3008 Crossover HYbrid4 104g
electric 3008 HYbrid4
marks a new chapter in motoring
history and you can buy one
FUEL PRICES and potential road tax hikes in the next budget all make Peugeot's
'world first' diesel hybrid with its headline 70+mpg
something to cheer about.
While petrol engine-electric motor hybrids are not new, Peugeot's HYbrid4 is
because it partners a diesel unit with an electric motor.
Reasons for moving away from petrol include a diesel engine's better fuel economy,
lower CO2 emissions, less particulate emissions (due to their DPFS filter technology)
and more torque, which allows a lower powered electric motor and smaller battery
pack to be used with knock-on benefits for space and weight and, I suspect,
price. Peace of mind comes from the Hybrid4's five-year/60,000-mile warranty.
a projected take-up of 85% of 3008 HYbrid4 sales in the UK going to business
users, the low 10% Benefit-in-Kind tax rate is very attractive, as too is the
100% Write Down Allowance for companies, and the zero cost First Year road tax.
All 3008 HYbrid4 models
use a 163bhp 2.0-litre
HDI turbodiesel driving
the front wheels. This is
partnered with a 37bhp
electric motor which
drives the rear wheels as
and when required...
major plus is the 74.4mpg official Combined Cycle fuel economy for the 99g model.
For me, and for 65% of UK customers wanting a 3008 HYbrid4, this is the star
of the line-up.
All 3008 HYbrid4 models use a 163bhp 2.0-litre HDI turbodiesel driving the front
wheels. This is partnered with a 37bhp electric motor which drives the rear
wheels as and when required. The latest generation Stop & Start system is a
standard fitment on all versions, as too is Peugeot's six-speed electronically-controlled
automated manual gearbox.
The cheaper (£26,995) 99g model comes with a relatively high level of kit but
is fitted with 16-inch wheels and runs on low rolling resistance tyres
the good news is that not only does it cost less but, as a consequence of the
smaller wheels, it's also far more comfortable.
Thanks to its CO2 emissions falling below 100g/km, 99g owners living or commuting
into London are excused paying the Congestion Charge. As for economy, the 99g/km
version officially returns 74.3mpg in the Combined Cycle. Road tax is free and
company car users will only be hit for 10% BIK.
However, while it's all very well being a 'world first', does the HYbrid4 work
satisfactorily and efficiently and, more importantly, does it make financial
Actually, it does… on paper anyway. Performance from the torquey 221lb ft diesel
unit is good anyway, but when used as part of a hybrid it is further improved
by the 37bhp / 147lb ft electric motor.
Adding a four-wheel drive function and an electric power propulsion mode for
future zero emission city areas all boost the reasons to buy, as do the compelling
statistics for substantially reduced taxes.
these tax savings might lose their appeal with potential customers given the
overall higher (£26,995-£29,950) purchase price of the 3008 HYbrid4 it's
up to nearly £5,000 more expensive than a 2WD 2.0-litre diesel model with the
same EGC semi-auto 'box.
the relatively short range of around three miles (at best) that the vehicle
can travel using electric power only is not that impressive either.
Adding a four-wheel
drive function and an
electric power propulsion
mode for future zero
emission city areas all
boost the reasons to buy,
as do the compelling
Reviewed here is the midrange model priced at £28,495. Referred to as the '104g',
this version is expected to account for 35% of the 2,000+ annual 3008 HYbrid4
sales in the UK.
Driven over a mixture of open roads, winding country lanes, stop/start city
traffic and a little lightweight off-roading in the West Midland's Safari Park
where the Peugeot lion badge came face-to-face with the real thing
it returned an average of 44.4mpg.
This real-life mpg falls well below the official 70.6 a figure a non-hybrid
3008 diesel model can easily match. For example, I'm currently driving a 3008
1.6 e-HDI diesel with the micro-hybrid Stop & Start system and it's regularly
returning 46mpg and it costs significantly less to buy.
Of course, it's to be expected that the Hybrid4's additional 200kg weight penalty
(electric motor and battery pack) and the 4WD function are a big factor in these
lower-than-expected economy figures. However, the customer can still win because
the HYbrid4's low CO2 emissions earn it no-cost road tax and the lowest company
car tax rate.
So, choosing a HYbrid4 over any other 3008 Crossover/SUV is going to be a financial
balancing act although I suspect that being able to use a hybrid to show off
the private or company owner's 'green' credentials will be a major purchasing
reason, especially as it also offers 4WD.
Apart from the wheels and tyres, all 3008 HYbrid4s are technically identical.
HYbrid4 models do feature some bespoke, albeit minimal, styling changes including
a new two-bar grille and discreet HYbrid4 badging. The rear suspension is also
a more compact and sophisticated independent multilink set-up, essential to
make room for the electric motor, battery pack and electronic control unit.
In use, the diesel unit powers the front wheels only; the electric motor drives
only the rear wheels. There's no mechanical connection between the two power
systems whatsoever, just a high capacity electric cable connection.
versions use Peugeot's six-speed EGC electronic automated manual gearbox, which
has been criticised for its jerky shifts. That noted, with the additional torque
from the engine/electric motor combination, it works marginally more smoothly
in the HYbrid4.
is pretty good. Even the 99g 'entry' model comes with an electronic stability
programme, climate control air conditioning, cloth interior, automatic electronic
parking brake, front and rear power windows, rear parking sensors, cruise control,
power mirrors, auto headlights and wipers, alarm, 16-inch alloys, low rolling
resistance tyres and a rear spoiler.
With the two power
units working in
harmony, driving is
the turbodiesel engine
is strong and the electric
motor provides a linear
surge in power
The 104g model gains 17-inch wheels (although these tend to unsettle the car
over poorer road surfaces), Peugeot's Connect Media Navigation system and a
head-up display with distance alert, and an exterior lighting and visibility
HYbrid4 models have a load capacity of 354 litres (1,435 with the rear seats
folded). Non-hybrid 3008 models have more: 432 to 1,604 litres. The difference
is down to the space under the load floor needed by HYbrid4 models for their
electric power unit and batteries.
A centre console-mounted rotary dial allows drivers to select any one of four
driving modes. Select ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) and the electric motor only
powers the car, driving the rear wheels providing there's enough power
in the batteries; otherwise the diesel engine cuts in to top-up the batteries.
In theory, ZEV mode would be ideal for zero emission towns/city zones but using
the AirCon does severely limit the battery power-only driving range.
In 4WD both the diesel engine (driving the front wheels) and electric motor
(driving the rear wheels) boost traction by working in tandem. Sport sharpens
up the throttle response and quickens the gearshifts with the electric motors
providing extra torque. Most likely, most of the time, the driver will select
Auto and let the HYbrid4's electronic brain optimise performance and fuel economy.
With the two power units working in harmony, driving is impressive the
turbodiesel engine is strong and the electric motor provides a linear surge
in power and torque.
Against? Running on battery power alone, the 3008 has a very short driving range
and if the 17-inch wheels are chosen, the ride can be jittery. Disappointingly,
it also doesn't get close to the official mpg figures. Other niggles are the
very low towing weight (500kg) and the expensive price premium over conventional
Of one thing you can be sure while the 3008 HYbrid4 is the world's first
diesel-electric hybrid on the market; it will not be the last. Reasons to buy
Peugeot's HYbrid4 include the 'world first' use of diesel-electric hybrid power,
tax-friendly CO2 emissions (the First Year VED is zero and then just £20 per
year thereafter) and a nice delivery of power. David Miles
3008 Crossover HYbrid4 104g | £28,495
Maximum speed: 118mph | 0-62mph: 8.5 seconds | Overall test MPG:
Power: 163bhp | Torque: 221lb ft | CO2 104g/km