New Peugeot 3008 HYBRID4 – A Skillful & Refined Family SUV.

Following on from the success of their amazing 3008 SUV in petrol and diesel engine guise, Peugeot has launched the new 3008 HYBRID4 plug-in hybrid model to much acclaim. The most powerful road-going Peugeot ever, the new 3008 HYBRID4 boasts 4-wheel drive and a combined 300bhp, yet it emits just 29g CO2/km and consumed as little as 1.3-litres of fuel for every 100km’s driven on a combined driving cycle when tested under strict new WLTP (Real World Driving) standards. With more than 700,000 vehicles sold since its launch in 2016, the success story of the Peugeot 3008 SUV (a former European and Irish Car of the Year winner), takes a new dimension with the powerful HYBRID4 version.

Outstanding Performance & Ability;

Travelling up to 59km in 100% electric mode and capable of sprinting from 0- 100km/h in just 5.9 seconds, the 3008 HYBRID4 consists of two electric motors paired with a 197bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine to deliver a hefty maximum output of 300bhp and 520Nm of torque, and means Peugeot’s family SUV is fast, as well as potentially very frugal. The electric unit at the front is coupled to an eight-speed e-EAT8 electronic-automatic gearbox, while a second electric motor is fitted to the rear axle. The battery capacity is 13.2kWh and charging is easy and fast. A full charge can be done in just 105 minutes when using a Wallbox (7.4kW). Built on Peugeot’s efficient EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) platform, high levels of comfort are preserved, even with the fitment of the batteries. Four wheel drive mode provides improved traction on slippery roads or difficult terrain, which results is flawless grip in all conditions. Whether on wet, muddy, snowy or winding roads, the power is evenly distributed over all four wheels of the vehicle for incredible stability and road-holding ability, while a raised ride height and increased ground clearance enhance the overall driving experience.

Harmonious & Balanced Proportions;

Like its petrol and diesel engine counterparts, the new Peugeot 3008 HYBRID4 instantly provides a sense of harmony with its finely balanced proportions, while its horizontal, ribbed bonnet, stylish chrome wing inserts and stainless steel roof arch trim emphasise its fluid and dynamic lines. As is the case with all new Peugeot’s of late, the inside of the car is as strikingly designed as the outside, and offers terrific head, leg and elbow room for ultimate practicality. The 3008’s cabin is stunningly designed and cleverly laid out, with flourishes like the piano keys in the middle of the dashboard and the latest version of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit taking centre stage. Build quality throughout the cabin is excellent, with ample use of soft materials on visible surfaces providing a premium feel. There are a number of driving modes to select, with the ‘Sport’ mode providing hot hatch-rivalling acceleration, while ‘Electric’ mode is capable of providing the driver with up to 59km’s of smooth, quiet and relaxed emission-free driving. In ‘Hybrid’ mode, the 3008 decides itself whether to use electric or petrol power, or a mix of both, in order to make progress as efficiently as possible. Additionally, the driver can hold on to battery charge until they want, or need to use it – such as entering an urban area, for example. As would be expected, Peugeot has made some compromises in order to make the transformation to a hybrid drivetrain, such as a fuel tank which is 10-litres smaller than a regular 3008’s, and a boot space reduction from 520 to 395-litres. However, a dedicated 25-litre area for storing the charging cables is located under the boot floor, while dropping the rear seats flat will massively increase the visible boot space to 1,545-litres.

Easy Charging Options;

The most convenient way to charge the new Peugeot 3008 HYBRID is at home overnight for a full battery every morning, while charging when you arrive at work will leave your car fully charged at the end of the work day. However, with the ever-increasing numbers of public charge points at service stations, supermarkets and public car parks, charging the car when out and about is becoming an easier task than ever before.

Trim Levels;

There are three highly-specified trim levels to choose from in the new Peugeot 3008 HYBRID range – Allure, GT Line and GT. Allure trim is only available in HYBRID2 (front wheel drive, with 225bhp) guise, while GT Line and GT trim levels can be specified in either HYBRID2 or HYBRID4 drivetrains.

Test Car;

My test car was a new Peugeot 3008 HYBRID4 GT model, which was finished in elegant Magnetic Blue metallic paint, with 19” ‘Washington’ two-tone alloy wheels for maximum visual impact. Standard GT equipment is hugely impressive, with key features such as electric memory driver’s seat with multi-point massage function, full grain leather seating, 3D satellite navigation with voice control, adaptive cruise control, lane positioning assist, panoramic opening glass roof, full LED headlights, LED foglights, and LED scrolling front indicators, along with many more comfort, convenience, safety and infotainment features.

I found my test car to be impressively engaging on the open road, with little body lean to speak of, while the suspension does an excellent job of softening pitted tarmac and soaking up potholes. The car is also easy to drive around town, while it is impressively quiet and well mannered on the motorway.

Verdict, Pricing & Warranty;

Overall, the new Peugeot 3008 HYBRID4 is a strikingly-designed, fast, efficient and practical family SUV, which drives every bit as good as it looks. Pricing for the new 3008 HYBRID starts at €37,995 (2WD Allure model), with my test car specification priced at €49,400 (ex-works). A comprehensive 5-year/100,000km Peugeot warranty comes as standard, along with an 8-year/160,000km hybrid battery warranty, and a 3-year roadside assistance package for total peace of mind motoring.

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