Peugeot 408. What do 308 and 3008 owners think?

Peugeot 408. What do 308 and 3008 owners think?


With the 408, Peugeot is investing in a new segment, that of crossovers, and is planning to win new customers. What about the current owners? Would they be willing to buy it? To find out, the editors of L’argus invited three owners of models of the brand to Simba.

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Peugeot loaned us a 408 with a guarantee of 3 owners of models from the Simba brand.

Matthieu Meheust / L’argus


Who better than a Peugeot owner to judge… Peugeot? A few days after the official presentation of the new 408, the editorial staff of Controversy grabbed the crossover key to Submit it to the judgment of three Simba brand model owners: Ronan, owner of 2018 3008 GT Line, Justine, owner of 2019 Peugeot 308 GT Line and Renaud, owner of 2020 5008 Allure.

Lovely style

If our three main characters really appreciate the design of their models, listening to them, The Peugeot 408 is no different. Ronan finds her “beautiful and aggressive”, Renaud considers her “completely atypical in her line” while Justine says she is “broken” by her appearance between a sedan and an SUV. This position, Ronan finds “interesting”. Renaud is seduced by this “fastback” profile and Justine “loves” the cat ears and spoiler which she finds “sharp and attractive”. Ronan also has a crush on this spoiler that gives the 408 a “very badass look”. With this big styling preference, the crossover is sure to turn heads on every ride. Now let’s see what our owners think about the interior of this Peugeot.

A stay that is amazing

Since we were in the back of the car, let’s sit there and open the trunk. The tailgate, automatic on this GT version, is appreciated by Renaud who also finds that the opening is wide and therefore much appreciated. Justine for her part finds this panel attached to the rear window “intelligent” as do the pull tabs on either side of the risers that allow the seat backs to be folded down in a snap. Ronan, who appreciates the low load, however finds that the trunk doesn’t offer enough volume for his needs. An observation shared by Renaud, especially on this rechargeable hybrid version whose capabilities are also limited by the presence of the Focal sound system. In the back seats, all welcome space. The significant space provided for the legs and for the level of the patrons on the roof is suitable for larger templates.

In the driving position, our three owners say “not to be out of place”. However, the arrival of a larger touchpad and a more responsive multimedia system is welcome. They also appreciate that the automatic gearbox cobra gear lever has been removed with a small lever. This saves storage space but also, and above all, cleans up the center console. Note that the 408 will only be offered with an automatic gearbox and petrol engines: standard or turbocharged hybrid.

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Peugeot 408 rear drives

The radical 408 splits. This development of black plastic is not always the same.

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So, are they buying or not?

After sitting behind the wheel, it’s time to take stock of our three “beta testers”. In general, the Peugeot 408 convinces them, especially from the point of view of design, housing and equipment. Renaud says he is “very surprised” and Justine finds him “very attractive”. However, a young woman finds the 408 size “too compelling” for everyday urban use. “Even if it’s only €2,000 more expensive than the 308*, I prefer to stay with the smaller car,” he assures us.

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Peugeot 408 drives

The Peugeot 408 will go on sale in January 2023.

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Ronan for his part admits that, “if he had no restrictions”, he could allow himself to be tempted. As for Renaud, if he didn’t have a “big family” (for sure), he would have been tempted. So it’s almost a complete box of the latest creations from the Peugeot workshops! And you, what do you say about it? To judge, we will see each other in January 2023 by agreement or at the Paris Motor Show, where the crossover will star at the Peugeot stand from October 17 to 23, 2022.

*based on our estimates

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