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

Given the recent weather — from the big freeze’s icy arctic blasts to the gentle winter sunshine — I really needed a car for all weathers. 

I found 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 plenty of opportunity to get a good feel, whatever the weather or the road conditions. Not cheap at £50,930 (including £1,000 extras). But smart and stylish. 

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

Versatile: Peugeot’s new SUV crossover is reliable and comfortable Versatile: Peugeot’s new SUV crossover is reliable and comfortable

Versatile: Peugeot’s new SUV crossover is reliable and comfortable

Here’s why. It’s 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 plenty 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 up to a top speed of 149 mph in sport mode, and even 84mph in pure electric mode, and frugal hybrid fuel economy. 

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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. There’s also a decent-sized boot. 

Charging takes around four hours from a domestic wall box Charging takes around four hours from a domestic wall box

Charging takes around four hours from a domestic wall box

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

Lots of kit and, thankfully, simple 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 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 plenty of mid-range oomph and is sufficiently comfortable with sporty seats and a good satnav

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

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

The 4-wheel drive mode proved invaluable during the big freeze, when I had to scrape the frost off the windscreens and windows and navigate glacially slippery and often ungritted roads. 

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

By the time I’d finished, I’d kicked up so much splash from salted A-roads that the car looked more grey and white. 

Charging takes around four hours from a domestic wall box. Lots of kit and, thankfully, simple control buttons and toggles. Remember those? 

Merry Christmas.

Will it fit 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 car

Metallic paint: £600

‘Black pack’: £400

Less driving over Christmas a false economy 

One in five drivers plans to use their cars less this Christmas and New Year to save money due to inflation — with more than a third (38 per cent) worried about soaring driving costs such as fuel. 

But it may prove false economy warns car accessory chain Halfords, which 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 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 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 start engines in January if they leave cars undriven over the festive season

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) plan to travel less than usual and one in five say they will leave their car completely dormant over the festive break. 

In this case, Halfords recommends regular battery checks. Its research also revealed that more than four in ten do not own a spare car battery, nearly a quarter (24 per cent) admit they don’t know how to change one and a fifth have never checked their battery.

Citroen commissioned for Asterix’s new 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 new set of wheels based on the legendary 2CV

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

Arguably France’s greatest hero, Asterix the Gaul is a much-loved cartoon and big screen character among 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 new set of wheels based on the legendary 2CV. 

Its design team sketched and built the 2CV chariot in less than three months — compared to the usual 12 months it takes to create a concept vehicle. 

Advertised as being ‘made in Gaul’ and pulled by two horses, the 2CV chariot has a solid oak chassis, wheels made 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 will be released over here on Netflix in spring. 

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