Citroen Peugeot Showcases the Peugeot 508 Hybrid 4 at Geneva this Week
|   Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Citroen Peugeot Hybrid 4 is based on the firms' recent technology that has managed to propel the partnership into the two in the total European car sales tally for the year. However, the Hybrid 4 is expected to be a smart vehicle and has been showcased recently in Geneva. The 3008 Hybrid 4 however failed to impress the people at the wheel while the 508 RXH Estate was no better.

However, both these rides are better than the Citroen DS5 hybrid as the car is particularly overweight and does not feature a stable counter balance.
The diesel electric power train also produces complications which are totally uncalled for. However, with the Peugeot 508 Hybrid 4, the company seems to have got things right finally. Although the 508 saloon is better than most of the other cars based on the Hybrid 4 platform, there are better hybrid vehicles on the road for a better price too.

This is however the best that Citroen Peugeot has to offer at the moment. The steering and transmission is quite unresponsive and the vehicle needs to be coaxed into turns. High speed driving does not inspire confidence and the prototype could not be pushed to its limits while testing while the only positive aspect about the vehicle us its high fuel efficiency and low CO2 emission.

This ride is quite economical and functions better than the 3008. However, fuel efficiency is not the only aspect while determining the practicality of a vehicle and the engine and transmission system of this vehicle needs to be dealt with patiently as it is quite slow and unresponsive. The electric assisted drive train enhances performance to a limit and this vehicle handles efficiently enough for an urban vehicle.

The engine is however not as smooth and refined as one would expect and unnecessary noise erupts from the engine when the vehicle crossed 2000 RPM. This turns out to be quite irritating at times. This could be the perfect vehicle of choice if you are looking for a vehicle solely for travelling within city perimeters as this vehicle is not for highway journeys.

Citroen Peugeot may try hard to try and sell this product but in reality, this car is not worth the money. Purchasing this vehicle will save money on taxes as the vehicle is virtually very clean. However, it is a pain to drive and this makes the car lose out of the race. The competition in the electric and hybrid car market is high nowadays and the Citroen Peugeot Hybrid 4 platform is slowly losing out to the competition as the brand has been fairly unsuccessful when it comes to launching a successful vehicle based on the platform.

The Peugeot 508 Hybrid 4 may be cheaper to own and run than a Honda Accord Type S, Volvo S60 Automatic of a Volkswagen Passat sedan. However, the overall performance makes this vehicle a pain to use in real world conditions. Citroen Peugeot should really consider developing a practical machine on the Hybrid 4 platform.
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