The Peugeot 308 Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: The Complete Guide For The UK

peugeot e-308 electric car
Price: £33,670
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 12.4 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 37 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 24 - 30g (CO2/km)


Peugeot is part of the Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). You may not be familiar with these names, but the automotive brands in the portfolio would be well known to most consumers. These include: Maserati, Opel, Vauxhall, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc.

Peugeot was founded in 1810 in Eastern France (Sochaux), and has a rich heritage in motor racing and the broader automotive sector. Peugeot has won many awards for its passenger cars, to include, six European Car of the Year awards.

As part of the broader Groupe PSA, Peugeot is very committed to the electric vehicle (EV) sector. Peugeot has committed to offering a fully electric (BEV) or a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) for every model in its portfolio by 2023. The company’s portfolio of electric vehicles (EVs) include:

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The Peugeot 308 PHEV Hatchback

The Peugeot 308 hatchback, a popular family car, was first unveiled in 2007. The latest generation (3rd) was unveiled in 2021, to include the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant.

If striking looks matter and you are willing to compromise on practicality, then the Peugeot 308 PHEV is worth considering, given its improved environmental credentials (30g CO2/km) and fuel economy, compared to the conventional combustion engine variant. The combustion engine variant has tailpipe emissions up to 130g CO2/km. The PHEV is manufactured using the EMP2 V3 (Efficient Modular Platform).

The hatchback plug-in electric car is offered in two engine options: Hybrid 225 e-EAT8 (Puretech 150) and Hybrid 180 e-EAT8 (Puretech 180). The first option offers up to 225 hp, while the second offers up to 180 hp. Both variants offer 266 Nm torque.

The Hybrid 225 e-EAT8 is just a little quicker in acceleration (0-62 mph: 7.5 seconds), compared to the 180 e-EAT8 (0-62 mph: 7.6 seconds). The top speed is 146 mph (pure electric mode: 83 mph).

Both variants are front-wheel drive (8-speed automatic), and paired with a 81 kW electric motor. Both EVs also offer the same onboard EV battery size (12.4 kWh). The battery size is fairly typical of PHEV of this type, and so is the claimed WLTP certified emission-free electric range (37 miles).

However, expect the real-world electric range to be closer to 31 miles. The EV range is impacted by a number of factors, to include, driving profile, speed, load, regenerative braking, road condition, weather, wheel size and a lot more. Do keep in mind that a vast number of trips in the UK are below 10 miles, and a 32 miles zero-emission electric driving range is sufficient for daily commutes. Moreover, the majority of motorists in the UK, drive no more than 30 miles a day.

The EV can be fully charged via a dedicated EV charging station between 2 hours and 4 hours, depending on the onboard charger in the EV. The manufacturer offers a 3.7 kW onboard charger as standard, but offers the option to upgrade to a 7 kW onboard charger, at an additional cost. The upgraded onboard charger will take 1 hour and 55 minutes to charge the EV from 0% to 100%. The EV does not offer fast DC charging compatibility.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which again is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug for charging an electric car.

A ‘topping up’ approach to electric car charging will help improve the overall efficiency of the electric vehicle and also improve the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Peugeot offers a warranty up to 8 years or 100,000 miles for the battery (70% of original capacity).

The automotive manufacturer claims a fuel economy up to 281.1 mpg for the electric vehicle (EV). Of course the real-world fuel economy will depend on a number of factors, but none as influential as using the e-mode.

Bottom-line, to increase the fuel economy of the electric vehicle and lower the driving costs, the PHEV should be driven as much as possible on the pure electric mode. The EV has three driving modes: hybrid, electric and sport. Of course, using the sport mode will reduce the fuel economy of the PHEV.

It is also far cheaper to drive on electric mode, compared to using the combustion engine. Depending on where the EV is charged and the cost of charging, driving an electric car will cost between 5 pence to 10 pence per mile. Of course, driving on e-mode has the added benefit of a smoother and quieter drive.

In terms of practicality, the rear seats are impacted by the exterior styling and the onboard EV battery. Headroom and legroom for rear seat passengers is not as spacious as other PHEVs in its class. The boot size (361 L) is also not as large as other EVs in its segment.

However, the interior quality is high and the manufacturer offers a good level of standard technology and features, to include: driver assist pack, lane keeping assist, speed limit recognition, blind spot detection, driver attention warning, 10″ touchscreen with 3D navigation and more. The PHEV has been awarded a Four-Stars NCAP safety rating.

The Peugeot 308 PHEV does not qualify for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG). Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-11%) tax rate for the PHEV. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet. 

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Attractive exterior styling and high quality interior 7 kW onboard charger not available as standard
Decent electric range Boot space not as large as alternative
Cheap to drive on electric mode Rear seat not spacious


The Peugeot 308 PHEV Hatchback (credit: Peugeot)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (4 Options)
Peugeot 308 Allure (from £33,670)
Peugeot 308 Allure Premium (from £34,570)
Peugeot 308 GT (from £36,470)
Peugeot 308 GT Premium (from £38,070)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (12.4 kWh)
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.7 kW standard (0% – 100%: 4 hrs). 7.4 kW AC optional (0% – 100%: 2 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:24 – 30g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh £1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1465
Width (mm):1850
Length (mm):4365
Wheelbase (mm):2680
Turning Circle (m):10.5
Boot Space (L): 361

Hybrid 180 e-EAT8
EV Battery Capacity:12.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):37 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):213.7 – 281.1
Charging: DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.7 kW standard (0% – 100%: 4 hrs). 7.4 kW AC optional (0% – 100%: 2 hrs)
Top Speed:139 mph (electric mode: 83 mph)
0-62 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):81
Max Power (hp):180 (combined)
Torque (Nm): 266 (combined)
Kerb Weight (kg):1,603
NCAP Safety Rating:Four-Stars

Hybrid 225 e-EAT8
EV Battery Capacity:12.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):37 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):213.7 – 266.2
Charging: DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.7 kW standard (0% – 100%: 4 hrs). 7.4 kW AC optional (0% – 100%: 2 hrs)
Top Speed:146 mph (electric mode: 83 mph)
0-62 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):81
Max Power (hp):225 (combined)
Torque (Nm): 266 (combined)
Kerb Weight (kg):1,633
NCAP Safety Rating:Four-Stars

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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