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Peugeot 4008 prices*

4008 Active from $28,990* (2WD manual)
4008 Allure from $38,490* (4WD CVT auto)

Peugeot 4008 road test

by Stephen Walker

16th December, 2012

Home > Road Tests > Peugeot


Related story:
Peugeot 4008 due in June
23rd May, 2012


Increasing sales of small SUVs has seen Peugeot, along with others, jump on this popular 'bandwagon'. The result is a 'friend' arriving locally wearing the badge of the famous French brand.

Test Car particulars

Our test car was the Peugeot 4008 Allure, which is the top 4008 model.

Model background

The world became aware of the small Peugeot SUV last year, ahead of the 4008's public debut at Switzerland's Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. Production also began in March 2012. Deliveries of the Peugeot 4008 to dealerships in Australia commenced during June 2012.

The compact SUV is built by Mitsubishi Motors as part of a collaboration between Peugeotís parent entity, the PSA Group and the Japanese manufacturer. Itís based on the ASX. You may have already noticed that as the styling changes are fairly minor Ė particularly on the inside.

From the outside, the 4008 sets itself apart thanks to the distinctive Peugeot 'face', distinctive front and rear lights including LED daytime running lights and on the test car, very neat 18 inch alloys. Privacy glass from the B-pillar back is also standard and helps give the 4008 a premium appearance.

On the inside, the similarities with the ASX are too frequent and whilst some effort has been made to differentiate it from its Mitsubishi 'cousin', a little more effort could make the 4008 unique.

Now for the tough part .... how do you pronounce 4008? Easy, it's four thousand eight.

Prices*

Two trim levels are available locally, Active and Allure.

The entry level is the Active and it is priced from $28,990* for the 5 speed manual 2WD version. The Active can also be specified with 6 speed CVT automatic and 2WD, priced from $31,490*. Itís also available in 4WD with the manual being priced from $30,990* and the automatic priced from $33,490*.

The vehicle tested was the range topping Allure trim level. The transmission and drive train decisions are all made by Peugeot with the Allure as it is only available in 4WD with CVT automatic and is priced from $38,490*.

It is possible to up spec an Active to 'impersonate' an Allure if the 2WD car or manual is preferred. There are a couple of option packs available, one for wheels and chrome door sills for $1,000*, which is good value and the other option pack adds leather trim for $3,000*.

Metallic and Premium paint is optional at $800* and $1,300* respectively.

A fully integrated satellite navigation system that incorporates a full screen colour rear camera, as well as Bluetooth functionality, USB plug and play as well as a DVD player for $1,495.

Driving the 4008

Currently the 4008 is only available with the 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine. This differs from the related Mitsubishi ASX Ė which is available with a diesel engine.

The Peubeot 4008 is not the fastest vehicle on the streets but in our view the small petrol engine is well suited to this vehicle. Itís fairly slow on paper. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h will take a claimed 10.9 seconds. Still, itís fast enough to drive comfortably around town and at highway speeds.

Itís a bit noisy if you push it hard but when driven smoothly, the engine is reasonably refined.

Maximum power is just 110 kW at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque is 197 Nm at 4,200 rpm.

The constant 4WD can be switched to 2WD using the console mounted dial Ė the same switch as in the ASX. Usually 2WD will return better fuel economy at the expense of the extra rear grip as the power is switched 100% to the front wheels.

The flipside of the good looking 18-inch alloys is the steel 16" spare wheel (for restricted use only).

Living with the 4008

Four passengers can ride quite comfortably in the 4008. Five is asking too much unless itís three kids across the back.

The leather seats impress. The front seats are both electrically-operated and heated in the Allure which is welcome on both counts.

For the most part, the interior is much the same as an ASX. Itís not such a bad thing as all the components are simple to use and have a quality feel. The radio has a small, basic screen and there is no integrated satellite navigation Ė unlike the range topping ASX Aspire.

Bluetooth connectivity is standard and supports telephone use and audio streaming. Very easy to pair and connect a new device too. There is also USB and auxiliary connectivity available.

Climate control air conditioning is standard and rear seat passengers are protected from the sun by dark tinted privacy glass.

Safety

The Peugeot 4008 has seven airbags including driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, full length curtain airbags and driver knee airbag.

Electronic safety aids include anti-lock brakes with brake force distribution, emergency brake assist and electronic stability programme.

Rear camera is standard on all 4008s. It engages automatically when reverse gear is selected. We would like to see all cars feature this important driver assistance device (it is not a gimmick, but a valued piece of safety equipment). Rear parking sensors are also fitted.

Fuel and emissions

On the combined cycle, the Peugeot 4008 4WD automatic is rated for its fuel consumption as 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres. Thatís reasonable, not excellent, and around town the figures blow out to 10.5 litres consumed per 100 kms travelled. The highway cycle is rated at 6.8 l/100 kms. The 2WD Active rates a little better.

The fuel tank capacity is 63 litres.

CO2 emissions are 192 grammes per kilometre from the Euro IV compliant engine.

Dimensions

Length: 4,340 mm
Width: 2,125 mm including mirrors
Height: 1,625 mm
Wheelbase: 2,670 mm
Weight: 1,470 kg
Boot capacity: 384 litres, expanding to 1,193 litres with rear seats folded

Towing

The towing capacity is 1,050 kg if towing a braked trailer with appropriate towing equipment.

After Sales

The warranty and roadside assistance package operate, with conditions, on a three year/100,000 kilometre basis.

Service intervals are 6 months or 10,000km.

The 4008 is eligible for Peugeotís ďAssured Service PlanĒ which caps servicing costs at $330 per year for the first three years or 60,000 kms, whichever occurs first. Capped price servicing is becoming increasingly common in the market and this is great for budgeting process of owners. This scheme by Peugeot differentiates itself by extending the capped pricing to all sales categories. Most capped price schemes are only for retail buyers and typically exclude fleet and government buyers. This may benefit people salary packaging vehicles through their employer.

Every Peugeot receives roadside assistance for the duration of the new car warranty.

Conclusion

We like the fact that the Peugeot 4008 offers very decent value in the compact SUV segment, especially given that this model is being sold by a European brand.



NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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