The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is a four-wheel drive plug-in hybrid SUV with 300hp of combined power from its petrol engine and electric powertrain, and 34-40 miles of electric range.
If you want to make the move to electric but can’t find a fully-electric family-sized SUV then the plug-in hybrid Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 may offer a half-way house that could deliver 34-40 miles of electric range.
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 has a 4-cylinder, 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to an electric powertrain powered by a 13.2kWh battery, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
The 3008 offers decent space for a family, with a good-sized boot. The exterior design still looks stylish, as does the interior, even though this 3008 model has been around for a while now, and the newer 2008 looks more striking.
The 3008 Hybrid4 – along with other Peugeot models – has the “i-Cockpit” interior, the highlight of which is a small steering wheel, and you look over the top of the steering wheel to see the instrument display.
The small steering wheel does contribute to a feeling of fun when negotiating corners, helping to set the 3008 aside from some rivals. The 300hp of system power also provides another unique selling point.
Ride quality is good on smooth roads, but the extra weight of the electric powertrain components (resulting in a total kerb weight of 1,840kg) means that the ride can suffer on some poor road surfaces, and the suspension feels firm when negotiating speed bumps. It’s a similar story with the handling: the chassis gives the 3008 the potential to go round corners well, but the extra weight impacts on its agility.
The gear selector gives you the option of D or B (increased brake regeneration), and there are steering wheel-mounted paddles for changing gear.
You can choose from drive modes of Electric (using the electric motor, which powers the rear axle), Hybrid (which swaps between petrol and electric), Sport (which fires up the petrol engine, powering the front wheels) and 4WD. As with most plug-in hybrids, the best driving experience is when using electric power, when the 3008 is quiet, refined and responsive (and it can drive on electric power up to 84mph). In contrast, the petrol engine means revs, and so more noise.
At the left of the centre console there’s a small button with a lightning strike (which could be easily missed). Pressing this allows you to save the battery charge – with options of 6, 12 or ‘max’ miles.
The dashboard design is interesting, and it generally works well, but there is the issue of lots of controls being on the touchscreen, including those for heating and ventilation, so you always have to go into the touchscreen to adjust the cabin temperature, which involves lots of (slow) button pressing – a good old-fashioned rotary dial would be much easier and quicker. A home button/screen would also be helpful.
The official WLTP combined fuel economy for the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is 235.4 – 166.2 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 31 g/km, and it has an electric range of 34-40 miles. During our week with the car we averaged 31-33 miles of electric range, and 70.5mpg.
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 only comes as standard with a 3.7Kw on-board charger, but our test car had the option of a 7.4kw charger, which makes charging at 7.4kw home charge points much faster.
The Peugeot 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4 (4WD) 300 EAT8 S&S costs £46,750. Our test car had the options of pearlescent paint (£575), 7.4kw on board charger (£300) and 230v socket (£120), taking the total cost of our test car to £47,745 – which is quite a lot for what is effectively a family hatchback in an SUV body style.
The 3008 Hybrid4 has a low Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability of just 6% for 2020/21.
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is a spacious family SUV that offers 34-40 miles of electric range as well as 300hp of combined power and four-wheel drive. It’s also fun to drive, helped by the small steering wheel, as well as looking stylish inside and out. So overall it’s a fairly compelling proposition, however it comes at a price: £46,750 to be precise, although Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 leasing deals will make this more affordable. Overall the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 gains a Green Car Guide rating of 8 out of 10. However, our standard advice about plug-in hybrids applies: plug-in hybrids are designed to be used primarily on electric power, with occasional longer journeys. By driving the 3008 Hybrid4 primarily on electric power you could average over 100mpg, but if you use a plug-in hybrid such as this for regular long journeys without charging then you’re likely to see around 30mpg.