Wednesday, 1 May 2013
REVIEW - Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4
Looks - 8/10
What you will notice from the pictures dotted around this review, is that the Peugeot 3008 can be seen as
Moving inside things become extremely impressive. The quality of the interior is faultless. There are gadgets everywhere, from the heads up display to the folding sat-nav screen. The usual buttons are replaced with cool-looking switches. The whole arrangement of Hybrid4 switchgear- from the small gear stick to the drive mode selector- is rather suave and adds a quality touch. My test car featured full leather seats and a gigantic panoramic roof which really lets light into the cabin. Another nice feature were the retractable sun-blinds in the back; perfect for when you have the kids in the car.
Handling/Performance - 8/10
The Hybrid4 technology means a 2.0-litre diesel engine up front and a large electric motor in the back. Combined power output is 200PS and 500Nm, which is plenty. Coupled to the automated-manual gearbox you can hit 62mph from a standstill in 8.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 118mph. The power delivery is strange with these hybrids though. Partly this is down to the automated manual gearbox which can be hesitant at times, and also down the the constantly changing drive when 'auto' mode is selected. One minute you will be on the engine's power then all of a sudden the electric motor will step in. What I found was that you couldn't pull away from a junction in a hurry because it tried to use the battery at first. Fear not though, because there is a sport mode, and paddle-shift gears, which help to address these issues.
The handling is also affected by the hybrid technology. By having a heavy electric motor in the back, you can get some odd handling characteristics. Over bumpy roads the ride can be harsh, and through corners the car feels unbalanced. It doesn't lean like you would expect a tall car like this to, but you can sense the large weight in the back. However, that's it for the grumbles, because the 3008 has some great characteristics. The steering is nicely weighted, for example. You can select 4WD mode to give you that extra grip and capability when the conditions worsen. On the motorway the ride is smooth and comfortable, and driving the 3008 over a long distance is relaxing.
Economy - 10/10
As you would expect, the 3008 Hybrid4 scores well in the economy department. Frankly, this is essential when buying a car like this, and the 3008 will undoubtedly beat your expectations. Thanks to the electric motor, emissions are a mere 99g/km CO2. This means that the large family car is in VED band A, and is therefore free to tax each year. Furthermore, the Hybrid4 offers combined economy of 74.3mpg which means you can go further on your fuel. There is a full electric mode whereby the 3008 becomes a zero-emissions vehicle, and you can coast silently through the local village.
Practicality - 10/10
Another plus point with a car like the 3008 is the practical aspects for a family. You have a vast cabin which could seat 5 adults comfortably, and so chucking the kids in the back is no problem at all. The split-folding tailgate I mentioned earlier is fantastic. It makes loading and unloading effortless, and can be used as a handy little bench while the kids play. There is also enough technology in the 3008 to put Curry's out of business. With cruise control, bluetooth, iPod connectivity, heated seats, parking sensors, sat-nav and a heads-up display as standard, you really shouldn't run into any trouble with your 3008.
Fun - 7/10
With all the technology crammed into the car, it is good fun on any drive. It's also fun to play around with the different drive modes. Driving round in electric mode often turns heads of passers by, as you silently pass them with an ever so slight 'whoosh'. Where the element of fun lacks is the actual drive. The 3008 doesn't ever leave you wanting to drive it for no reason. It doesn't make you want to drop the kids off and then find a fun route home. What makes the 3008 fun is how it brings the family together, and can offer something for everyone.
I really like the hybrid technology found in the 3008 Hhybrid4. There are some drawbacks, but the benefits outweigh them and the resulting car is an impressive demonstration of the capabilities of Peugeot's engineers. For a family car you couldn't ask for much more than you would find here, and if you want that feel-good factor of a green car, then the hybrid will impress you as well. For more information, visit the Peugeot website or pop in to a local dealer.
Total Score - 43/50