By Matt Robinson
If you’re looking to make the switch to a car with electric power onboard, and yet you’re not quite ready to abandon internal combustion entirely, then a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) offers the best of both worlds. And one of the finest examples of a PHEV on the market right now is the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid – an attractive crossover-SUV with a top-quality cabin that’ll do all the family duties with ease, while it will also offer low running costs and up to 40 miles of zero-emissions running. Here’s a rundown on this fabulous French PHEV.
Is There Only One Peugeot 3008 Hybrid To Choose?
No, Peugeot actually offers 2 derivatives of its 3008 PHEV. The first is the Hybrid 225. This teams a 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 180hp and 300Nm on its own, to an 80kW (109hp) front-mounted electric motor and 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery (10.4kWh usable). Drive goes to the front wheels only through an e-EAT8 automatic 8-speed transmission, and the petrol-electric system’s maximum outputs in this configuration are 225hp (hence the ‘Hybrid 225’ name) and 360Nm.
If you fancy a few more driven wheels and extra power, though, then the 3008 Hybrid4 300 will satisfy your needs. This ups the power rating of the 1.6-litre petrol to 200hp (but torque remains the same at 300Nm), while retaining the 80kW front electric motor plus the 13.2kWh battery pack and the e-EAT8 gearbox, but it then also adds a secondary 83kW (113hp) rear-mounted e-motor to the mix. This gives the Hybrid4 all-wheel drive, as well as combined outputs of 300hp and a huge 520Nm.
What Are The Performance And Eco-Figures Like For These 3008 Hybrids?
The Hybrid 225 will run from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds and tops out at a system maximum of 140mph, although the Peugeot will go up to 84mph on electric power alone. The company claims the 3008 Hybrid 225 will manage between 157.2- and 222.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 31-32g/km, depending on the spec you choose. The EV range of the 225 is also stated as 39 miles.
The Hybrid4 300 turns in even better data, with a 6.1-second 0-62mph time and a hybrid-system top speed of 149mph (it is limited to the same 84mph in EV mode, which also means the 3008 Hybrid4 300 is only AWD at speeds below 84mph), paired to fuel economy of 166.2-235.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 30g/km across all specifications. Furthermore, Peugeot says the GT variant can go up to 40 miles on a full charge of its lithium-ion battery.
What Are The Peugeot 3008 Hybrids’ Charging Times?
On a Type 2 Mode 3 AC charging cable, using the standard 3.7kW onboard charger (OBC) that is fitted to both PHEV models of the 3008, you’ll be looking at 3 hours 45 minutes for a 0-100% charge. There is an option, however, to uprate the OBC to 7.4kW, in which case plugging into your home wallbox will see the battery fully replenished from empty in just 1hr 45 minutes. If you use a domestic 3-pin plug socket to charge the Peugeot, which usually runs at 2.3kW, you’ll be looking at getting on for 5 hours for a full charge.
What Are The Trim Levels Available For The 3008 Hybrids?
The Hybrid 225 is available in Allure, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium specifications. The more powerful Hybrid4 300 is offered in the last 3 of these, but not in the lower Allure grade.
Every Peugeot 3008 comes with a generous standard equipment list, including cruise control with a speed limiter, dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, keyless start, the Peugeot i-Cockpit human-machine interface (12.3-inch head-up digital instrument cluster and 8-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment), automatic lights and wipers, privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint (Celebes Blue), Eco-LED headlights, LEDs for the daytime running lights, indicators and rear clusters, interior ambient lighting, fabric seat upholstery and satin-chrome interior detailing. Advanced driver assist safety systems (ADAS) at basic levels also include Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist with road-edge detection, advanced emergency braking system with camera (V-AEB) and Front Collision Warning.
To this, the Allure specification adds a 180-degree colour reversing camera, electric-folding functionality to the door mirrors with LED puddle lights, and Mirror Screen for the infotainment (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), as well as a larger 10-inch display for the touchscreen, Peugeot Connected 3D Navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror in the cabin, half-leather upholstery for the seats, LED interior lighting, and an enhanced ADAS suite including Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS3) with a video camera and radar, plus Driver Attention Alert and High Beam Assist.
Allure Premium takes the Allure specification and further builds upon it with keyless entry to bolster the keyless start function, as well as a folding front passenger seat and the addition of aluminium roof rails on the exterior of the vehicle.
For the sporty-looking GT versions of the 3008 Hybrid models, there’s a desirable kit list which includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, Alcantara trim on the dashboard and door cards, a perforated leather GT steering wheel, cloth-and-leather-effect upholstery, 2 Type-A USB sockets in the rear of the passenger compartment, 18-inch gloss-black alloy wheels, a Black Diamond contrast roof, twin-exit exhausts, full LED headlights with static corner lighting, and another ADAS item in the form of Lane Positioning Assist.
GT Premium is the top specification for any Peugeot 3008 and it is loaded with toys. These include front and rear parking sensors with a 360-degree camera system, Park Assist (automated parallel and bay parking assistance), Alcantara-and-leather-effect seat trim, 19-inch matte Onyx Black alloy wheels and a 10-speaker (including subwoofer), 515-watt, 12-channel-amp Focal premium hi-fi sound system.
What Are The 3008 Hybrids Like To Drive?
As every standard drivetrain offered in the Peugeot 3008 range delivers 131hp (whether a 1.2-litre petrol or a 1.5-litre diesel), the Hybrid models are considerably faster than any other version of the French crossover. The 225 would be more than enough performance for most, feeling quick off the line and strong in the midrange, while also offering a smooth, comfortable drive and a slick 8-speed transmission. It’s a family SUV that’s good in all departments, really – whisper-quiet and refined in town, sharp-handling and fun on country lanes, and then assured, composed and steadfast when on motorways and faster A-roads.
However, the Hybrid4 300 is almost like a hot hatch on stilts. It feels every bit as quick as its 6.1-second 0-62mph time and near-150mph top speed would suggest, with real urgency from the petrol-electric drivetrain when you want it. Weighing in 80kg heavier than the 225, thanks to its extra motor, the 1840kg Hybrid4 300 is a fairly hefty vehicle but, thankfully, it never feels it in the corners. And it boasts all the low-speed comfort and ease-of-use that the Hybrid 225 model provides. In short, few PHEV family SUVs drive as well as these 2 Peugeot 3008s.
Is There Anything Else I Should Know?
A slight sacrifice is required in terms of practicality with the 3008 Hybrids, as they have smaller boots and fuel tanks than the regular petrol and diesel models of Peugeot’s excellent crossover. Whereas all models in the internal-combustion range have a 520-litre boot with all 5 seats in use, rising to 1482 litres with the second row folded away, the Hybrid and Hybrid4 versions make do with 395 and 1357 litres respectively, plus they cannot have a 2-stage boot floor either.
This is due to the placement of the hybrid running gear and battery packs at the rear of the 3008, which also sees these PHEVs’ fuel tanks cut by 10 litres to 43 litres overall. However, a 395-litre boot is still incredibly competitive by class standards and more than big enough to hold the associated paraphernalia of family life. Meanwhile, the electric part of the drivetrain gives these Hybrid 3008s just as much overall driving range as a petrol or diesel model.
Are There Any Offers With Vanarama On The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid/Hybrid4?
Yes, at the time of writing we’re offering 1 year’s free insurance with the excellent Peugeot 3008 Hybrid 225 in high-ranking GT specification. That deal starts at around £383pcm. We also offer great lease rates on other trim grades of the 225, as well as all 3 specifications of the potent Hybrid4 300 – with all our deals standing at less than £500pcm, save for the flagship GT Premium version, which comes in at £501pcm at time of writing (subject to the lease deal terms chosen).