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Peugeot 4008 Active 2012 review: snapshot

Peugeot 4008 Active.

We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering -- would you buy one?

What is it?

This is Peugeot's penultimate new 4008 all wheel drive small SUV - a Pug version of the Mitsubishi ASX with better styling and different spec'.

How much?

Retails for $30,990

What are competitors?

Numerous; ASX, Nissan Dualis, Hyundai iX35, Skoda Yeti, Ssangyong Korando, Sooby XV, VW Tiguan perhaps.

What's under the bonnet?

Power comes from a 2.0-litre petrol four cylinder lifted from the Mitsubishi Lancer small car- and ASX. It's good for 110kW/197Nm output and features variable valve timing but not direct fuel injection.

The manual is a five-speeder while the CVT auto has six 'steps.'

How does it go?

Acceptable performance is available from the manual but it needs another cog to make highway cruising easier and also give better fuel economy and acceleration through the gears.

Is it economical?

We got into the low 8.0s without really trying so the claim of 7.9 litres/100km seems right.

Is it green?

Greenish with a Euro 4 rating - needs to get better in a hurry to keep up with other makes.

Is it safe?

Five stars.

Is it comfortable?

Very. The suspension is softish, the seats are a good shape, there's adequate sound deadening and it runs smoothly and quietly. The Active scores plenty of kit despite playing second fiddle to the high spec' Allure.

What's it like to drive?

A good all round hack for commuting, general driving, even venturing off road (dirt roads, sand and snow) thanks to the selectable all wheel drive system with lock-up.

Is it value for money?

Pretty good compared with similar sized and styled cars from other European makers - thousands less actually. But it needs a diesel and a proper auto.

Would we buy one?

Possibly. Like the styling, the size, the features and the price is competitive but the petrol engine struggles a bit and when you work it, uses much more fuel. Perhaps a 1.6 turbo petrol is the answer.

Pricing Guides

$11,990
Based on 18 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$7,999
Highest Price
$14,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Active (4x2) 2.0L, PULP, CVT AUTO $10,990 – 14,950 2012 Peugeot 4008 2012 Active (4x2) Pricing and Specs
Active (4x4) 2.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $9,240 – 13,090 2012 Peugeot 4008 2012 Active (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Allure (4x4) 2.0L, PULP, CVT AUTO $7,999 – 14,990 2012 Peugeot 4008 2012 Allure (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Pricing Guide

$7,999

Lowest price, based on 17 car listings in the last 6 months

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