Peugeot has had great success with the 2008 e-208 and e-cars and in Norway. Now they are preparing to follow that up with a number of new electric cars. One of them is the new 408. However, it is not yet fully electric. Peugeot starts with a plug-in hybrid first.
Here we are talking about a five-door Combi, or fastback as Peugeot itself calls it. The car is 4.69 meters long and has a trunk capacity of 471 liters. family car? In terms of space, we mean yes, but for most Norwegian families it’s obviously too daring to think of something other than an SUV or, in an emergency, a station wagon when they need a car.
Peugeot offers two engines with 180 and 225 horsepower, respectively. The two have the same powertrain, with a 12.4-kilowatt battery. This gives an estimated electric range of 63 km. He’s roughly in the middle of the team on the rechargeable front in 2023.
The 225-horsepower version starts at NOK 554,900. With a solid set of additional equipment in place, we end up at NOK 613,800.
How is driving?
There’s nothing extravagant about the 408, but it makes up for it by being a very competent car. The Peugeot Small Steering Wheel itself provides a good dose of driving pleasure. It also provides good ground contact, while the steering is well weighted.
The chassis is a good mix of sportiness and comfort. At the same time, the car feels luxurious. This applies to everything from noise reduction, to the way the chassis takes larger and smaller bumps.
There are many plug-in hybrids faster than the 408, but we think 7.8 seconds is acceptable in this class anyway. The forces are immediately there and planted in the road via the front wheels. 4×4 is not an issue, at least not at first. So it manages up to 63 kilometers of electricity. If you don’t have a lot of long distance driving and you are good at charging, then you should be able to reduce fuel consumption pretty well.
On winding country roads, the 408 actually feels smaller than it is. It’s meant to be a compliment. On the highway it feels like a big car, and here the battery pack also contributes to the stiff and slightly heavy driving feel.
There were queues for this Peugeot diesel
Space and practical solutions:
behind the wheel:
Peugeot’s little steering wheel takes some getting used to. At first, it’s unusual to see the instruments above the steering wheel, rather than through it. But it quickly becomes a habit and works very well. There is also a new 10-inch display, the so-called main programmable buttons.
The dashboard is functionally laid out. Sometimes there is a bit of a fuss with the various functions on the screen. Here, Peugeot’s solution isn’t as good as its more intuitive competitors.
Important things have happened here with the Peugeot electric car
Life in the backseat:
The sporty design can be seen when you sit in the back seat. I, who is 1.83m tall, has enough room in height, while legroom is good. The raised window line can also be noted. It gets a bit dark and claustrophobic here, despite the large glass ceiling. Kids will likely notice it, too.
Rear seat passengers have their own fresh air vents in the center console. Here we also find two USB-C charging sockets and a small storage compartment.
The center armrest also has a little storage space, as well as two fairly shallow cup holders.
What do you bring with you?
Thus, the trunk space is 471 liters. It’s a perfectly good thing that this class of car is. It’s easy to make use of the space, but the sloping roofline means you don’t have much to walk on if you want to pack up high. So this car is probably not for those who like to take as much as possible on trips.
– I braked and braked – to no avail
408 is completely color dependent. Bright red is, in our opinion, the perfect color for this car. It highlights all the design elements, and there are a lot of them. too much? Some probably think so, but we have a feeling Peugeot is spending way too much for a car in this class. 408 stands out in traffic and causes little fanfare at first. That’s more than we can say about many competitors.
Peugeot hasn’t gone crazy on the screen front (as some do), but the two screens still dominate the dashboard, which, like the exterior design, is quite distinctive. There are many narrow and rather square lines here, as well as quite a few different textures. It’s not particularly exclusive, but we think the material options match the price very well.
No wonder this Peugeot is causing a stir
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