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We re­ally want to love it but not be­fore it’s got a diesel

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

It rolls on 16-inch al­loy wheels but for $1000 the Ac­tive can be op­tioned with the Al­lure’s two-tone 18-inch al­loys and chrome side skirts; a pretty per­sua­sive ar­gu­ment.

The Al­lure is avail­able in 4WD with CVT only for $38,490— al­most $10K more. It strangely misses out on stan­dard sat­nav but gets power and heated leather seats and leather trim, chrome high­lights, pi­ano black trim on the doors and those huge 18-inch­ers.

There’s a capped price ser­vice plan that stays with the car, not the owner: $330 a year for three years or 60,000km.

TECH­NOL­OGY

Un­for­tu­nately, there’s noth­ing new about the Mit­subishi 2.0-litre four-cylin­der; the man­ual is only a five-speed, and the on-de­man­dawd sys­tem, which switches quickly enough, still has overt fron­twheel-drive char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Peu­geot is lauded for its diesel tech­nol­ogy, so why a con­ven­tional 2.0 four? Sim­ple: no auto. Not yet, any­way. We should see a diesel and sixspeed auto in about a year.

DE­SIGN

The 4008 is quite sleek and re­solved, while retaining a French essence and air through in­di­vid­ual and up-spec treat­ments both in­side and out.

Look a lit­tle closer and the de­sign lines such as squared-off wheel arches, re­lo­cated num­ber­plate re­cesses and soft­touch in­te­rior pan­els and trim set it apart from the Mit­subishi. In fact, only the door pan­els, roof and rear glass are car­ried over from the ASX. Ev­ery­thing else is pure Pug.

It also avoids the kid-with­braces look of sta­ble­mates such

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