Wednesday, 1 May 2013

REVIEW - Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

The crossover market is a large one, and many people are turning to these cars for the family runaround. Green cars are on the rise too, with people opting for more economical models in these troubling times. So what about if you combine the two; a cross between a crossover and a hybrid. Well the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is just that. But is it any good? Well I decided to test one and find out, so read on and see what I thought.

Looks - 8/10

What you will notice from the pictures dotted around this review, is that the Peugeot 3008 can be seen as
marmite when it comes to styling. It is a bit odd looking, and will not be to everybody's taste. The strangest thing is, I can't quite put my finger on what it is that makes it strange - it just is. The front end styling is as you would expect from a crossover, and there are some rather interesting lines featured. At the side the 3008 just looks tall, and lacks a bit of sleekness. At the back there is a split-folding tailgate which is a nice feature and is a different approach to other cars in the class.


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.

Concluding Remarks

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




5 comments:

  1. Hi Dan, thinking of getting one of these but the comment about struggling to pull away in a hurry sounded worrying. Did you manually have to change up or put it into sport each time to avoid it. Thanks for the useful review!

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    1. Hi Neil,

      Thanks for your comment. Glad you found the review useful and I can understand your concern.

      The issue is basically because in 'Auto' mode the hybrid system tries to maximise economy, and so turns off the engine whenever possible. When pulling away at junctions, it uses the electric motor primarily, with the engine starting up again if necessary.

      As you can imagine there is a slight delay whilst the engine kicks in, and this results in a sort of lagging effect before the car accelerates with more urgency. Generally this isn't an issue, except when you're trying to meet a gap at a junction or a roundabout.

      In 'Sport' or '4WD' modes this problem is non existent, and in manual mode is less noticeable. What I would suggest is to go out and try one for yourself. You'll see what I'm getting at and can make a more informed decision.

      If I can be of any more help do let me know.

      Cheers,
      Dan

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    2. Also worth mentioning that switching driving modes is effortless and I found myself switching from time to suit the conditions, which is a great feature to have.

      Dan

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  2. Hi, Dan! I heard so many things about Peugeot and seriously, you made it more beautiful in this review. These past few months, I've been checking out some hybrid vehicles, thinking they would actually help me save up money from all the fuel hike we're having in the US.

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    1. Hi Ted,

      Glad you found the review useful. How bad are the fuel prices getting over there? I know they've been creeping up here to say the least!

      You'll get out of a hybrid what you put into it. Drive well and you'll get really low running costs and save money on fuel. Drive hard and they're no more economical than a normal car. I managed to get my consumption to around 50mpg on test, which is a bit off the Peugeot claim of 74, but then my journeys are rather hilly.

      What else have you been looking at?

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Dan

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