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Peugeot 408 2024 review: GT PHEV

Peugeot has launched a new plug-in hybrid model, the ambitiously design 408 GT. The 408 is carving out a little niche for itself with its body style. Blending a sedan, liftback and an SUV together means you get the benefits of all styles but it also means there are few direct rivals.

The closest are the Citroen C5 X and the Cupra Formentor VZe.

The 408 GT has killer looks and style for days but I'm spending a week with it to see whether this plug-in hybrid is worth a look!

Price and features – Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10

The 408 is being offered in one grade for the Australian market, the GT model, and it’s priced from $67,990 before on road costs, making it more expensive than its rivals.

The closest rival, the Cupra Formentor VZe PHEV sits at $64,990 MSRP and the Citroen C5 X PHEV slides in as the most affordable at $57,670 MSRP.

However, only being offered in one grade does have its benefits because the GT is highly specified and most people will be satisfied with the long features list.

In terms of luxuries, there is a heated steering wheel, powered front seats with heat and massage functions, with Nappa leather upholstery and synthetic leather trims throughout.

408 GT has a long features list. (Image: Glen Sullivan) 408 GT has a long features list. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

The technology looks gorgeous with a 10-inch touchscreen multimedia system and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster headlining the dashboard. It's rounded out by the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in satellite navigation, four USB-C ports, two 12-volt sockets and a wireless charging pad.

The key practical features include a powered tailgate, dual-zone air-conditioning, push-button start, keyless entry and the front driver's seat features a two-position memory function.

You can option a panoramic sunroof for an extra $2000, if you want it.

The 408 only comes in five colours, with the Obsession Blue on our test model being the only included colour. The rest are priced at $690 but the Elixir Red jumps up to $1050.

Design – Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10

There’s quite a lot happening with the design because of the mash-up of body styles. The long sleek body has sedan vibes but it sits high enough to tag itself as an SUV and the rear has that classic coupe pinching.

It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I like it. It's bold and different, which feels like a bit of fresh air in this SUV-heavy market.

The lights set this apart this Peugeot (Image: Glen Sullivan) The lights set this apart this Peugeot (Image: Glen Sullivan)

The lights also set this apart from its Peugeot stablemates and look more refined, too. You can still see the remnants of the original ‘claw’ design in the tail-lights if you look closely but it's the long vertical DRLs at the front that give the design real edge. They resemble the fangs of a snarling cat (just too cool).

Remnants of the original ‘claw’ design. (Image: Glen Sullivan) Remnants of the original ‘claw’ design. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

The sophisticated sleekness is extended to the interior where you find a cabin that is flush with high-end materials and soft touch points.

The curved dashboard, high-end tech screens and the mix of Nappa leather upholstery and synthetic leather trims definitely cement its grade position. While not a fan of the green contrast stitching myself, it does create an interesting focal point.

Practicality – How practical is its space and tech inside? 7/10

Both rows have ample leg- and headroom for my 168cm height. Even my father, who is 183cm tall, felt comfortable in both rows.

The seats are comfortable and offer enough padding to be enjoyable on a long trip. The heat and massage functions on the front seats make the cabin experience feel refined but the massage function sometimes stops when the heat function is also on.

Individual storage is good for the class with the front getting some centre console storage spots, including a phone shelf, as well as a dual-opening middle console, glovebox and two cupholders. There are also a small storage bin and drink bottle holder in each door.

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In the rear, there are directional air vents, two USB-C ports, map pockets and a drink bottle holder in each door but you miss out on cup holders, an armrest and other items you might expect for this grade level, like heated outboard seats or climate control.

The other charging options are solid with the front row getting two USB-C ports, a wireless charging pad and a 12-volt socket. There is another 12-volt socket in the boot.

471L of boot capacity. (Image: Glen Sullivan) 471L of boot capacity. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

The 10-inch touchscreen multimedia system looks great and you can customise your ‘buttons panel’ to the features you use most often, which is very clever. However, the system isn’t always responsive which gets very annoying - the seat functions in particular can be laggy.

The system does feature built-in satellite navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but the multimedia system is too glitchy to truly charm.

The boot features a tyre puncture repair kit, relatively level loading space and 471L of boot capacity, which has been fine for all of my errands this week. You also get a hands-free powered tailgate, which is always handy.

Under the bonnet – What are the key stats for its engine and transmission? 8/10

The 408 GT is a front-wheel drive that has an eight-speed auto transmission and is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine and an 81kW electric motor, which produce combined outputs of 165kW/360Nm. It can do a 0-100km/h sprint in 7.8 seconds. 

1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine (Image: Glen Sullivan) 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine (Image: Glen Sullivan)

The switch between the electric and petrol components isn’t always seamless and you can feel some shudders as it flips between them at lower speeds but the power feels adequate for everyday driving.

Efficiency – What is its fuel consumption? What is its driving range? 7/10

The official combined cycle fuel consumption figure is 1.5L/100km but that’s if you were recharging the car every time the electric range dropped out.

My real-world consumption sat at 5.5L after a mix of open-road and urban driving. I only charge it every other day as that’s realistic for my family life but like all plug-ins - you will get the best efficiency if you charge it regularly.

The 408 GT has a Type 2 charging port and a small 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery that can accept up to 3.7kW of power. You get up to 60km of pure electric driving range (but I only saw a top of 38km available) and on a domestic socket, you can go from zero to 100 per cent in around six hours.

On a 7kW or 11kW AC power charger, that drops to three and a half hours. So, it’s a tad slow to charge but worth it if you can leave your car on charge overnight.

Driving – What's it like to drive? 7/10

The 408 GT has more than enough power to be a comfortable open-roader. You can keep your speed consistent on hills and it has enough gumption to cross traffic quickly in an urban environment.

Steering is responsive and the car is easy to manoeuvre in close quarters but the lane-keeping aid does severe corrections, so have your wits about you when you’re on the go because it can be a fright when the wheel starts fighting you.

Enough power to be a comfortable open-roader. (Image: Glen Sullivan) Enough power to be a comfortable open-roader. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

With the ride comfort, there can be vibrations through the seats and steering wheel depending on the road surface and you’ll know about it when you hit a bump. It’s okay enough to not be classed as rough but it’s not as refined as you'd hope.

The 180-degree camera system needs work (Image: Glen Sullivan) The 180-degree camera system needs work (Image: Glen Sullivan)

Despite the narrow rear window, the visibility is actually very good and it’s easy enough to park but the 180-degree camera system needs work.

You'll end up using the straight reversing camera because you need to ‘drive’ over the space for an image to pop up for the '180-degree' view and by the time it does, you’ve parked anyway!

Safety – What safety equipment is fitted? What is its safety rating? 8/10

The 408 is so new that it doesn’t have an ANCAP safety rating but it has a long list of safety features that it might not worry you.

That list includes all of the biggies like rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and AEB.

It also includes a driver attention alert, dusk-sensing auto lights, tyre pressure monitoring, lane departure and keeping aids, traffic sign recognition, intelligent seatbelt warning and adaptive cruise control.

Parking is sorted with the 180-degree view camera system and front and rear parking sensors.

The 408 only features six airbags, which is low, and is missing out on the newer front centre airbag and even a drivers knee airbag.

For any families out there, the rear features ISOFIX child-seat mounts on the outboard seats and three top-tether anchor points. Two seats will fit best, though.

Ownership – What warranty is offered? What are its service intervals? What are its running costs? 8/10

The 408 comes with a usual warranty term of five-years/unlimited km and the battery is covered by an eight-year or up to 160,000km warranty.

You can pre-purchase three, four, or five-years worth of services, which all work out to be cheaper than the pay-as-you-go option. It costs $1200 (three-years), $1700 (four-years), and $2000 for the five-year plan.

On the five-year plan, services average $400, which is reasonable for the class. Servicing intervals are also good at every 12 months/15,000km, whichever occurs first.

The Peugeot 408 GT plug-in hybrid features tech that could be improved upon and like all plug-ins, you get the best economy if you regularly charge it and that’s not always realistic. It is a little expensive compared to its rivals but sports a killer design that looks fresh and the cabin is roomy with nice features.


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