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First Drive: Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

Peugeot
BIK List Price
£26,545
Peugeot 3008 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
10%
Peugeot 3008 BIK Percent
CO2
99g/km
Peugeot 3008 CO2
Combined MPG
74.3
Peugeot 3008 MPG

Review

Peugeot has only a few months to cash in on a rare marketing opportunity sparked by innovative engineering.

Officials believe competitors are well under way with development programmes for a string of products to rival the 3008 Hybrid4 – the world’s first full diesel-electric passenger vehicle.

Bristling with high-tech gadgetry blending zingy performance with 4x4 capability, 70-plus mpg economy and zero-emissions travel, the new model is a trendsetting, all-purpose crossover that drives the brand to a unique position in the showrooms – for the time being...

“Opportunities like this don’t come along very often and we’re in the great situation of being able to offer breakthrough technology that ticks all the boxes when it comes to combining dynamic performance with eco motoring in a package that is practical and spacious. But we are well aware that our advantage can’t last much longer than 12 months.

“It’s up to us to make the most of it and believe me, we will. This is a car that should appeal in the corporate sector and to user-chooser drivers in particular and we expect business drivers to account for 70 per cent of the 2,500 registrations we hope it will achieve next year,” Peugeot UK spokesman Steve Fahey told Fleet News.

Peugeot’s car with no compromises carries a £3,000 premium over its non-hybrid equivalent, the 3008 Exclusive HDi 163 Auto. But Fahey claims that over three years and 60,000 miles, lower bills for fuel and benefit tax, the absence of VED and an anticipated three per cent improvement in residual value will not only cover the premium but leave drivers better off by at least as much again.

“Clearly, we have a strong case on the environmental issue but ownership costs also form a vital element for fleets. We think buyers will see the Hybrid4 as a good proposition as well as having status, technology and delivering a refined drive,” he said.

With 200bhp on tap, the car is as convincing on the road as it is on paper as it combines its front HDi engine and rear electric motor to accelerate with vigour, overtake with ease and cruise in near silence at motorway speeds.

Though its 57-litre fuel tank is relatively small, it has a theoretical range of 900 miles and Peugeot claims an efficient recuperation system provides around 150 miles of ‘free’ electric power over 550 miles in average driving conditions.

A centre console knob allows selection of four driving modes – auto, zero emission, four wheel drive or sport – and steering wheel paddle switches allow manual selection of the automated six-speed gearbox.

Gear changes are abrupt in sport mode but silky smooth in the default auto setting, which copes well with most situations, leaving electronics to manage a silent stop start system, zero-emission driving and all-round traction when required. Dashboard monitors are available to track power use and regeneration.

According to Peugeot-Citroen hybrid programme director Vincent Basso, a simplified modular hybrid arrangement will allow PSA to field a wide range of super-eco models and the technology will be available on two additional 508 versions by next summer.

“We plan to build 35,000 hybrid cars next year and if we can double output, we could reduce the cost of this technology by 20 per cent,” he said.

Author: Maurice Glover

Fuel costs
Combined economy of over 70mpg is remar4kable for such a large and practical car
CO2 emissions
A Band rating means savings of £645 over three years compared with the regular Exclusive 163 Auto version.
Residual values
Forecasters are predicting the Hybrid4 will benefit from a three per cent lift in value after three years and 60,000 miles.
Driver appeal
Seamless power from diesel and electric motors provides brisk performance and good road manners come with supple ride characteristics to make this a relaxed, comfortable car over long distances.
FN Verdict
Peugeot has put the benefits of hindsight to good use to come up with modular technology that raises the bar in hybrid transport. The result cleverly packages four cars into one to drive the Hybrid4 into a class of its own
Top Speed
118mph
Peugeot 3008 Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Peugeot 3008 Ved
Fuel Type
Hybrid
Peugeot 3008 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £8,850
4 Year 80k : £6,625
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 41.79
4 Year 80k : 38.47

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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