The 3008 Hybrid4 300 does undoubtedly pack a punch. Its 1.6-litre turbocharged four tops the healthy 100PS per litre benchmark, outputting 181PS (133kW) and 300Nm (222lb ft) of torque while its twin electric motors bump the system total up to a nice round 300PS (220kW) and 520Nm (383lb ft). With motors on both axles, the Hybrid4 is, as its name suggests, four-wheel-drive and a 13.2 kWh battery pack provides a claimed electric-only range of around 35 miles.
The motors and battery pack do add a significant amount of heft however and while there is plenty of both turbo and electric torque available for decent in-gear acceleration times, the extra weight blunts any sense of over eagerness. The weight is also felt in the corners where, despite the Caterham-sized steering wheel (more on that later) providing reasonably rapid changes of direction, there is a sense of unwillingness to be hustled along and a lack of information coming from over-assisted controls.
Having said that, the ride is up there with the traditional Gallic best and it is a car that is easy to drive smoothly to plaudits from your passengers. The brake regeneration mode in the eight-speed automatic gearbox helps with this, slowing the car down significantly upon lifting off the accelerator, though not quite enough for one-pedal driving.