First Drive: Peugeot 3008 GT Hybrid4
Peugeot’s hybrid SUV combines practicality, all-wheel drive and predicted low running costs, reckons Martyn Collins.
SECTOR C-SUV PRICE £36,585-£46,735 FUEL 166.2-235.4mpg CO2 28-49g/km
Launched alongside the hybrid versions of the 508, that we’ve also driven, the 3008 hybrid is available in two- and four-wheel drive versions, although it’s the latter version that we got to drive here.
Outside, it looks like the standard, sharp looking 3008 SUV. Underneath, this 3008 gets more interesting with a 197hp, 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine at the front, which is combined with two 108hp electric motors on each axle, and combine to give an impressive 300hp, with 450Nm of torque. Yet, despite all this power, because of the electric motors and the 13.2 kWh battery, this 3008 can travel on electric power only for up to 36 miles, and has an impressive range of up to 235.4 mpg, with both the ranges worked out on the lastest WLTP testing cycle – with just 29g/km emissions.
There’s also going to be a 225hp, two-wheel drive version, with just 49g/km emissions on the WLTP cycle.
We’ll be getting to know this drivetrain well over the coming months, as sister PSA Group brands, Citroën with the C5 Aircross and Vauxhall with the Grandland X, will be launching similar hybrid models.
Inside, the interior is stylish and spacious and the only compromise over the standard 3008, is the loss of 125-litres of bootspace thanks to the battery. So 395 litres versus the 520 litres of the standard model.
On the road, with 300hp, performance is brisk, with smooth transitions between petrol and electric power. The four-wheel drive also gives useful grip and the handling is predictable – although you can feel the extra weight of the battery and motors in corners.
The only fly in the ointment is the price, which in GT 300 Hybrid 4 equals an eye-watering £46,735. Although the 225 Hybrid 4 in Allure trim is expected to be the best-seller, but that’s still a costly £36,585.
Almost as good to drive and practical as the standard 3008, this is the pick of the Peugeot plug-ins – it’s costly though.
Key Fleet Model: 3008 Hybrid 225 Allure
Strengths: Stylish inside and out, practical, good to drive
Weaknesses: Loss of bootspace, expensive
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