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Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid review: what is the EV-only range, how much does it cost and is it good to drive?

We see how the lower-power version of Peugeot’s PHEV SUV performs in the real world

From a clunky MPV origin in the mid-1990s, the Peugeot 3008 has been reborn in recent years as a sharp-edged and stylish small SUV, which has been revived along with the wider Peugeot range for a more competitive market.

The engine range includes a 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre Blue HDi diesel, and now two plug-in hybrid versions based on the 1.6-litre PureTech petrol engine. The Hybrid4 is the more powerful of the two, with a second electric motor driving the rear wheels and an additional 74 horsepower, while the front-wheel-drive Hybrid has a combined output of 222 horsepower, sacrificing one mile of maximum EV range.

3008 Hybrid engine, performance and driving

In EV-only mode, automatically engaged at low speed, the 3008 is smooth and quiet and the transition between electric and internal combustion is seamless when this happens, perceptible only by a little vibration from the pedals and a whiff of noise from under the hood. At higher speeds, however, the petrol engine sounds like it’s hard at work and forms an otherwise quite refined experience.

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Throttle response is somewhat sluggish, as there’s available north of 200 horsepower, and that’s true from a stationary start or while accelerating. Nothing goes to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, but at 1.8 tonnes curb weight, the less powerful of the two plug-ins feels far from cheerful.

The listed range for electric-only vehicles is between 32 and 39 miles, which would be enough for many to handle the daily commute without touching the tank. We were on course for the lower end of that estimate during our test, but a cautious driver might be able to land somewhere in the middle with a suitably flat route and a clear run.

Whether it’s the extra weight of the batteries or just the suspension, there’s a slight body lean that’s almost reminiscent of the SUVs of yesteryear when driving on twisty roads. However, the electric power steering is light and responsive, and the 3008 is more agile when maneuvering at low speed. Visibility from the cab is excellent horizontally, but the stubby engine compartment made it difficult for me to see the front of the car.

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid interior, equipment, and comfort

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Peugeot’s cockpit dashboard design means a digital instrument panel and a low-mounted, small-diameter steering wheel that feels a bit odd at first, but is actually quite comfortable once you get used to it.

Our test car was configured in Allure Premium trim, second from the bottom in the model hierarchy, above Allure, and below GT and GT Premium. Despite coming from the more modest part of the range, the interior is one of the highlights of the car. The dimensions are generous and there is ample headroom front and rear, the fabric door, and dashboard inserts give the car a premium feel – think of a high-end sofa – and blue LED mood lighting in the interior gives it a futuristic feel.

The list of standard equipment, including in the mid-sized car, is long and the Safety Plus Pack and Visibility Pack come standard with Allure Premium cars. In terms of entertainment, the dashboard is dominated by the 10-inch high-definition touchscreen with the full range of modern audio options, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. For your own devices, there is a USB socket and three 12-volt sockets, two in the cabin and one in the luggage compartment.

Optional extras on our test car included a black diamond roof and door mirrors – features you’ll love the look of or consider pointless for £300 – Drive Assist Plus package for £600, hands-free tailgate for £400 and a £120 smartphone charging plate which I was unable to test due to my modest iPhone.

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verdict
Plug-in Hybrids are an attractive option for many buyers who aren’t ready to take the plunge with a full-fledged EV and the 3008 Hybrid is a stylish, comfortable, and practical example of the breed. It’s not extremely sporty or a lot of fun to drive, but it doesn’t especially lean in the other direction either. Prospective buyers will be more convinced by the 3008 Hybrid’s good looks, comfort, and equipment list than by its driving dynamics.

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid Allure Premium

Price: £38,010 (£39,430 as tested); Engine: 1.6-litre petrol/electric hybrid; Power: 222bhp; Torque: 266b ft; Transmission: Eight-speed automatic; Top speed: 140mph; 62pmh: 8.9 seconds; CO2 missions: 31 g/km; Electric range: 32-39 miles