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Drive of your life this week…


is the brand new Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 Allure

What is it? The world’s first diesel electric hybrid car actually. Not only that, this 3008 is effectively five cars rolled into one as it has the ability to be a family, all-electric, economical, performance or four wheel drive!

Who would want one? Well, the 3008 is a versatile family car with five seats and a massive boot so extremely practical. So any mum or business lady who needs a spacious vehicle, who values the environment and wants to preserve it in addition to saving a fortune thanks to low running costs,  will be banging on the Peugeot dealerships doors thanks to this diesel- electric Hybrid4 system. Money saved could be wisely invested to pay for the children’s university fees.                            

The exhilarating thrill: is not really the performance here, although it is pretty impressive, but the very clever Hybrid4 technology. The 3008 combines the fuel efficient 2.0 litre 163bhp HDi diesel engine and a 37 bhp electric motor. This result in a high performance combined with brilliant ride and handling, is silent when the electric motor is mode is selected, reassuringly safe if four wheel drives is selected, incredibly safe and environmentally friendly with CO2 emissions at 99g/km plus a staggering ability to achieve 74mpg on a combined cycle. On top of that is the choice of four different operating modes depending on the mood ones happens to be in. Auto (easy) ZEV that is Zero Emission Vehicle, (conscientious), Four Wheel (brave) or Sport (irresponsible yet exhilarating). 

Wow factors to make the neighbours go green: starts with the lovely overall shape that causes a lot of head tuning admiring glances. There was me thinking it was my new hairdo! Lots of chrome trims, fabulous looking front light clusters, a huge smiley grille, colour coded bumpers, door handles and door mirrors plus 17 inch alloy wheels.

On the other hand…! There is a bit of a pregnant pause between the gear changes on this automatic version that is rather like a stomach churning theme park ride.

Where would the sunglasses fit? Surprisingly not in their own holder so use the front cup holders instead.

Will it take the shopping? An absolute ‘yes’ in this department with a whooping 354 litres of space that is roughly sixteen shipping bags. This extends to 1435 litres if the back seats are folded down, so any budding masseuse will know the bed will fit! It also has a multi positioned boot floor for the odd shaped items and a split tailgate to help with loading.

Hiding secret purchases sneakily can easily be done thanks to the large deep door pockets, the glove box, elasticated pockets behind the front seats or the huge deep box under the centre armrest.

Helping hands may light work thanks to cruise control, speed limiter, a really easy to use Bluetooth system, fog lights and electric windows. Then there is automatic rain sensing wipers, dusk sensing lights, electronic parking brake, front and rear parking aids, plus electrically folding door mirrors and automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Creature Comforts to luxuriate in are the height adjustable leather steering wheel with remotes for the audio and telephone, reclining front seats with the drivers being electrically adjustable and having extra lumber support, dual zone air conditioning that includes the rear and the fabulous Peugeot connect. This comprises of the radio/ CD, Bluetooth hands free and a full colour satellite navigation system. Finally there is a full length panoramic glass roof with an electrically operated blind if required.

The Greatest Gadget?  Has to be the head up display that shows the speed of the vehicle and is positioned directly in front of the driver, reflected onto the windscreen. This can be adjusted up down or even off but as it alerts the driver of the speed so clearly and with minimum time taken to look, please do not turn it off as it could prevent you from getting caught on camera for speeding.

The most annoying feature is the automatic climate controls that seems to have a mind of its own and took ages to de mist let alone de-ice  It was quicker to get a bowel of luke warm water and clear the windows that way.

Avoiding the costly repair shop poses no problems thanks to ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, that effectively gives the ability to brake and steer thus avoid obstacles, Hill Start Assist Control function that prevents embarrassing roll backs into matey boy behind by mistake, ESP with    ASR that will adjust each wheel to prevent skidding and Traction Control that will sort out the wheels for you in a skid so you do not have to steer into the skid. Finally there is a tyre pressure warning in case your tyres are under inflated and might blow plus the greatest new safety gadget in the last couple of years of a blind spot monitor on both door mirrors that alerts the driver if someone is in your blind spot.

Keeping your precious cargo safe:  is all down to a plethora of airbags like driver and passenger front SMART airbags, two side SMART airbags plus front and rear curtain SMART airbags.  Then there height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensions, force limiters  and seatbelt reminders, height adjustable headrests  to reduce whiplash injuries, child proof locks on the rear doors, 3X3 point rear seatbelts and Isofix child seat restraint system on the two outer seats in the rear. No wonder the 3008 HYrid4 scored a five star rating in the NCAP with adults at 86%, child at 81%, pedestrian at 31% and Safety Assist at 97%.

Avoiding it being nicked is the remote central locking, deadlocks, an ultrasonic Thatcham category 1 approved alarm, rolling code transponders, automatic door re-locking after 30 seconds and locking wheel nuts. Beat that on would be thieves.

Star rating: 4.5/5 due to that lull between gear changes that is rather nauseating…

Consider: Either the 3008 HYbrid4 Active or SR that are a little bit cheaper, both at £26,995 as less toys but still have the HYbrid4 system.

Web link: www.peugeot.com

Jackie Violet
Motoring Correspondent 

At a Glance
Test Model: Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 Allure
RRP: £27,995
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
0-62mph: 8.5 seconds
Top speed: 118 mph
Combined Fuel: 74.3 mpg
Insurance Group: 26E
CO2 emissions: 99 g/km
Horsepower: 163 bhp @ 3750 rpm + 37 bhp electric motor
Torque: 300 Nm @ 2000 rpm + 200 electric motor

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