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Updated Peugeot 408 test drive SP

Designers are like plastic surgeons, drew the sedan a new face in a fresh corporate style, and the engineers changed the transmission. Understand whether the car is more suitable for the Russian market.

Peugeot 408 6 speed automatic became much nicer: you can go!Peugeot 408 6 speed automatic became much nicer: you can go!

Upgrade to Peugeot 408 on the expression “French charm” knew firsthand. Peugeot 308 came to us in the guise of a typical representative of the third world countries automotive: minivantoyota from the front end 308 attached to a trunk — line turned out a bit odd, resembling a carp. Not added to the car’s appeal and huge slanting headlights. Maybe it’s the appearance that deterred our customers. After all, the rest of the 408th is a very worthy machine. Well, if you do not take into account the ancient and lamouchi automatic AT8. The French understand this very well, because major changes have affected the exterior, and transmission.

Craving for beauty

Designers are like plastic surgeons, drew the sedan a new face in a fresh corporate style. Forgotten stop at the hood headlights, front bumper, stopped silly smile. Peugeot 408 has become stricter, as befits a fairly large sedan. Gamma exterior colors to match — no colors, all color matched like a dull summer this year.

The interior has not changed, if not considered “filed” wheel rim and metal inserts in the grip. I wonder what will stick with them in the winter? After all, the steering wheel heating is not provided.

The interior has not changed, only the other wheel and multimediasystem.The interior has not changed, only the other wheel and multimediasystem.
White appliances with radial “odd” numbering need getting used to.White appliances with radial “odd” numbering need getting used to. Dual-zone climate control has not changed. Rotating washer undignified backlash.Dual-zone climate control has not changed. Rotating washer undignified backlash. In the Arsenal is the rear view camera. And support MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay.In the Arsenal is the rear view camera. And support MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay.

Honestly, salon 408 th I’ve always liked. And not only because I look at the dashboard through the steering wheel and not on top of it, as in many current Peugeot. Elegant front panel with three Central Windows of the deflectors pleasing to the eye.

The centre console now you can decorate multimediasystem with a 7-inch screen. Her performance is so-so, but you can connect your smartphone and to compensate for the absence of the regular navigation.

The rest of the “fawn” remained true to himself: sitting on the spacious back row can cast the legs and the trunk is almost bottomless.

Stairs of success

One of the reasons makes people to shy away from 408 th‑ancient 4-speed automatic AT8. Not only that, the whole thrust mercilessly smeared on phlegmatic switching and stretched transmission, and reliability trouble. Now with both engines — a 115‑strong atmospheric and 150‑horsepower turbo — aggregated 6-speed Aisin AT6.

Not to say that with the new automatic 115 HP sedan enchants with dynamics, but it clearly went up. Not to mention the convenience of traction control — overtaking comes easy to you.

Car with 150-horsepower turbo engine is slightly disappointed: she’s not very bright! Only after 100 km/h the difference becomes clear: turboscan continues strong acceleration, while the aspirated visibly losing.

Engine now only one capacity of 115 HP; 120 HP engine, a joint development with BMW disappeared from the scheme.Engine now only one capacity of 115 HP; 120 HP engine, a joint development with BMW disappeared from the scheme.

The less powerful Peugeot 408 you can buy with a 5-speed manual transmission. And in the engine range left a 114‑horsepower diesel engine combined with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the 120‑horsepower gasoline engine was sent into retirement. The chassis is not touched, because with him at 408‑th was not a problem. Suspension is great for long trips, and the quality of the road, whether highway or scarred patching highway does not play a decisive role. Comfortable movement is fueled by great sound insulation, which can pass except in front of the roaring engine. But if you do not remove the gas pedal from the floor, and if you go “in boldery”, then the motor will not bother.

As to the handling, the response 408 to the wheel of a sedate and unhurried, but precise. Amplifier honestly fills the wheel weight according to the growth speed, the car safely standing on the arc. Without any particular emotion, but reliable and predictable.

Front seat padding do not have robust lateral support, but in a long journey comfortable.Front seat padding do not have robust lateral support, but in a long journey comfortable. Spacious rear row — the dream of taxi driver. The passengers — their Gill ventilation.Spacious rear row — the dream of taxi driver. The passengers — their Gill ventilation.

Misunderstood

In my opinion, the previous Peugeot 408 is one of the most underrated cars in our market. Now refreshed appearance and travel machine should fix it, but I’m not expecting a breakthrough. The price tag is no more attractive than that of rivals: almost a million for the basic car. I have a suspicion that Skoda Octavia will retain a tenfold superiority in sales.

Peugeot 408 is a smart choice for heartland. Not good sports handling, but surely digests the broken roads.Peugeot 408 is a smart choice for heartland. Not good sports handling, but surely digests the broken roads.

Restyling and a new machine will have a second life

The price tag of a middle-aged sedan should be more modest

Peugeot 408 1.6

Peugeot 408 1.6 THP

Peugeot 408 1.6 HDI

Length/width/height/base 4703/1801/1535/2717 mm

Trunk volume (VDA) 560 l

Weight/total weight

1365/1766 kg

1419/1820 kg

1410/1810 kg

Engine

petrol, P4, 16 valves, 1587 cm3; 85 kW/115 HP at 6050 rpm and 150 nm at 4000 rpm

diesel, R4, 16 valve 1598 cm3; 110 kW/150 HP at 6000 rpm; 240 N·m at 1400 rpm

diesel, R4, 16 valve 1560 cm3; 84 kW/114 HP at 3600 Rev/min; 254 nm at 1750 rpm

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

12,5 with

9,6 from

11,4 with

Maximum speed

188 km/h

207 km/h

187 km/h

Fuel/fuel reserve

AI-95/60 l

AI-95/60 l

DT/60 l

Fuel consumption: combined cycle

6.6 l/100 km

8.2 l/100 km

4.8 l/100 km

Transmission

front-wheel drive; the A6

front-wheel drive; the A6

front-wheel drive; M6

Updated Peugeot 408 test drive Tronolane Peugeot 408 test drive, Photo: Vinogradov Alexander “Behind the wheel”

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