3008 Allure e-HDi EGC
It certainly sounds
very futuristic. But in todays
world, is Peugeots e-HDi micro-
hybrid 3008 significantly more fuel
efficient? The answer, it seems, is
all in the gears...
A CROSSOVER, the 3008 is part-family hatch, part-SUV and part-people carrier
and seats a traditional five more than enough for most customers'
Prices range from £17,195 to £23,995 and should you prefer to have superior
traction there's the option (£470) of Grip Control Peugeot's clever electronic
differential which alters the torque split and driveshaft speed between the
front wheels to obtain maximum traction on a variety of surfaces including snow
and sand. 3008 HYbrid4 models (£26,995 to £28,495) have four-wheel
drive as standard.
Sitting between Peugeot's popular 1.6-litre petrol engines and the 2.0-litre
diesel and diesel/hybrid power units this e-HDi model is, I believe, the best
choice for the 3008. It uses a 112bhp 1.6 turbodiesel and its fast-acting stop/start
system makes use of a micro-hybrid starter motor/alternator.
is to the front wheels through PSA's EGC six-speed electronic automated transmission,
which is a tad ponderous and not very smooth in operation. The EGC's 'brain'
controls the optimum gearchange points for the speed of the engine and helps
maximise CO2 emissions and fuel economy.
1.6 e-HDi micro-
hybrid returns, officially,
57.6mpg in the
Combined Cycle a
week behind the wheel
covering all types of
driving saw 46.2mpg
the trip computer...
Modern twin-clutch electronic auto boxes perform the same gear-shifting functions
but better, faster and smoother, so PSA Peugeot-Citroen needs a rethink because
its EGC system is likely harming sales.
The 1.6 e-HDi micro-hybrid returns, officially, 57.6mpg in the Combined Cycle
a week behind the wheel covering all types of driving saw 46.2mpg recorded
on the trip computer.
Tailpipe emissions with the top-trim Allure are 127g/km higher than the
entry-level Access version's (122g/km) because of the Allure's larger 18-inch
wheels, supplied in place of the Access's 17-inch items with energy saver tyres.
That noted, both versions pay no road tax in the first year and then £100 per
annum thereafter. Benefit-in-Kind tax is 19% for the Allure versus 18% the Access
model. The Allure costs £22,545; the Access £19,845 both significantly
less than the diesel/hybrid 3008 HYbrid4 models priced at £26,995 (99g/km) and
The range-topping Allure specification is totally comprehensive but if your
budget demands it there are lesser levels: Access, Active and SR. Go for the
Allure, though, and you'll find it has just about everything including Peugeot's
very good head-up display system and a full panoramic glass roof.
The only item of specification which didn't work for me was the large 18-inch
alloy wheels which, as usual, compromise the ride quality even though the 3008
is inherently a comfortable, well made, five-seater car with a classy interior.
The rear passenger legroom isn't the best in this crossover sector but by no
means is it small enough to put me off buying one. The clever split rear tailgate
gives easy access to a large boot area. Boot space of 432 litres is available
with the rear seats in use; with the rear seats folded flat the volume goes
up to an excellent 1,604 litres impressive in a vehicle of just 4.3 metres
of the reasons the 3008 is so popular is because of the load space it provides,
whether used for work or leisure, or for the less able who need to carry something
like a wheelchair. These users will also appreciate the EGC automated clutchless
One of the reasons the 3008 is so popular is
because of the load space it provides, whether used for work or leisure,
or for the less able who need to carry something like a wheelchair.
These users will also appreciate the EGC automated clutchless gearbox...
But the core point of this test is the 1.6 turbodiesel engine and its micro-hybrid
e-HDi system. With 112bhp and 199lb ft of torque available from 1,750rpm, the
four-cylinder unit is a willing worker although the standard-fit but not-so-slick
EGC electronic automated transmission does this Peugeot no favours.
The micro-hybrid stop/start system, however, is commendably fast in operation
and not at all intrusive for the driver. You stop; the engine stops. You go
to move and the engine eagerly spins back to life, so there's no worries about
being left at the traffic lights or teetering out from a side road into faster
moving traffic. It's relaxing to use and impressed me.
No so quick off the mark is the six-speed EGC system, which gives zero to 62mph
acceleration in a tardy 14 seconds although at 110mph the top speed is legally
So, does the e-HDi system save on fuel? Well, the same 1.6-litre turbodiesel
with a manual gearbox but without the micro-hybrid stop/start function officially
returns 55.4mpg in the combined cycle and costs £750 less to buy. The 1.6 e-HDi
version with the EGC transmission and micro-hybrid stop/start does 57.6mpg
officially; but as I commented earlier, on real roads my test car returned 46.2mpg.
Against? Falls short of the official fuel consumption figure, outdated and sluggish
EGC automated transmission and, due to the larger wheels, firm and compromised
ride comfort. On the plus side you get low motoring taxes, a fast-reacting stop/start
system and a classy, well equipped crossover with lots of load space.
I have to conclude that these new micro-hybrid sales features look good on paper
but in real life do not offer significant enough gains in fuel economy over
the latest conventional diesel engines. Nonetheless, a saving is made because
of the lower CO2 emissions which in turn determine road and company car taxes.
Generally, though, the cars cost more to buy so it requires careful planning
to find the model option to best suit your personal motoring budget.
3008 Allure e-HDi EGC | £22,545
Maximum speed: 110mph | 0-62mph: 14 seconds | Overall test MPG: 46.2mpg
Power: 112bhp | Torque: 199lb ft | CO2 127g/km