WHAT’S NEW

Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

PRICE

Peu­geot’s pre­vi­ous 4008, based on the Mit­subishi ASX, started at $33,990 drive-away. The new range jumps to $39,990 drive-away and stretches to $54,200 drive-away. The in­tro­duc­tory $39,990 drive-away deal will in­crease to $41,198 drive-away.

TECH

All mod­els have a dig­i­tal wide-screen in­stru­ment dis­play that can be per­son­alised — and min­imised. The cabin has sub­tle mood light­ing. All have speed sign recog­ni­tion cam­era, dig­i­tal ra­dio, Ap­ple Car Play/ An­droid Auto and built-in nav­i­ga­tion. Only the most ex­pen­sive mod­els get the full suite of safety tech.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The 4008 had 2.0-litre petrol power in front or all-wheel drive. The 3008 is front-drive only. Its 1.6-litre turbo, zippy by class stan­dards, was de­vel­oped and shared with BMW and Mini. There is also a 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

DRIV­ING

Early 4008s trans­mit­ted a lot of road noise into the cabin. Mit­subishi added sound-dead­en­ing ma­te­rial to meet Euro­pean stan­dards. The 3008 feels Euro through­out, from soft-touch ma­te­ri­als in the cabin to pre­cise steer­ing feel.

DE­SIGN

The 3008 is French from the tyres up. The body and struc­ture of the ve­hi­cle are com­pletely new and en­tirely de­signed and built by Peu­geot. It’s slightly longer, wider and taller than the pre­de­ces­sor, has a big­ger boot and a rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent in­te­rior de­sign.

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