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A automobile for all seasons: RAY MASSEY drives Peugeot’s 3008 GT

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A automobile for all seasons: RAY MASSEY takes a 600-mile round trip in Peugeot’s electrified 3008 GT plug-in hybrid SUV

  • It’s nippy and grippy on country lanes and has loads of mid-range oomph 
  • The 4-wheel drive mode proved invaluable through the big freeze 

Given the recent weather — from the large freeze’s icy arctic blasts to the gentle winter sunshine — I actually needed a automobile for all weathers. 

I discovered that versatility on a 600-mile round trip in Peugeot’s range-topping electrified 3008 GT Premium Hybrid4 300 e-EAT8 compact SUV crossover — which gave me loads of opportunity to get a great feel, regardless of the weather or the road conditions. Not low-cost at £50,930 (including £1,000 extras). But smart and classy. 

And if you happen to’re listening to Middlesbrough-born crooner Chris Rea on the smart infotainment system, it truly is pretty good when driving home for Christmas. 

Versatile: Peugeot’s recent SUV crossover is reliable and cozy

Here’s why. It is a plug-in hybrid so, after a charge, I got between 34 and 40 miles of electric-only range, plus great fuel economy when in mixed hybrid mode. 

There’s also loads of poke from the 300hp combination of a 1.6 litre 200hp petrol engine and a 110hp (81kW) electric motor linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, giving 0 to 62mph acceleration of 6.1 seconds as much as a top speed of 149 mph in sport mode, and even 84mph in pure electric mode, and frugal hybrid fuel economy. 

It’s nippy and grippy on country lanes, it has loads of mid-range oomph and is sufficiently comfortable with sporty seats and a great satnav. There’s also a decent-sized boot. 

Charging takes around four hours from a domestic wall box

Charging takes around 4 hours from a domestic wall box

Lots of kit and, thankfully, simple control buttons and toggles. Remember those?

Plenty of kit and, thankfully, easy control buttons and toggles. Remember those?

It's nippy and grippy on country lanes, it has plenty of mid-range oomph and is sufficiently comfortable with sporty seats and a good satnav

It’s nippy and grippy on country lanes, it has loads of mid-range oomph and is sufficiently comfortable with sporty seats and a great satnav

Not cheap at £50,930 (including £1,000 extras), but smart and stylish

Not low-cost at £50,930 (including £1,000 extras), but smart and classy

The 4-wheel drive mode proved invaluable through the big freeze, once I needed to scrape the frost off the windscreens and windows and navigate glacially slippery and infrequently ungritted roads. 

I began off my epic drive feeling like country singer Johnny Money — ‘the person in black’ — as my Nera Black crossover also had the chic £400 ‘black pack’ option. 

By the point I’d finished, I’d kicked up a lot splash from salted A-roads that the automobile looked more grey and white. 

Charging takes around 4 hours from a domestic wall box. Plenty of kit and, thankfully, easy control buttons and toggles. Remember those? 

Merry Christmas.

Will it slot in my garage? Peugeot 3008 GT Premium HYBRID4 300 e-EAT8 

Style: compact SUV crossover

Price: £49,930

Price as driven (with extras): £50,930

Length: 4447mm

Width: 1841mm

Height: 1624mm

Wheelbase: 2675mm

Kerb weight: 1840kg

Gross weight: 2330kg

Engine: 1.6 litre 200hp petrol engine

Electric motor: 110hp (81kW)

Total power (with leakage): 300hp

Battery: 13.2kWh

Transmission: 8-spead automatic gear-box

Drive modes: Electric, Hybrid and Sport

Drive: Front wheel drive

0 to 62mph: 6.1 seconds

Top speed: 149mph (Sport mode)

Top speed in electric mode: 84mph in pure electric mode

Fuel economy: 166.2 to 235.4mpg

CO2 emissions: 28 to 39g/km

Fuel tank: 43 litres

Wheels: 19-inch San Francisco diamond-cut black alloys

Boot space

Rear seats up: 395 litres

Rear seats down: 1357 litres

Charging time

Domestic 7.4kWh wall box: 3 hours 50 mins

Extras on my automobile

Metallic paint: £600

‘Black pack’: £400

Less driving over Christmas a false economy 

One in five drivers plans to make use of their cars less this Christmas and Recent Yr to get monetary savings resulting from inflation — with greater than a 3rd (38 per cent) nervous about soaring driving costs akin to fuel. 

But it surely may prove false economy warns automobile accessory chain Halfords, which says motorists risk a flat battery when trying to begin engines in January in the event that they leave cars undriven over the festive season. 

False economy: Halfords says motorists risk a flat battery when trying to start engines in January if they leave cars undriven over the festive season

False economy: Halfords says motorists risk a flat battery when trying to begin engines in January in the event that they leave cars undriven over the festive season

Nearly 1 / 4 (24 per cent) plan to travel lower than usual and one in five say they are going to leave their automobile completely dormant over the festive break. 

On this case, Halfords recommends regular battery checks. Its research also revealed that greater than 4 in ten don’t own a spare automobile battery, nearly 1 / 4 (24 per cent) admit they do not know methods to change one and a fifth have never checked their battery.

Citroen commissioned for Asterix’s recent set of wheels 

Driving force: Citroen has been commissioned to create Asterix a new set of wheels based on the legendary 2CV

Driving force: Citroen has been commissioned to create Asterix a recent set of wheels based on the legendary 2CV

Arguably France’s biggest hero, Asterix the Gaul is a much-loved cartoon and massive screen character amongst children of all ages and nationalities. 

And for his latest film outing — Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom — Citroen has been commissioned to create for him a recent set of wheels based on the legendary 2CV. 

Its design team sketched and built the 2CV chariot in lower than three months — in comparison with the standard 12 months it takes to create an idea vehicle. 

Advertised as being ‘made in Gaul’ and pulled by two horses, the 2CV chariot has a solid oak chassis, wheels product of recycled shields incorporating Citroën’s iconic chevrons, suspension from an inflated boar-gut stomach and headlights using fireflies. 

Set in China but with traditional Roman foes, the film shall be released over here on Netflix in spring. 

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