6, surely?

No! One of the most proactive firms in Europe when it comes to pushing and meeting emissions standards, Peugeot was already well on the way to meeting RDE2 and the next stages of WLTP when the current 3008 was fresh in the showrooms. That means that while there may be detailed tweaks under the hood, the core line up of engines remains the same.

Peugeot 3008 PHEV

So, as before you’ve got the rather nice petrol 1.2-litre 128bhp PureTech with six-speed manual or EAT8 automatic, the 1.6-litre,petrol four-cylinder with 178bhp (auto-only), a diesel 1.5-litre four-cylinder also producing 128bhp and possibly only available with the EAT8 automatic as well, and a choice of 223bhp front-wheel drive PHEV or 296bhp all-wheel-drive PHEV – the Hybrid4.

We’re running a long-term Vauxhall Grandland X with that powertrain.

The only sign of WLTP’s influence is in the revised trim levels, which come as Active, Allure and GT, with ‘packs’ to add more equipment.

What’s going on inside the 3008?

There’s a small list of changes – new wood finishes including ‘Dark Lime’, and environmentally-kinder PET-based (not pet-based – no puppies or kittens were harmed in the making of the 3008, we assume) materials that reflect an overall industry shift towards more sustainable, ethically-acceptable trim and plastics.

Red Nappa leather is available on the GT, black Alcantara and Mistral fabrics are offered across the range, and for a final flourish the GT Pack has a frameless rear view mirror. Of course, what’s offered in the UK may differ, as we’ve been denied wood finishes on Peugeot’s new interior style before.

Given the essentially cosmetic nature of the upgrades, this seems like the ideal time to get down to a Peugeot dealer and strike a deal for the current 3008.

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By Richard Kilpatrick

Technology writer and photographer since the early '90s, now car-obsessed, too