WHAT IS IT?
Peugeot’s first foray into the hybrid market, but with a distinctly French twist. This 3008 mates a 37bhp electric motor, which powers the rear wheels, to a 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel unit, which powers the front wheels, to create a totally unique 4×4. Highlights are 99g/km and 74mpg.
WHAT’S UNDER THE BONNET?
Some complicated technology. Really it’s what’s under the chassis that’s more important. The electric motor is a module that’s attached to the rear wheels, and a traditional diesel lump is up front. They can work independently, or both together. Performance isn’t really that important but it’ll still hit 60mph in 8.9s and on to 118mph.
There are two models available – HYbrid4 99g and a 104g. The increase is down to bigger wheels and a panoramic sunroof on the latter. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, alarm, climate control, rear parking aid and 16-inch alloys.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Interesting. Our biggest gripe is the fact that the air con stops blowing cold when in electric mode. It gets very sweaty.
WHAT DO THE PRESS THINK OF IT?
The Daily Telegraph said it is ‘more fun to drive than it has a right to be, on the road and off it’, but concluded that ‘the expensive price makes it uneconomical without additional government incentives’.
WHAT DO WE THINK OF IT?
The low CO2 and fuel consumption is a big draw. The technology is a welcome addition to the hybrid world and its application on other models is exciting.