Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4


24 February 2020

NOW no-one would have put Olivia Newton John and John Travolta down as futurologists but their words, ‘It’s electrifying’ could have applied to today’s automotive industry.

This year is already shaping up to be a watershed in the industry as marque after marque unveils their range of  electrified cars.

 One of the first out of the blocks is Peugeot unveiling their 3008 hybrid4 plug-in but by 2023 their full range will be electrified in some form.

There are two reasons for this remarkable rise in EVs and hybrids. The first is the increasing public appetite for electric and electrified cars and the second is the CAFE regulations.

That stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy. Basically Europe is forcing car manufacturers to ensure their fleet meets stringent CO2 limits – if they don’t they will be fined, in some cases, billions of Euros.  It has focused minds accordingly.

The 3008 hybrid4 in GT form is a mid sized SUV with a 1.6-litre engine paired to 13.5kWh battery driving two electric motors, one at the rear and one at the front.

Together  they deliver a resounding 300PS which gives this all wheel drive plenty of push.

It comes with several modes to choose from – electric is ideal for driving in towns and cities especially as councils are becoming increasingly aggressive at driving down emissions.

But take the 3008 outside the city and  it can get to 84mph under pure electric power alone.

In hybrid mode petrol consumption is optimised and the car will alternate between electricity and conventional fuel.

In Sport mode, the electric power supplements the petrol and in off-road mode it uses both or it can be driven solely in electric mode if there is enough charge.

Braking and decelerating recuperates the charge while you drive and you can shift the automatic gear box to ‘B’ mode for more severe braking and therefore greater energy regeneration.

All of this results in a CO2 figure for the 3008 of just 29g/km which is impressive for a car of this stature with a top speed of 146mph.

We tested it on the roads  around Sitges experimenting with all the modes and it proved remarkably capable . It climbed narrow winding roads, was skilled over rocks and slippery shale and loved the motorway.

It underlined Peugeot’s philosophy that electrification does not mean less performance.

What it might mean is learning a new way of driving. For example, with the gear in B mode as soon as you take your foot off the gas, the car starts to markedly slow down, eventually coming to a stop, almost enabling one pedal driving.

And of course you can connect it to your phone and carry out various functions  remotely– like warning it up in winter.

It sounds different  but once you start driving electrified cars like the 3008 it all begins to come together  naturally and who knows  perhaps you’ll actually find that this car is the one that you want. Ooh, ooh oh.

 

FAST FACTS

Model: Peugeot 3008 hybrid4 GT (plug-in hybrid four wheel drive)

Engine: 1.6-litre petrol with 13.5kWh battery

Power: 300PS

Top speed: 146mph

0-62: 5.9seconds

Average mpg: 235.4 - 166.2

CO2: 29g/km

Warranty: Three years/60,000 milers

Price: £46,735