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Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - MOTORING -

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

$690-$1050.

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.

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