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