So what precisely is the 408? In essence, it’s successfully Peugeot’s model of the Citroën C5 X, a automobile that goals to mix coupé appears with a variety of practicality and a smattering of SUV taste. No longer best do they proportion a an identical fastback profile (I’m beautiful certain we used to name this kind of design a hatchback), it’s underpinned by way of the similar EMP2 V3 structure and gives a virtually equivalent line-up of powertrains, together with the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV) examined right here and a impending all-electric model.
That mentioned, whilst the 2 are intently similar, there’s surely that Peugeot’s stylists have achieved a wonderful task of giving the 408 unique visible enchantment. Daring surfacing, in particular the sculpted rear wheel arches and ambitious LED lighting fixtures signatures, lend a hand the 408 stand out, whilst it being a bit shorter than the C5 X offers it a tauter and extra muscular stance. Neat main points come with the retro-inspired script for the badging and the crowd pleasing uneven design used at the non-compulsory 20in alloy wheels. Even quirkier are the ‘cat’s ears’ on the most sensible of every C-pillar, which can be mentioned to support airflow in addition to disguise the additional steel had to steadiness head room towards the specified coupé aesthetic.
As ever, i-Cockpit stays a bone of competition, with many drivers discovering that the highest of the small steerage wheel impedes their view of the software cluster, which is a disgrace, since the 3-D-effect show appears beautiful cool.
Extra a hit is the brand new 10.0in infotainment touchscreen, which has already been observed at the Peugeot 308. No longer best does it glance slick and reply moderately crisply on your inputs, but in addition its strip of enormous touch-sensitive sizzling keys for the quite a lot of menus make it more practical than maximum to make use of whilst you’re riding.
For the general public as a rule, it is going to be a at ease, hassle-free and trendy significant other. It’s additionally remarkably spacious, neatly supplied and neatly constructed – plus we need to give thank you that it’s now not simply some other SUV. Whether or not it’s price greater than £2000 over an identical C5 X is up for debate, however there’s no denying that for fleet customers, this Peugeot’s numbers do upload up – even supposing those on its bootlid don’t fairly.
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