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There are a handful of plug-in hybrid SUVs of this kind that might qualify for a seven per cent benefit-in-kind company car tax rating - but if you want the Peugeot 3008 to, you’ll have to buy the most expensive Hybrid4 version and be disciplined with the options you put on it. 

The Hybrid 225 is rated for between 32- and 39 miles of electric range, and our test car averaged 31 miles over several electric trips taken in pretty clement weather. That’s not an outstanding showing in a market in which some PHEVs will now top 40 real-world electric miles, but it’s a respectable one allthesame, and it’s certainly good enough to allow you to make savings on fuel compared with running a conventional SUV provided you do plenty of short-range motoring and can charge at home.

Residual values should no longer be a particular concern for private buyers of PHEVs; even so, the 3008 Hybrid 225’s aren’t really a selling point. CAP suggests a like-for-like Cupra Formentor and Ford Kuga should both do better over three years.

This isn’t the short of plug-in hybrid that’ll punish you particularly if you don’t plug it in, either. ‘Range-extended’ touring can be done at an average 40mpg without the need for particular restraint, while hybrid-mode efficiency can creep up into the higher 40s in slower-moving traffic and around town.

Peugeot ’s pricing for the 3008 Hybrid 225 is a little high; equivalent PHEV versions of the Ford Kuga, Vauxhall Grandland, Kia Niro, VW Tiguan and Jeep Renegade can be had for less, and in some cases by thousands of pounds rather than hundreds.

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As standard, the car comes with a 3.7kW onboard charger through which a full battery charge takes around four hours; a 7.4kW system is optional, and will cut that charging time in half when drawing from a sufficiently powerful wallbox.