Stylish SUV in need of turbo

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THIS is Peu­geot’s ver­sion of the Mit­subishi ASX but with bet­ter styling and a dif­fer­ent spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the small SUV.

How much?

The 4008 Ac­tive re­tails for $30,990*.

What are com­peti­tors?

Ri­vals are nu­mer­ous, in­clud­ing the ASX, Nis­san Dualis, Hyundai iX35, Skoda Yeti, SsangYong Ko­rando, Sooby XV and VW Tiguan per­haps.

Is it eco­nom­i­cal?

We got into the low 8.0s with­out re­ally try­ing so the claim of 7.9 litres/100km seems right.

What’s un­der the bon­net?

Power comes from a 2.0-litre petrol four cylin­der lifted from the Mit­subishi Lancer small car – and the ASX. It’s good for 110kW/197Nm out­put and fea­tures vari­able valve tim­ing but not di­rect fuel in­jec­tion.

The man­ual is a five speeder while the CVT auto has six “steps”.

How does it go?

Ac­cept­able per­for­mance is avail­able from the man­ual but it needs an­other cog to make high­way cruis­ing eas­ier and also give bet­ter fuel econ­omy and ac­cel­er­a­tion through the gears.

Is it green?

It’s “green­ish” with a Euro 4 rat­ing – but needs to get bet­ter in a hurry to keep up with other makes.

Is it safe?

Scores the max­i­mum five stars for safety.

Is it com­fort­able?

The 4008 is very comfy. The sus­pen­sion is soft­ish, the seats are a good shape, there’s ad­e­quate sound dead­en­ing and it runs smoothly and qui­etly.

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What’s it like to drive?

The 4008 is a good all-round hack for com­mut­ing, gen­eral driv­ing, even ven­tur­ing off road (dirt roads,

Would we buy one?

Pos­si­bly. Like the styling, the size, the fea­tures and the price is com­pet­i­tive but the petrol engine strug­gles a bit and when you work it, uses much more fuel. Per­haps a 1.6 turbo petrol is the an­swer.

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