Peugeot 3008 Hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
The plug-in hybrid 3008 offers a decent fully electric range, as well as good fuel-economy and CO2 emissions numbers for the class
|Model||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|Hybrid 225||157-222mpg||31-32g/km||38-39 miles||1hr 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)|
|Hybrid4 300||166-235mpg||30-31g/km||39 miles||1hr 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)|
On paper, the 3008’s fuel-economy and CO2 emissions figures are highly impressive, whether you go for the two-wheel-drive 'Hybrid 225' model or the more powerful four-wheel-drive 'Hybrid4 300' variant. Curiously, the latter, more powerful car actually records slightly better numbers in official testing, although the difference is likely to be minimal to non-existent in real-world driving.
Peugeot 3008 hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
CO2 emissions sit at or just above the 30g/km mark and both versions of the 3008 hybrid come close to offering a 40-mile range on electric power alone. Those numbers put the car in the 12% Benefit-in-Kind tax band until at least April 2024, so it's significantly cheaper to run as a company car than petrol or diesel-fuelled equivalents.
As a private buyer, your decision is less clear-cut. In this case, the 3008 hybrid will only be worth forking out its higher list price for if you mainly do short urban journeys, making the most of that electric range. Regular long-distance motorway runs, or indeed any extended running once the battery has been depleted, will see economy no better than the cheaper petrol and diesel-engined versions of the 3008 will achieve. The three-figure numbers above should be treated as ‘best-case scenarios’ in ideal conditions, rather than something you’re going to see on every journey.
As we’ve just alluded to, in order to even get close to those headline fuel-economy figures, you need to charge up the 3008 regularly – most likely from a wallbox that can be installed when you buy the car. Doing so takes less than two hours, which makes it easy to fit around a busy lifestyle. Even if you stick with a three-pin socket, however, the Peugeot’s battery is small enough that topping it up fully shouldn’t take any longer than four hours. A smartphone app allows you to set charging times to take advantage of cheaper overnight electricity, while the climate control can be pre-set to reach a certain temperature before you get in the car.
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 & charging - currently readingThe 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