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