Peugeot 3008 Hybrid performance, engine & drive
Especially in 'Hybrid4' form, the 3008 is as fast as some sports cars, but the same can't be said for its handling
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The entry-level 3008 Hybrid 225 produces 222bhp from a single electric motor and 179bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, with all its power sent though the front wheels. Meanwhile, the range-topping 3008 Hybrid4 gets an additional electric motor, all-wheel-drive and 296bhp on tap, making it very fast as well as potentially very frugal.
Peugeot 3008 hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
There are a number of driving modes. In Sport, full power is unleashed, allowing for a 6.1-second 0-62mph time in the Hybrid4, or 8.9 seconds in the Hybrid 225. The eight-speed automatic gearbox isn't the smoothest transmission we've encountered, but this can still take off like a hot hatchback when you put your foot down. There's a good deal of vibration and noise when you do, but fortunately the engine is much quieter when driven more sedately.
You're likely to spend much more of your time in Electric or Hybrid mode. In the former, Peugeot says you should be able to keep going for nearly 40 miles on power from the car's 13.2kWh battery alone, without waking the engine. Doing this, the 3008 is extremely smooth, quiet and relaxing to drive – a sensation enhanced by good ride quality, even on the large 19-inch alloy wheels of higher-spec models.
In Hybrid mode, the 3008 behaves more like a Toyota or Honda hybrid, deciding itself whether to use electric or petrol power, or mix the two, in order to make progress as efficiently as possible. You can also hold on to battery charge until you want or need to use it – when you enter an urban area, for example.
The hybrid system’s battery adds weight: 340kg, to be exact, making the hybrid 3008 feel a lot less agile through corners than its purely petrol or diesel-engined counterparts. In practice, that means there's little inclination to use the prodigious performance we mentioned earlier, and therefore seemingly little reason to shell out the extra cash demanded for the Hybrid4. The standard Hybrid costs a good deal less in the same trim level and should be more than sufficient for most motorists.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe 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 & drive - currently readingEspecially 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