PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT 3008 ESTATE 1.6 Hybrid4 300 Allure Premium 5dr e-EAT8

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.1s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

Peugeot wants to be a key player in the plug-in hybrid part of the mid-sized SUV segment with this car, the 3008 Hybrid. It looks smart, certainly makes the efficiency numbers and will work well as a package for a family buyer wanting a degree of EV tech but not quite ready to take the plunge into full-battery motoring. But though the plug-in technology on offer here is pretty cutting-edge, it's also pretty heavy and pricey.

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Peugeot's 3008 Hybrid offers a pricey slice of family-friendly electrification. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Peugeot wants to be a key player in the plug-in hybrid part of the mid-sized SUV segment with this car, the 3008 Hybrid. It looks smart, certainly makes the efficiency numbers and will work well as a package for a family buyer wanting a degree of EV tech but not quite ready to take the plunge into full-battery motoring. But though the plug-in technology on offer here is pretty cutting-edge, it's also pretty heavy and pricey.

Background

Plug-in Hybrid technology may turn out to be one of the more short-lived of the motor industry's propulsion options. The first plug-in hybrids didn't arrive until around 2015 and there's talk of future legislation banning them by 2035 (though in a post-Covid world, who knows how far that deadline might be extended?). What we do know is that right here and now, plug-ins (or PHEVs) are often the undecided green motorist's preference, even though they're no longer government-incentivised. The fully electrified commuting mileage, the absence of range anxiety and low taxation of PHEVs are all tempting. But the elephant in the room remains the high cost of this technology, which reflects in the price of all current contenders, including the one we look at here, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid. Can it stack up? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

This isn't the first time we've seen a Hybrid 3008 model. The first generation design was available in electrified form too, but that was a self-charging set-up mated to a diesel engine. This time round, a 1.6-litre petrol turbo powerplant mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox has been blended with more advanced plug-in hybrid technology that allows for 36 miles of WLTP-rated all-electric driving range. This powertrain features in two flavours: in 225hp form in the front-driven 3008 Hybrid. Or in 300hp guise in the AWD 3008 Hybrid4, the latter variant featuring two electric motors (a 108bhp unit on the front axle and a 111bhp motor on the rear axle - hence the nominal AWD capability). In both cases, the way that petrol progress is seamlessly integrated with electrified power is very impressive - and the whole package feels as quick as those output figures might suggest (rest to 62mph in the Hybrid4 takes just 5.9s en route to a 146mph maximum - or an 84mph all-electric maximum). So it ought to feel pretty quick. Well it does to a point. But things are rather blunted, as is usual with this class of car, by a somewhat prodigious kerb weight. The plug-in powertrain adds a substantial 360kgs over the weight of a 2.0 diesel 3008; or around half a tonne over a base petrol version. That's an awful lot of extra bulk to carry around and even with 520Nm of pulling power on tap, you feel that from behind the wheel, especially if you try and chuck this car about in the kind of manner a typical owner never would. You get four driving modes, with the one you'll be using most of the time being the 'Hybrid' setting that chooses the best mix of electric and petrol propulsion to suit the driving style whilst optimising efficiency. The alternative settings are either 'Sport' (where the car combines the power of the electric and petrol motors to offer livelier performance). And 'All-Wheel Drive'.

Design and Build

As usual with plug-in models, visual differentiations from standard variants are few. In this case, that means special dichroic badging on the boot and front wings, an extra filler flap and a cyan light that shines from the interior mirror when the car is in all-electric motion. Otherwise, this is like any other second generation 3008, which means it's very sleekly styled but, at 4.4-metres long, remains one of the more compact crossovers in the mid-sized SUV segment. Inside, the cabin as usual in this model is dominated by digital screens for the instrument cluster and the centre stack, embellished in this case by some extra hybrid-related displays and associated switchgear. As ever with a modern Peugeot, there's an 'i-Cockpit' dash design you'll have to get used to that leaves you looking over the (smaller) steering wheel at the instrument binnacle, rather than conventionally through it. Because this design was created from the outset to accommodate battery power, there's no compromise in rear seat accommodation and a couple of adults will be quite comfortable. But boot space is compromised considerably by the battery placement (down to 395-litres from 520-litre normally), though you do get an extra 25-litre area for storing the cables. The seats-folded capacity is 1,357-litres (down from 1,482-litres). And the fuel tank size is 10-litres smaller too.

Market and Model

Be prepared to pay quite a premium if you want plug-in hybrid capability for your 3008. You'll almost certainly be looking at the front-driven 225hp version because the more powerful all-wheel drive 300hp derivative is prohibitively expensive. Let's start with some perspective; diesel auto 3008 models start from around £30,000 - or around £33,000 with the top 2.0-litre BlueHDi engine. From launch, front-driven 3008 Hybrid pricing kicked from around £36,600 in base 'Allure' form: a couple of thousand more gets you 'GT Line' trim, while around £42,000 is needed for the top 'GT'. The aforementioned 300hp Hybrid4 model is offered in two forms; 'GT Line'-spec for around £43,500 and top 'GT' trim for nearly £47,000. Yes, really. So as you can see then, the value lies further down the range. In truth, you don't really need all-wheel-drive or an extra 75hp in this car - and base 'Allure'-spec gives you all the kit you could reasonably want. That includes a Connected 3D navigation system, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a colour reversing camera, ambient lighting, power-folding door mirrors, keyless entry and all-round parking sensors. 'GT-Line' trim adds a contrast-coloured black roof, front fog lamps, full-LED self-levelling headlights, a wireless charging mat and sportier styling. And with top 'GT'-spec, you get leather upholstery, a surround view camera system, massaging front seats and a FOCAL premium hifi system.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures. We've covered the 36 mile WLTP-rated all-electric driving range; it's actually more like around 25 miles in real-world use. And we also ought to apply real-world thinking to projections of likely fuel economy because the fantasy-land official combined WLTP figures (up to 222.3mpg for the Hybrid and up to 235.4mpg for the Hybrid4) clearly aren't likely to be replicated by the average owner. As a feather-foot, we suppose 80-90mpg might theoretically be possible but your realistic average is going to be much less than that - and certainly less than you'd get from the equivalent diesel model. Rely on the petrol engine alone and you'd struggle to average 35mpg. You might have noticed from this that the 4WD version is more efficient - and that holds true for WLTP emissions - rated at up to 39g/km for the Hybrid4 and up to 41g/km for the Hybrid. These figures will mean attractively low BiK figures (a 12% Benefit-in-Kind rate for the Hybrid4, as opposed to 27% for a 3008 GT diesel). At the time of this test in early 2020, that meant earners in the 40% bracket would pay £2,240 per year for the Hybrid model4, almost half what they'd have to find for the equivalent diesel variant. For a base 3008 Hybrid, company car tax could be as little as 10% in the 2020/21 period, rising only to 11% and 12% in the following two years. Bear in mind that you'll need to find £500 extra to upgrade your 3008 Hybrid to a model incorporating a 7.4kWh fast charger that would be capable of accepting charge from anything faster than a domestic three-pin socket. This halves charging time when charging with a typical garage 7kW wallbox. And it really ought to be standard. Charging the 13.2kWh battery takes 3 hours 45 minutes with a standard Mode 3 Type 2 cable - or 1 hour 45 minutes if the optional on-board charger has been fitted. You can use a provided smartphone app to set low-tariff charging times. And Peugeot is offering buyers six months free use of the Polar public charging network. Insurance groups vary between 26E and 28E for front-driven model and 35E for the Hybrid4 variant.

Summary

You can certainly see why someone might be drawn to this 3008 Hybrid. It's a far more complete product than the first generation diesel/electric version ever was. And the stats are tempting - for the front-driven version, up to 222.3mpg, up to 41g/km of CO2 and 36 miles of all-electric range. It arguably looks smarter and more fashionable than its identically-engineered Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid and Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid PSA Group cousins too. But this car, like those models, is somewhat hobbled by its pricing. You've really got to want plug-in tech to pay a £3,000 premium over diesel power. And that's for the front-driven version. Nudging up towards and above £45,000, the 4WD 300hp Hybrid4 version really does price itself out of contention, unless you happen to view the Peugeot brand from a premium perspective. If you're attracted by a 3008 Hybrid, stick with a base front-driven 'Allure' model, then get a decent deal on one, translate that into affordable finance and finally this product starts to make some sort of sense. Sophisticated sense. Which of course was always the original intention.

  • Dark tinted rear side windows + tailgate window
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Heated rear windscreen with integrated antenna
  • One touch electric front/rear windows with pinch protection
  • Front windscreen wiper with magic wash cleaning system

  • Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Braking Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Braking Assistance)
  • Electric parking brake
  • Hill start assist

  • Dynamic stability control and electronic anti-skid system

  • Bluetooth telephone facility

  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear parking aid
  • Front parking sensors
  • Programmable cruise control and speed limiter
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Extended Traffic sign recognition

  • Peugeot i-cockpit with compact multi-function steering wheel
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with configurable 12.3" Head-up digital instrument panel
  • PEUGEOT i-Cockpit with 8.0" capacitive touchscreen in centre console
  • 3D connected navigation with 10" HD touchscreen + voice recognition system
  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto
  • Peugeot connect SOS and assistance
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Exterior temperature indicator with ice warning

  • Power folding door mirrors with blind spot detection indicator and auto dipping function in reverse gear
  • Electric operated/heated door mirrors

  • Brumeo fabric Dashboard, front and rear door panel finish

  • 6 speakers radio with mp3 compatible
  • USB socket
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Stainless steel roof arches
  • Gloss black B and C pillar and aerodynamic deflector trim
  • Gloss black rear cluster connecting strip
  • Black rubber side window trim
  • Body colour door handles
  • Aluminium longitudinal roof bars
  • Body protectors (bottom of front and rear bumpers + wheel arches + protection at bottom of doors) in black
  • Body colour rear spoiler with stainless steel edging trim
  • Body colour door mirror shells
  • Radiator grille in chrome edge trim and facets
  • Chrome front wing trim
  • Gloss black front bumper air scoops
  • Front and rear door and sill protectors with polished stainless steel insert
  • HYBRID4 emblem on front wings and tailgate

  • Eco LED headlights
  • LED rear number plate lighting
  • Chrome rear bumper facia
  • Headlights left on audible warning
  • LED side indicator lights integrated into door mirrors
  • Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers
  • Rear LED Peugeot signature 'Claw Effect' lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Rear centre console ventilation system

  • Electric power steering with reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Centre front armrest with butterfly wing opening and illuminated storage compartment
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • Satin chrome dashboard trim
  • Satin chrome digital instrument panel and touchscreen trim
  • Satin chrome front door panel recess trim
  • Satin chrome scorpion's tail and toggle switch trim
  • Flocked glovebox interior
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Roof lining - Salin light grey
  • Mode 3 type 2 cable for wallbox charging
  • Brumeo fabric trimmed door armrests
  • Leather steering wheel with detail stitch
  • 12V Sockets in dashboard, rear cabin and load area
  • 4 Grab handles retractable and damped

  • Footwell illumination
  • Blue ambient lighting for connecting zone
  • Blue ambient lighting to front door panels, central storage and cupholders
  • LED interior lighting in storage spaces and load area
  • Front interior light with 2 reading spotlights and rear interior light with timer

  • Safety plus pack - 3008 hybrid
  • Safety pack with emergency braking system - 3008

  • Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags with passenger airbag deactivation function
  • Front three point retractable seatbelts with pre tensioners and force limiters
  • 3x Rear three-point retractable seatbelts with force limiters in the outer rear seats
  • Electric child locking functionality on rear windows and doors
  • Driver and front passenger side airbag
  • 3x Front optimised safety headrests and rear retractable headrests with height adjustable
  • Two tone horn
  • Front and rear curtain airbags

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • 3x Isofix child seat fittings in the front passenger and outer rear seats
  • Seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert for front and rear seats
  • Individual left and right controls in boot for seat folding
  • Rear bench seat with central armrest and ski hatch
  • Foldable front passenger seat
  • Seatbelt not fastened audible and visual alert for front seats

  • Automatic door locking when moving off
  • Perimetric and volumetric alarm with lift and tilt sensor
  • Automatic hazard light activation upon heavy brake application
  • Remote control central locking with two plip keys
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Peugeot Open and Go System

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 18" Detroit storm grey diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Puncture repair kit including compressor, sealant cartridge and towing eye

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 225
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 3.7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 105
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 13.2
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 65
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 34
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 40

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.588
  • HC: 0.018
  • NOx: 0.024
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 29
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 29
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 39

  • CC: 1598
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 1.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 235
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 166

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 37E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 67
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 58
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Coin Series: Allure Premium
  • Coin Description: Hybrid4 300

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 53
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.1
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 384
  • Engine Torque - NM: 520
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3000

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: DETROIT
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Length: 4447
  • Width: 1841
  • Wheelbase: 2675
  • Width (including mirrors): 2098
  • Height: 1620
  • Height (including roof rails): 1624

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 395
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1357
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.67
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1840
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2330
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 490

  • Smartphone charging plate: £120

  • 180 degree colour reversing camera: Included
  • Visio park assist 360 with colour camera system + automatic parking assist: £450

  • Hands free electric tailgate: £400

  • 3.7 kW monophase on board charger: Included
  • 7.4 kW monophase on board charger: £300

  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £725
  • Special paint: £725
  • Special Metallic paint: £575
  • Body colour roof: Included
  • Black diamond roof: £300

  • Colyn cloth/leather upholstery: Included
  • Nappa Mistral leather upholstery with tramontane stitching, heated front seats + floor mats: £1,300

  • Drive assist plus pack - 3008: £600

  • Metallic - Celebes blue: £0

  • Pearl - Vertigo blue: £725
  • Pearl - Pearl white: £725

  • Special Paint - Ultimate Red: £725
  • Special metallic - Cumulus grey: £575
  • Special metallic - Nera black: £575
  • Special metallic - Nimbus grey: £575

  • Detachable towbar with 13 pin + Trailer Sway Mitigation: £550

  • Nappa leather - Mistral with Tramontane stitching + heated front seats+ floor mats: £1,300

  • Colyn cloth/leather - Mistral black with Mint green stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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