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Peugeot 4008

 

And so this is the 4008 that Peugeot New Zealand expects most buyers to go for. It’s the mid-range Allure, which offers a little bit less than the top Feline model… but also a little bit more.

As previously discussed, the 4008 is basically a Mitsubishi ASX in a different (quite sexy) set of clothes. So we’ll say no more about that.

All three 4008 models are powered by the same 110kW/197Nm Mitsubishi engine and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). So don’t go looking for any differences there.

So what does the $39,990 4008 Allure lack compared with the $45,990 Feline (as previously tested)? The biggest thing is four-wheel drive: the Allure (and entry-level Active beneath it) are front-drive only. The Allure also has cloth seats in place of the Feline’s leather and conventional headlight technology instead of the Feline’s gas-discharge lamps.

The Allure does, however, boast Peugeot’s signature glass roof, wheras the Feline does not. Why? Don’t really know. That’s just the way it is.

Powertrain first. Unless you’re actually planning to do some light-duty off-roading, there is little lost in keeping your 4008 front-drive. The CVT delivers its power in quite a cautious manner and the 4008 has a good traction/stability control system, so unless you’re in truly slippery conditions (such as a skifield) you’re not going to miss having drive to all four wheels.

Two-wheel drive crossovers are really not such an oddity anyway: think Honda CR-V and Nissan’s Qashqai and X-Trail models.

Leather suggests luxury, but the 4008’s seats are not brilliant and the cloth trim actually makes the front chairs more comfortable: as is often the case, the fabric allows the chairs more shape and support and the driving position (not to mention passenger-comfort) is better for it.

So let’s call the glass roof a swap for the gas-discharge lamps and declare the Allure the sensible choice.

Whether the 4008 in general is a sensible choice is entirely another matter. It’s a car you really want to like, because it looks fantastic and represents good value for money. It also handles better than an ASX, thanks mainly to revised suspension and slightly wider tracks.

The powertrain remains the sticking point. The engine is unremarkable and coarse when stressed. The same can be said of the CVT. It’s a nice little city car for those who have no interest in driving with verve, but a Peugeot (sic) that doesn’t respond to a little enthusiasm is a bit hard to get your head around.


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