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Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 CAR review

By Tim Pollard


06 September 2011 08:00

Citroen have been Hybrid4 concepts for three now — and finally the wait is The new Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is — and we’ve driven it. UK start in November 2011.

is a significant car on numerous counts. the first series production hybrid on sale. It’s the time you or I have been to buy a PSA Hybrid4 vehicle.

And, if is to be believed, it may yet revolutionise the way hybrid are put together and sold.

Read on for first drive review of the new Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4.

Peugeot Hybrid4: a history

A quick recap on the PSA hybrid The French have long diesel, and there’s been oh la la and gnashing of teeth to be heard in the of Peugeot Citroen HQ as the world on to petrol-electric hybrids, many of fearsomely expensive, bespoke with knee-high emissions and price tags.

PSA, a lot of help from Bosch, has up with what it argues is a simpler system: Hybrid4. It an existing combustion-engined model step forward 3008 and bolts on a relatively low powered electrified rear axle. electronics control the interaction front engine and rear motor, with not a single link between the axles.

It that every model in Citroen’s range can theoretically be relatively cheaply, at a premium of £2500-£3500 over a regular petrol or diesel engine. PSA is the diesel first (because French/because of its inherent 30% mpg benefit), but hybrids will follow.

Does the Peugeot 3008 work well in practice?

impressions are good. This is a ‘normal’ hybrid car. are no glitzy controls to scare you no weird-looking body panels. next door neighbours be hard pushed to tell driving a clever-clogs sub-100g/km CO2 There’s just that doubt over a price tag of which seems at odds the 3008 Hybrid4’s populist

Cheaper hybrids will engineers assure us.

Step and where you’d normally the 3008’s Grip Control is a hybrid controller, letting you between ZEV for full electric (it’ll run as a RWD for up to three miles if the is full); Auto (where is done for you); 4wd (where axles are powered for better in slippery conditions); and Sport the automated manual six-speed clings onto gears for

Turn the key to start up and the silence is Progress is smooth, as we pull in Auto mode. Peugeot has the gearbox to use the electric motor’s to smoothe off gearchanges and progress is than in regular 3008’s the jumpy automated manual. forwards and you can indeed drive in EV up to around 30mph before the HDI diesel kicks in.

The transitions are and there’s no kangarooing to speak of.

like the cheap plastic though, and it’s hard to which mode you’re in as the has tiny lights. But initial impressions are good.

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What about at higher

The 3008 is no powerhouse; that rear electric motor is a the power of a Prius’s, remember. But got that stonking 2.0-litre HDI which rows the chunky 1660kg — 3008 along very nicely.

3008 traits remain: a driving position for good (bar some hefty storage spaces galore for duties, a plump ride, agile steering and a slightly parking brake. You won’t see a % indicator in a regular or garden though. It’s more

We tested it in 38deg C heat the air-con blasting away in urban conditions — speed 23mph — and diesel at a rate of 49mpg. say that’s quite impressive for a five-seater that can double up as a The 3008’s loadbay loses 15% of its space, but you’ve still got 420 stretching to 1501 if you drop the seats.

Just remember you need to the base car with 16in if you want the magical 99g/km CO2 At current tax rates, that’d you’d be exempt from road tax and London congestion for life. But the higher-spec Hybrid4 we tested had 17s and 104g/km.

Every counts nowadays.


We the Hybrid4’s plug-n-play nature. you can apply this tech to any car on the large or mid-sized PF2 or PF3 platforms in the Citroen empire is a neat trick. It’s a clever way of large numbers of cars and a plug-in version with ion batteries and a fourfold increase in ZEV is coming in 2014.

While we may to call a £27k hybrid it’s obvious PSA has elected to the Hybrid4 at the top of the 3008 range. it percolates down to smaller we’d wager it’ll more sense to more

Read the new October 2011 of CAR Magazine for a more detailed of the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

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