408 runs between 308 and 3008/508
Ground clearance: 19 cm
Trunk volume: 536-1611 l (PHEV: 471-1546 l)
Optically many bonds from the 308
The 408 is deliberately dynamic, which is mainly due to the enormously long greenhouse and the beefy rear with a large spoiler lip. Unpainted plastic on the wheel arches, sills and parts of the aprons as well as the increased ground clearance of 19 centimeters ensure a shot of robustness in the look. However, the relationship to the 308 always remains clear.
The front of the 408 is also characterized by flat LED headlights (optional matrix LED) with the typical Peugeot fang daytime running lights. The new Peugeot logo is emblazoned in the middle, behind which the sensors for the driving assistants are hidden.
With the top equipment line “GT” The inserts of the radiator grille are painted in the vehicle color, the aprons have a sportier design. The “Allure” and “Allure Pack” equipment features more restrained aprons and a differently designed grille with a chrome look.
The extremely eye-catching 20-inch rims, which are optionally available for the plug-in hybrid models, have nothing to do with restraint. Depending on the equipment, more conventional 17 or 19-inch rims are standard.
Cockpit with good standard equipment
The cockpit takes over the 408 one to one from the 308 – or rather the other way around. According to Peugeot, the cockpit architecture was actually developed for the crossover and only then decided to use it for the 308, which debuted earlier.
The only difference is the higher seating position. In addition, there is a standard 10-inch digital cockpit and Peugeot’s new infotainment generation with a 10-inch display and another screen directly below for freely assignable menu shortcuts. The impression of quality was very good when we tried the seat for the first time, although it was still a pre-series model.
Rear with little headroom and plenty of legroom
Unfortunately, the seating position for adults is suboptimal, because the flat and too short seat means there is not enough leg support. A circumstance that the 408 inherits from the 308. Nevertheless, anything less than a two-hour drive shouldn’t be a problem, even for adults in the rear.
Surprisingly much space in the trunk
There is nothing to complain about given the amazingly deep trunk. With a loading volume of 536 to 1611 liters (65 liters less in each case with the plug-in hybrids), the 408 even beats the 3008. Of course, the loading height is limited by the sloping roof line and the loading sill is a little higher. But that also applies to the competitors in this class – so nothing that you can specifically chalk up to the 408.
Gasoline and plug-in hybrids at market launch
The powertrain range is the same as that of the 308, but has been reduced somewhat for the 408. Neither the 110 hp petrol engine nor a diesel are available for the crossover. It starts instead with the 130 hp three-cylinder petrol engine. Above that are two plug-in hybrids with 180 and 225 hp system output and each around 60 kilometers of electric range.