Peugeot 4008 Feline 2013 Review

Peugeot 4008 Feline 2013 Review

Peugeot was a bit late to the serious SUV market so has got up-to-speed by a co-production and platform sharing deal with Mitsubishi.

Its first offering was the 4007. We tested this around a year ago and it was very evidently based on the Mitsubishi Outlander. As you’ll see from our

review last week of the 2013 Outlander VRX, that car has changed substantially, and thus Peugeot has based the 4008 on the current Mitsubishi ASX which is the Outlander’s crossover cousin.

The list of shared parts is quite extensive, but you’ll barely notice them – the doors and roof panels, for example. On the inside some of the switchgear and all the dashboard and centre console (apart from the badges) are definitely from the Mitsi parts bin, and if you look under the bonnet you’ll find the same 2-litre petrol engine that Mitsubishi uses. It even sits on the same chassis and comes from the Mitsubishi factory in Okazaki.

So, Peugeot engineers have done a great job of disguising the ASX and making it every bit as distinctive. The nose is what usually defines a car’s presence and Peugeot has chosen a sleeker nose over the 4007’s relatively frumpy look.

One major change for this model is that the previous 4007 was a seven-seater. This 4008 is only a five-seater, but it does have a seven-stage CVT gearbox. That’s probably a good thing because the 4008 is not endowed to carry enormous loads. There’s only a petrol engine on offer, no diesel, and you need all 110kW and 197Nm when the going gets hilly, even to the point of holding it in-gear manually to maintain speed. It’s not particularly spritely off the line, either. Fuel consumption is quoted at 7.9l/100km combined, 6.5l/100km on the open road and 10.2l/100km in-town. CO2 emissions are 185g/km.

The Feline model is four-wheel drive whereas the two models beneath it (Active and Allure) are both two-wheel drive. You’d get away with some ‘lifestyle’ off-roading but I wouldn’t chance it in tricky situations. The Feline comes with larger wheels (18-inch as opposed to 16-inch) and they’re shod in wider tyres (225/55R18 rather than 215/70R16).

Bluetooth phone/music integration is available, but the interface is challenging and looks a little dated with the red LCD format.

Safety is as per the ASX – a 5-star Euro NCAP crash rating, 7 airbags and all the electronics to stop you skidding, sliding and pirouetting up the road.

The large sunroof with its mood lighting strips is an interesting touch, and when open provides more spaciousness in the cabin. There’s plenty of room in the back for two adults and one small child (it’s not really designed for three adults).

Being based on a Japanese model the interior has none of the quirks you’d usually associate with French cars. Everything lines up, feels right, is comfortable, and easy to read and operate.

If you’re expecting a replacement for the 4007, this car isn’t it. It’s a totally different beast. The 4008 is a slightly better Mitsubishi ASX, and as the ASX is already a good car, Peugeot’s tweaking has made a good car a bit better.

Price: range starts at $37,990. Price as tested (Feline variant): $45,990

Pros

  • Dynamically a little better than the ASX
  • French cachet at Japanese prices

Cons

  • No diesel option, despite ASX being available with diesel variants
  • Full sized spare wheel takes up a huge amount of room and is only rated to 80kph – could have just had a space saver and more boot space
Words and photos: Darren Cottingham

 

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