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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

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid
Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Fast and powerful
  • Very low company-car tax
  • Looks great inside and out

Cons

  • Feels quite heavy
  • Reduced boot space
  • Claimed economy tough to match
ModelElectric rangeFuel economyCO2 emissions
Hybrid 22538-39 miles157-222mpg31-32g/km
Hybrid4 30039 miles166-235mpg30-31g/km

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.

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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…

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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