Peugeot 3008 Hybrid review
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid is both fast and cheap to run, but it's expensive to buy, feels heavy and loses some of the non-hybrid versions' practicality
- Fast and powerful
- Very low company-car tax
- Looks great inside and out
- Feels quite heavy
- Reduced boot space
- Claimed economy tough to match
One of many plug-in hybrid family SUVs to hit the market in recent years, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid promises style, practicality and ultra-low running costs – particularly for company-car drivers. Peugeot is part of the Stellantis Group, so the 3008 shares technology under the metal with stablemates the Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid, Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid and recently facelifted DS 7 E-TENSE. Rivals from other manufacturers include the Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, plus Kia Sportage PHEV and Hyundai Tucson Plug-In.
The 3008 as introduced in 2016 boasted handsome looks, and that’s still the case after a refresh that debuted in 2020. Only a few subtle badges mark the hybrid versions out from their petrol and diesel brethren, but there are greater differences under the metal, where you get a choice of two petrol-electric powertrains: the front-wheel-drive, 222bhp ‘Hybrid 225’ or the more expensive, four-wheel-drive, 296bhp ‘Hybrid4 300’.
Both are pretty fast as far as family SUVs go, although the 300 model’s prodigious power output feels a bit superfluous, as the 3008 doesn’t have the chassis to make the most of it. It’s also a fair whack more expensive than the 225, so the latter will probably be the best choice for most buyers. In either case, there’s a choice of three different trim levels and the promise of very impressive CO2 emissions and fuel-economy numbers if you can plug the car in overnight and start each day with a full battery.
Whether you choose the Hybrid 225 or Hybrid4 300, you get the same generous standard kit, head-turning exterior styling, high-tech dashboard and comfortable interior the 3008 has become known for since launch. You just have to be sure you can live with some minor practicality sacrifices, and remember that those scintillating on-paper performance figures don't necessarily translate to a thrilling driving experience. For more on the 3008 hybrid, read on for the rest of our in-depth review…
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Peugeot 3008 Hybrid is both fast and cheap to run, but it's expensive to buy, feels heavy and loses some of the non-hybrid versions' practicality
- 2Range, MPG, CO2, battery & chargingThe plug-in hybrid 3008 offers a decent fully electric range, as well as good fuel-economy and CO2 emissions numbers for the class
- 3Running costs & insuranceCompany-car drivers are the big winners here, but private buyers covering shorter mileages can save a lot with the 3008 plug-in, too
- 4Performance, engine & driveEspecially in 'Hybrid4' form, the 3008 is as fast as some sports cars, but the same can't be said for its handling
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortOccupants of the 3008 hybrid enjoy great interior design and a well finished, comfortable cabin
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalitySome fuel-tank capacity and boot space have had to be sacrificed to accommodate the 3008 plug-in’s batteries
- 7Reliability & safety ratingAn extensive suite of safety technology, good crash-test scores and solid owner-satisfaction reports bode well for the 3008 plug-in here