PRICE The threemodel range starts with the $47,200 drive-away Allure, followed by the $51,400 drive-away GT, both petrol powered. The flagship $57,900 drive-away GT-Line is a diesel. Peugeot Australia says it has trimmed the price of metallic paint but it’s still an eye-watering
TECH Standard fare includes speed sign recognition, digital widescreen instrument display and automatic emergency braking. Dearer models add safety tech such as lane keeping assistance, plus a foot-swipe operated tailgate. PERFORMANCE The 1.6-litre turbo petrol four is zippy for its size and a better choice than the 2.0-litre turbo diesel, given the petrol’s
perkiness and relative fuel efficiency and affordability. Both engines are matched to Japanese Aisinbuilt six-speed autos that drive the front wheels.
DRIVING The Allure and GT ride on 18-inch wheels while the GT-Line comes standard on 19s (18s are an option). The small steering wheel makes light work of tight city manoeuvres but makes the car feel a bit unwieldy on the open road.
DESIGN The interior is a fresh look with new materials but the build quality on some cars at the preview drive was a bit suspect. The door panels didn’t line up with the dashboard on the passenger’s side of two examples and some of the roof trim was out of alignment. The touchscreen looks fancy but isn’t user-friendly.