Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review

The European styled but Japanese engineered Peugeot 4008 marks the start of a new attack by the French manufacturer as it seeks to expand its marketshare in Australia.

From the outside it’s unfathomable to think the Peugeot 4008 has anything to do with its relatively over-styled brother, the Mitsubishi ASX, but underneath the pretty French styling remains a Japanese heart and soul. In fact, 4008s are built in Mitsubishi’s Okazaki factory, which also builds the ASX.

Unlike the Peugeot 4007, which was a far more obvious clone of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Peugeot designers went the extra mile to ensure the 4008 is uniquely French. For a starting price of $28,990 for the base model manual, it’s fair to say the 4008 is the best looking small SUV for the money. Perhaps only eclipsed by the slightly larger and significantly more expensive Range Rover Evoque.

So what of it then? A good-looking French-styled SUV with Japanese engineering. What’s not to like? There’s another way to look at this, firstly that the Mitsubishi ASX wasn’t exactly best in class to begin with, particularly when it’s now pitched against the likes of Volkswagen’s Tiguan. Furthermore, Peugeot has decided to stick with a petrol only approach for phase one of the 4008’s launch, despite the brand’s heritage as a leader in diesel technology and the availability of an ASX diesel (manual).

Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review

This may seem like a rather substantial error in judgement but research shows that currently only 14 percent of small SUV buyers opt out for a diesel (80 percent of which is automatic), with the majority remaining loyal to petrol automatics. That means a Peugeot 4008 with a diesel offered as a manual only will have an extremely limited appeal. The French are working on a diesel automatic variant which is likely to arrive sometime next year.

The Pegueot 4008 is available as a front-wheel drive or 4WD with both configurations powered by the one engine choice: the same 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine from the ASX. That’s 110kW of power and 197Nm of torque coupled to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Given the 1375kg weight (up to 1470kg for the 4WD auto), it’s a lot of weight to pull for less than 200Nm.

On the road the 4008 doesn’t actually feel slow and, not surprisingly (given the weight difference), the fastest model is actually the cheapest model, the Active manual 2WD. That can go from 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds, a good 1.6 seconds faster than the range-topping 4WD auto (Allure). That poses a slight problem for the 4008 range because the CVT transmission fails to make much of an impact low down in the rev range as it always seems to be asking for more torque, very similar to the ASX. Given that 80 percent of buyers are likely to go for the CVT, it further compounds the issue.

Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review

We began our test drive by leaving the Stamford hotel and heading towards Sydney’s outskirts to test the 4008 on numerous dirt and country roads. Coupled to Mitsubishi’s CVT system the 4008 felt more than good enough for everyday city and suburban driving. You would find it a challenge to realise there was anything unusual about the automatic as it masks its CVT DNA well. Until it comes to merging on to a highway. If you ever completely floor the accelerator, the engine sits on a preset RPM and makes a great deal of noise to get up to speed. This is not uncommon for Mitsubishi CVTs (and has been our biggest criticism for both the ASX and Lancer, which use the same system) but by industry standards, it’s a lot of noise for not much oomph. It’s a shame a traditional six-speed automatic couldn’t be used instead.

The manual (4WD tested) drives like an entirely different car. Despite only having five gears, acceleration feel and overall pulling power is hugely improved (comparing 4WD manual to 4WD CVT). It also makes a lot less noise in the process. Around the twisty stuff the 4008 is generally well balanced and corners with relative ease.

In 2WD mode there is hints of torquesteer coming out of corners but leave it in 4WD and the problem will quickly dissipate. It’s similar in feel to the Volkswagen Tiguan in how it grips but the ride can be a tad harsher if you frequent B-grade roads. Peugeot engineers widened the ASX’s front and rear tracks by 10 mm and recalibrated the suspension and steering to give the 4008 a more European feel, so it’s noticeably superior in this regard to its Japanese twin.

Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review

On loose surface or dirt roads the steering can become a little shaky and kickback around corners if you begin to push a little. However, it’s unlikely to be an issue for the majority of buyers who will never leave the bitumen. What most buyers really care about is the exterior and interior styling, reliability and servicing costs.

There’s no doubt the 4008 is a good-looking car on the outside, but what of the inside? Although photos would suggest it’s very similar-looking to the ASX, the actual touch and feel is noticeably different. Soft touch plastics and black decoration of the centre console (piano black in Allure) add a better cabin ambience. As does the steering wheel, which is the easiest way to tell you’re not in a Mitsubishi (although the indicator is on the right side, which is very un-European). There is ample head and legroom in the front and rear seats, so you can fit four large adults with ease and a fifth if need be. Overall, the interior is by no means as good as a 508 or even a 3008, but it’s too bad either.

Standard across the 4008 range is Bluetooth telephone connectivity and audio streaming, reversing camera (built into the mirror), rear parking-sensors and privacy glass. 16-inch alloy wheels ($1000 option for 18s), six speaker audio system, steering wheel audio controls, USB connectivity, front fog lights, LED daytime-running lights, automatic headlights and wipers, automatic air conditioning, cruise control and seven airbags are also all thrown in for no extra charge.

Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review

The French are putting this car up against the Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Subaru XV and even the Nissan Dualis. In reality it sits somewhere between the Tiguan and the XV, in that it offers reasonable 4WD capability and European status (even if it’s Japanese engineered and made). The real question is, how does it stack up against its only European rival?

The Volkswagen small SUV has four different engine configurations, but if you compare the two base models, the front-wheel 4008 ($28,990) and Tiguan ($28,490) start within $500 of each other. The Tiguan has the upper hand with a six-speed manual coupled to a 1.4-liter turbo. The engine size may seem incomprehensible given the size of the thing but the Germans are the masters of downsizing with turbocharging technology. So much so that the little 1.4-litre turbo puts out 8kW and 43Nm more power and torque than the 2.0-litre Mitsubishi sourced engine. That means the torque that the 4008 lacks low in the rev range is a non-issue in the Tiguan. From here on though, it gets a little confusing as Tiguan’s prices start to get rather expensive (in comparison) with more powerful petrol and diesel engines. In fact, the cheapest automatic Tiguan is a good $4,500 more than a 4008 CVT.

So not only does the Peugeot 4008 have the upper hand in terms of price, but also in styling, equipment level and servicing costs. This is important because research shows that buyers of small SUVs are 40 percent more likely to pick a car simply based on how it looks. As for servicing, Peugeot guarantees that you will pay no more than $330 a year (20,000km) whilst the car is under warranty (3 years). There is a 10,000km health check and the servicing schedules are every 20,000km (as oppose to 15,000 for ASX). Another win for Peugeot in the Franco-German Wars.

Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review
Peugeot 4008 Review

In summary, the Peugeot 4008 is easily in contention for being the most stylish and well-equipped European SUV for the asking price. An ideal suburban SUV that marries French styling with Japanese reliability and engineering. It lacks a bit of torque when coupled to a CVT and it may not be as technically advanced as the Volkswagen Tiguan, but the high levels of standard equipment and lower servicing costs will almost guarantee that Peugeot will sell its 900 units for the remainder of 2012.

Peugeot 4008 Pricing:

  • 2.0 Active 2WD manual: $28,990
  • 2.0 Active 2WD CVT: $31,490
  • 2.0 Active AWD manual: $30,990
  • 2.0 Active AWD CVT: $33,490
  • 2.0 Allure AWD CVT: $38,490

Peugeot 4008 Options:

  • Metallic paint is $800 or $1300 for premium paint.
  • 18-inch alloys wheels and side chrome door sills for $1000 (Active only)
  • Above plus a full leather interior for $3000 (Active only).
  • Satellite navigation with a full screen colour rear camera and DVD player for $1495 (both models).

  • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

    Although this is a European car, Mazda’s CX-5 and Subaru XV’s interior, I think are still much nicer than this. 

  • NeilM

    I was really excited about this vehicle – until I discovered the lack of diesel or turbo petrol.

  • D987

    Wow, that servicing sure is great value, Mazda should take note.

    • Yu2

      Shouldn’t volkswagen also ‘take note’ ??

      • Smart US

         get ASX with better service cost, longer warranty and ego back in place…

      • D987

         Yes, I have heard this but as I haven’t owned one myself so I don’t really know how true it is.
        My Mazda was costing about $1000 p.a to service thanks to the stupid 6 month intervals.

  • Sam

    So only 14 % of small suv owners opt for a diesel?
    Hmmm, now why would that be ?
    Maybe coz until very recently there were only very few available?
    Not much of a point there Alborz.

    • Alborz Fallah

      You’re right. The diesel uptake is proportional to what’s on offer, but the Volkswagen Tiguan has always been available with a diesel. 

    • Dsc

      Perhaps people just are not really interested in a diesel??

  • Shiit

    German’s are also the masters of creating unreliable cars..

    There are exception such as their larger displacement options, but those are out of reach for almost every consumer..

    I like what Volkswagen are doing in Australia, they’re creating a ‘price trap’ in that they’re offering almost every model of their cars in a configuration that is cheaper then its rivals (poverty pack) and then the pricing takes off from there..

    • Legnab

      So its called smart marketing , they all do it , and they are reliable , best diesels on the market by far .

    • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

      Mercedes isn’t too bad, they’ve made it to the top 6 in terms of reliability.  

    • Phil

      In the 2012 USA Dependability survey which measures the number of faults owners report with their cars, a German brand came second and another independent German brand came sixth.
      Looking at the other brands and their homelands in the top ten – Scion, Toyota and Lexus are all the same company so that’s really only one result for Japan. Ford and Lincoln are both the same company so that’s one for USA. Cadillac and Buick are the same company so thats number 2 for USA. All that’s left is Hyundai which squeezed into tenth spot.

      It was a similar result for 2011.

      So I find it interesting how Germans are the masters of creating unreliable cars when thousands of Consumers are actually rating the Germans quite high year after year.

      • Robin_Graves

        Nice way to bend the results around there Phil.  Porsche came second which is a great result but Porsche is a low quantity premium high $$$ brand.  The sixth place was Mercedes which does have some affordable models but have had a low score not all that long ago.  Commendable result in that they have clawed their way back to where they should be due to the premium price.  The other premium brand BMW was below industry average in 20th.  Audi was at 15th and its cousin VeeDud was at 26th hanging out with Jag and the Chryslers, hardly an inspiring result. So the only way to get a reliable German is to fork out big $$$.  The affordable VeeDud is a lemon.

        • Phil

          What bending?

          The facts remain, two German companys made it into the top ten, only one Japanese company did.

          Price has no relevance. It’s you who is trying to bend the results by claiming certains brands don’t count because they are too expensive.
          Plus if your going to whittle to results down to only include affordable brands, VW is the ONLY company in the USA to offer affordable German cars – you need a bigger sample size than one to obtain a accurate assertion that affordable German cars are unreliable. Besides, most of VWs USA offering is made in USA/America/South America anyway so if you use VW as a argument you might as well include Ford USA’s Fiesta and Focus models which are German cars but made in USA for USA market & Ford scored very well in the USA surveys.

          • Phil

            I just checked;
            – the USA Passat is made in Tennesse and accounts for ~%25 of VWs total USA sales.
            – the USA Jetta is made in Mexico and accounts for ~ %55 of USA sales.
            – the USA Beetle is made in Mexico and accounts for ~%5 of USA sales.
            – The Amarok is made in Argentina and accounts for ~%10 of USa sales.
            Look at that, around %95 of US sold VWs aren’t even made in Germany.

            VW USA is really not that much different to Ford USA.
            I might do a breakdown of them next; see how much their German designed but USA models make up their sales –  like the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion (which is just a Geman designed Mondeo made in the USA), Escape (which is just a German designed Kuga made in the USA), Edge (based on the Mondeo platform with the same ecoboost engines and gearbox) – plus Lincoln has also been doing well in surveys lately and their MKX and MKZ are both based off the Mondeo platform and share the same German designed Ecoboost engine and gearbox.
            Funny thing is Ford never really did all that well in reliability surveys in the USA  and never had any German content in their USA range but now with so much German design in their USA range their results have shot up!

            Of course none of this has anything to do with Peugeot – which is what this article is supposed to be about – and by the way, Peugeot IS NOT German. I just love the way that people on CarAdvice try to make everything about the Germans accompanied by bizarre unfounded claims.

          • Guest from Europe

             Phil come to Europe and see how much reliable are ZE German cars, lucky them they are cheap and they are protected by EU import laws/regulations or nobody would ever want them.
            on whatcar reliability survey top12 of 35 manufacturers were not European at all, all of them being Japanese and Korean cars. VW was almost near Alfa Romeo/Opel(Vauxhall) area along with BMW and so called reliable MBenzes.

  • Evanh

    Any chance to see the 4008 GTi?

    • Alborz Fallah

      Highly unlikely. 

  • Annurch

    I drove an ASX diesel manual – it was dreadful – sudden clutch up take & no revs before having to change up. I would not buy a petrol just to get an auto box. I prefer a 6 speed auto box diesel like the 407 I currently drive – 64,000 in 18 months at avg 6.2l/100km :-) Ann


    While its the best built and quality “peugeot” its a total fraud


  • lion

    How is a a total fraud David?

    • DAVIDZ

      how do u spell mitsubishi asx?

      • Smart US

         like it… good one

      • lion

        So all Citroen’s are frauds? Ford Fiesta/Focus and Mondeo, because they run Peugeot diesels, Skoda because they are all VW’s in disguise? 

  • Adam

    There certainly is an uptake, I’ve already seen a number of them on the road and they do look great in the flesh.

  • Dave

    While the engine sounds a bit uninspiring, I think the concept works really well…a Peugeot badge, Japanese reliability and fixed price servicing…looking forward to testing one out!

    • Phil

      Japanese reliability? Japanese reliability is not constant.

      There is Toyota and Honda right at the top of all the reliability surveys…….then there is Mitsubishi and Suzuki right at the bottom – in a similar position to where Peugeot usually is.

      • Ima_Hogg

        Phil Mistubishi make the most reliable cars around. My Paj not one single problem and for the three years I owned a magna and not one single problem.

        • Eh

           I agree, my 13 years old Lancer bought from new no problems at all still happy with it.

        • Phil

          Oh I’m sure if you ask around, you could easily find a small number of people who’d owned a Peugeot for a period of time and never had a problem with it.
          However go through tens of thousands of owners across mutiple surveys and you’ll find the same thing – Mitsubishi and Suzuki rank down the bottom, so plenty of owners ARE experiencing faults with their cars.

          The other Jap brands – Nissan/Mazda/Subaru get varying results generally around the middle.
          This common claim that Japanese automatically means reliable is nonsense. Some are reliable, some aren’t.

          Besides Hogg, I remember you saying your Alfa Romeo had been problem free too – do you also believe Alfra Romeo make the most reliable cars?

          • Ima_Hogg

            Yes I do agree most alfas arent reliable. Subaru are the most reliable brand you can buy. You can’t kill them they only rust away. Asked The nrma bloke if he had seen many 380s and he said none except for a few for new batteries. I myself believe Japanese cars are the most reliable but you may not but thats your opinion.

          • Phil

            What are you basing your opinions on?

            CarAdvice publishes consumer survey results on how many faults are found on peoples cars. Why don’t you read them?

            The 2012 USA “dependability” survey only found Toyota brands in the top 10. No other Japanese company made it in.
            Honda squeezed in just above the industry average but outside the top 10. All other Japanese brands rated below average including Subaru.
            The 2011 survey was almost idential – Toyota and Honda near the top, all the remaining Japanese brands near the bottom.

            Then have a look at the USA “inital quality surveys” same results again: no Japanese companys other than Honda and Toyota brands make it above the industry average – all the other Jap brands below average.

            Same result for the UK “Satisfaction surveys” Toyota and Honda above average, all other Japanese brands below average.

            If Subaru/Mitsubishi are truly the most reliable cars around, you’d think they’d be consistantly be rating in the top ten or at least above average. But no, year in year out they consistantly record below average results. Perhaps that explains why they never really achieve any market growth.

          • F1MotoGP

            Each survey for reliability or customer satisfaction is different from US, Europe and Asia. Here is one from Germany.
            Latest JD Power car ownership survey, conducted in Germany, ranks Scandinavian brand top for satisfaction.
            Volvo scoring 841 to pip German brands Mercedes-Benz (second; 839
            points), Audi (equal sixth; 820), BMW (eighth; 815) and Volkswagen,
            which fell below the industry average score of 807, ranking 12th with
            806 points.

            The lowest-scoring brands included General Motors-owned brand Chevrolet,
            which scored just 730 points to take 28th spot – 44 points behind its
            nearest competitor, Citroen (774). Mitsubishi (776), Daihatsu (777) and
            Smart (779) rounded out the bottom five. 

            Source: drive 22 May 2012

          • Smart US

             phil u are good on statistics… and research… i own Mits for some time and had Mirage – Magna – and now 380… no probs at all… driving perfect… my in-laws have VW passat with so many probs they call it M. Monroe… although i agreed Id stay away from French cars…

          • Phil

            Wow, so you’ve been through 3 cars in what, 10- 15 years?
            So the average life of your Mitsubishi is what, 5 years each?

            People expect cars to last longer than that these days.

          • Ima_Hogg

            Mate this is an Australian Site. I say our Mistubishi’s are more reliable. Mainly the Magna and 380 that were made in Australian and the Lancers in Japan. You said the Us dependability survey not the Uk. American cars are different because they are left hand drive not right. So a different factory would make them. Why do you hate Japanese cars so much? Pearl Harbour?

          • Phil

            Wow Hogg……

            Have a read of my comments above….”UK SURVEY”. I mentioned both the UK AND the USA surveys.
            Also F1Moto has kindly added the German survey and look…..Mitsubishi right down to bottom once again.
            All around the world, left hand drive or right hand drive, Mitsubishi can be found at the bottom of the surveys.

            Now go read your comment from yesterday thats just below where you said; “no matter what way you look at it, Japanese cars will always be more reliable’………..yet today your saying they’re not reliable when they’re in left hand drive not right? Or when they’re from a different factory. Oh dear, you do make me laugh.

            I don’t hate Japanese cars, I merely pointed out some incorrect assertions. Geez, if you’d only read my comments properly before you open your mouth in response you’d see that I mention Toyota and Honda as being high achievers several times.

          • Ima_Hogg

            Your basing your knowledge on Americans? We live in Australia not America. Our supply is different. No matter what way you look at it Japanese cars will always be more reliable Than cars from all the other countrys around the world.

          • Phil

            It’s funny how you contradict yourself. Your implying that our supply is different so data from other parts of the world can’t be used. But then you say “no matter what, Japanese will always be more reliable”…….
            So what are you trying to say? That the American market Japanese cars aren’t reliable but the Australian market ones are?
            Or are Japanese cars reliable all over the world – in which case knowledge from America is perfectly relevant?

            How would our supply of Japanese cars be of any different quality to the supply to America? Do they have different levels of quality control? Do tell.

            By the way, the UK is not in America.

          • Ima_Hogg

            Every mitsu owner I have talked to said their car had never missed a beat. Sorry thats my ideas you have your silly ideas and I will have my correct ideas.

      • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

        Suzuki is also at the top for some of its cars. Say, the Swift, it’s a very reliable car. 

      • Robin_Graves

        And VeeDud are below both Suzuki and Mitsubishi.

        • Phil

          Right, so in a article about Peugeot and a discussion about Japanese brands, suddenly VW needs to be mentioned? You truly are the king of relevance,

          Your not particularly correct either. VW are below those two on a few surveys but on the whole they are above on the majority – every UK survey has VW well above (purchasing manuals instead of DSGs probably works wonders for VW reliability), the 2011 US initial quality survey has VW above both and above Mitsubishi in 2010.
          In the handful of surveys that has VW below those two, they’re basically tied anyway with only a tiny margin seperating them. In the 2011 US dependability results, these three brands took out 28th, 29th and 30th spot.Little wonder that VW and Suzuki were working on a partnership at one stage?

          • Aaarrrgh!

            AAAARRRGH!!! Phil, PLEASE stop writing ‘your’ when you mean ‘you’re’. It makes your posts lose all credibility.

  • Ima_Hogg

    That is one ugly car.

    • birdseye

      Your eyes must be painted on 😉

      • Igomi Watabi

        nah, he’s right. It’s terrible.

  • Airwalk1

    At the top end of the scale both the Tiguan and the Sportage are miles ahead of this model at almost every level. Its a nice looking car but not so nice that I couldn’t get somethnig better for the same money.

    • tiger

      Top end of the scale??  Sportage does not rate a mention at the top end sorry. This car has not even been released and as usual the experts are out in force passing judgement. 

  • Robj

    All these mini’s SUV’s are quite useless….nice wheels though…

  • TJ

     My mind is split in two with this car.

    I think Peugeot exterior design flair, Japanese reliability and a long, long standard feature list. But then I think merely adequate petrol engine and CVT, no diesel and an interior that looks too glorified ASX (gloss black plastic does little to hide the origins).

  • YummyMummy.

    I love it, as they say the yummy mummys will love it and yep I do! I am 35 with two small kids and feel this vehicle stacks up in many ways for all of my needs AND at a surprisingly good price when compared with what I can get in a similar class of car from Hyundai, Suzuki, Kia etc etc…The Peugeot has a nice finish inside and out and has that head turning factor. This is a car that alot of women/mums are going to love. They look like they are being released here in Australia next month so I will be taking myself off for a test drive for sure.    

  • Podgedog

     isn’t the 2.0 Allure AWD CVT: $38,490 about the same price as the CX5 Sports Petrol, which comes with GPS standard?

Peugeot 4008 Specs

Car Details
ALLURE (4x4)
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$22,440 - $25,500
Dealer Retail
$23,310 - $27,720
Dealer Trade
$17,600 - $20,400
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
197Nm @  4200rpm
Max. Power
110kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1050  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
225/55 R18
Rear Tyres
225/55 R18
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Control & Handling
Traction Control System
Trip Computer
Xenon Headlights
Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Eng Scuttle
Country of Origin