He Peugeot 408 It was one of the most relevant releases of 2023, due to its ability to present something different without becoming a complete revolution. The obsession with the SUV segment seems to reach its ceiling when generalist brands opt for new positionings, which are usually a mix of everything that works. A raised bodya elegant and groundbreaking coupe designalong with the doses of technology defendants, have been key to its success among the media.
It fits very well at first glance, but this model ends up falling into place when you study it in detail. With a body of 4.69 meters long by 1.85 m wide and 1.48 m high, its ground clearance is 188 millimeters. This distance gives us some room for imagination, without believing that we are facing a car capable of completing a complicated off-road section. Its design does not invite us to do so either, being more refined and elegant than any SUV from the lion brand.
SUVs like the 308 and 3008, among which it is situated both in space and in dynamic sensations. Despite its coupe-drop roof, the seating position allows two adults to travel comfortably and take advantage of the 536 liters of trunk capacity (thermal versions). A capacity that is reduced to 454 liters due to the presence of the batteries in the PHEV options, such as the one tested in this 225 hp video test.
In addition, they have provided the Peugeot 408 with all the technology launched in the 308, so it has the third generation of its i-Cockpit and i-Toggles. But all this digitalization is of little use if the car does not adapt to the new needs and restrictions of Spanish roads. After a few months on the market, the most versatile variants of its range have landed: the models with soft hybridization technology. Now we have one orcommercial offer for all audiences.
Mild Hybrid models
The new ones Peugeot 408 Hybrid are now available in the brand’s catalog and configurators, but what propulsion do they have? It is a block driven system gasoline with 136 HP and 230 Nm of torque, associated with a dual-clutch gearbox called e-DCS6 that has the small electrical support of 29 HP. Is he famous 48V systemwhich barely generates 1 kilometer of electric autonomy below 30 km/h, but which grants the desired ECO environmental label.
Thanks to the recharging of the small battery, which occurs during decelerations, we will be able to move emitting 20% less than with a PureTech engine conventional from the same 408 range. Its approved consumption is 5.1 l/100 km and, when driving, we will notice the called “boost effect” or an extra acceleration in the lower area of the tachometer and a more pleasant transition between gears.
The price of these units, which will be available in the configurator from the finish Allure, part of the 33,700 euros or €287.57 /month with an entry of more than 6,000 euros and a final installment of nearly 19,000 euros financed with STELLANTIS FINANCE.