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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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Performance, engine & drive rating

4.0 out of 5

Model0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
Hybrid 2258.9s140mphFront222bhp
Hybrid4 3006.1s149mphFour296bhp

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.

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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.

Handling

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.

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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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