5.7.2021Peugeot 3008 Hybrid review
Peugeot’s electrification push has been extensive, with two pure-electric models sitting in crucial sectors. There are PHEVs in the range too, seeing plug-in models cover most of the crucial model range. Here we test one of the most important cars in Peugeot’s range, sold in the crucial family SIV market - the 3008 Hybrid.
Review by Chris Lilly
PEUGEOT 3008 HYBRID: PERFORMANCE
Power in this version of the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid comes from a 1.6 litre petrol engine and electric motor, producing a combined 225 hp. It’s the same set-up as found in the 508 Hybrid models, and provides a decent blend of power and economy. There is a more powerful version with 300 hp for those wanting extra poke.
The 0-62mph time comes in at 8.9 seconds, so this is no performance model. Despite that, the 3008 Hybrid feels quick enough in daily driving, seeing the electric motor fill in initial power gaps from the petrol unit when required. Left to electric power, the 3008 performs excellently in town, but the hybrid powertrain is also comfortable on long runs, whether on motorways or A-/B-roads. It’s not particularly responsive, so drivers will have to either take control and knock down a gear themselves, or stick it in Sport mode to get quick pick-up when required.
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid is a relatively heavy car - because of the electrical parts of the PHEV system - and you can feel it in the corners. The handling is pretty neutral, inoffensive, and generally ‘family crossover’ in style; should be expected really. The springs resits body roll pretty well, but the ride can feel fidgety in some settings.
It aids with agility at low speeds, such as in town, and the 3008 feels composed on faster roads, but poorly surfaced country roads can see the 3008 transmit much of the imperfections to the cabin.
A styling refresh sees the 3008 bright back in line with the latest Peugeot family face. It’s a welcome set of revisions, with a slightly sharper style than before, though to be honest, the 3008 was a handsome crossover regardless.
In terms of space, the 3008 is middle of the road. There are more practical models in the market, but occupant space is ample for a family, and the boot is large enough to match their needs. That boot space isn’t reduced by the electric powertrain, where some rivals are.
COMFORT & CONTROLS
Some will not agree, but I really like the 3008 Hybrid’s controls. The i-Cockpit set-up features a small steering wheel, controls angled slightly to the driver, and piano key buttons. It’s a different approach to most cars on sale, but I think it works.
The graphics and controls can feel slightly complicated, but shortcut keys help a little here. Equally, the driver’s instruments are customisable, but of the large number of options on offer, you will likely only find yourself using one or two displays. Seat comfort is good even over long distances, and there is a good level of lateral support too.
PEUGEOT 3008 HYBRID: MPG & RUNNING COSTS
Crucial figures here are a 39 mile electric-only range, which aids economy scores of 31 g/km CO2 and 222.3 MPG. There are less efficient versions in the range, but these are the best figures available, and it significantly helps with company car tax in particular.
In real-world driving, the fuel-only economy score was around 45 MPG, which is useful for those long trips when charging isn’t practical. However, with regular charging for local trips, that figure quickly rises - how far it rises depends on how often you charge.
Charging is carried out via a Type 2 AC inlet on the near-side rear flank. A 3.7 kW on-board charger is fitted as standard, though a 7.4 kW AC on-board charger is available as an option. These will recharge the 13.2 kWh battery in a little under four hours, and less than two hours respectively.
Driving modes allow for a Eco setting, as well as Normal and Sport modes. That’s for the general powertrain, though there are EV settings too. These can hold the battery, or keep the car in EV mode as long as there is charge remaining in the battery. Brake energy recuperation is fitted, helping improve efficiency.
The Hybrid range skips entry-level Active Premium, and starts at Allure, before moving up to Allure Premium, GT, and GT Premium. Fitted as standard to the 3008 Hybrid are 18-inch alloys, 10-inch infotainment system with navigation and smartphone integration, 12.3-inch digital instruments, cruise control, parking sensors front and rear, reversing camera, and leather steering wheel.
Allure Premium trim tested adds keyless entry and start, and fabric panel trim. GT includes a drive assist pack with adaptive cruise control, sport pack, and LED headlights. Finally, GT Premium features a 360-degree camera, park assist, powered tailgate, Focal audio system, 19-inch alloys, and heated front seats.
PEUGEOT 3008 HYBRID: MODEL SUMMARY
I’ve racked up miles in the Peugeot 3008 previously, and the refreshed elements take nothing away from what is a very good family SUV. It excels in nothing - except perhaps style - but does a good job in terms of efficiency, space, kit, and driving experience; there are no real weaknesses. The Hybrid model only adds to the mix, and although it’s pricy to buy, the lower running costs will off-set that for many, particularly for company car drivers.
Model tested: Peugeot 3008 Hybrid Allure Premium
Body-style: Family SUV
Engine / CO2: 225hp petrol / 31 g/km
Trim grades: Allure, Allure Premium, GT, GT Premium
On-road price: 3008 Hybrid range from £36,010. Price as tested: £38,010
Warranty: Three years / unlimited mileage
In the showroom: Now
Review rating: 3.5 Stars