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Bodystyle, dimensions and technical details

The 3008 is among the smaller, cheaper cars that adopts Peugeot’s big-car model architecture. Known as ‘EMP2’, this platform also serves under the 5008 and 508 saloon, as well as under bigger models from Citroen, Vauxhall and DS Automobiles. The use of the platform allows Peugeot to offer fully independent suspension and four-wheel drive (via an electric rear axle) in higher-end versions of the car; but it also rules out any pure electric derivative (move down a market segment and you can opt for an all-electric e2008 crossover hatchback, of course). 

Turbocharged combustion engines mount transversely under the car’s bonnet and drive the front axle. They range in size from 1.2 litres and three cylinders up to 1.6 litres and four-cylinders; they take in both petrol and diesel options; and they offer between 128- and 178bhp for those who want a conventionally-powered option.

You can only have four-wheel drive on top-of-the-range Hybrid4 versions; and you can’t have it with an optional spacesaver spare wheel. It won’t be a factor for very many buyers, but those who do regularly drive offroad would be well-advised to consider a car with mechanical four-wheel drive and a spare.

The majority of 3008s combine strut-type front suspension with a space-efficient torsion beam arrangement at the rear but, partly because they can bring four-wheel drive into the equation, both plug-in hybrid derivatives swap that beam axle for a more sophisticated multi-link setup. In the Hybrid 225 (as tested) Peugeot’s 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine is combined with an electric drive motor upstream of the car’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, and up to 222bhp and 266lb ft of torque can find its way through to the front wheels. In the pricier Hybrid4 300, meanwhile, an extra electric motor is used to drive the rear axle directly, and ‘total system’ peak power rises to 296bhp. Both hybrid versions use the same lithium-ion drive battery, which has 13.2kWh of gross capacity (10.4kWh net/usable) and is carried under the car’s back seats. 

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Peugeot claims significantly stronger performance for the Hybrid4, however: 6.1sec from 0-62mph plays 8.9-, with the Hybrid 225 being only 80kg the lighter of the pair. Our mid-spec test car weighed 1754kg on the proving ground scales, which is roughly what it ought to have weighed allowing for a full tank of fuel and some optional equipment. But simpler, non-electrified versions of the car are claimed to weigh as little as 1320kg.

Peugeot’s mid-life update for the 3008 smartened the car’s exterior styling in places, most notably around the radiator grille and headlights where the new car gets a frameless grille and a distinctive straked look. UK buyers are offered a five-tiered derivative lineup, and if you go for one of the upper two you can have an optional ‘Black Pack’ styling theme which adds gloss black alloy wheels and matching body trim, and plenty of dark ‘smoked chrome’ body decorations.