Peugeot 408 Turbo Test Drive Review in Queensbay Mall
Few months back, I was shopping at Queensbay Mall, Penang with my girlfriend. Coincidentally, there was a Peugeot roadshow. Without any hesitation, we registered ourselves for a test drive. I chose the Peugeot 408 Turbo car for my test drive. Oh yeah, turbo car! This is the first turbo car and first Peugeot car I have ever test drive and I was so excited about it. My girlfriend used to tell me the Peugeot logo looks like a mutated cat and she always called it “mutant cat”. She is funny, isn’t she? LOL.
After waiting for almost half an hour, finally it was our turn to test the Peugeot 408 Turbo. We heeded to the European, turbocharged car which parked outside Queensbay Mall. The moment I entered this C-segment sedan vehicle, I was impressed by the comfortable and pleasant feeling inside the car. The interior of Peugeot 408 Turbo is classic yet luxurious, refined with a European black dashboard and dark luxury leather seats.
However, we did not feel that car does come with turbocharge as the interior is not the sporty type and it didn’t give us the “fast car feel” as with Japanese turbo cars. The engine sound during idling is as quiet as the Honda Civic 1.8S which I test drive previously.
The Peugeot 408 Turbo comes with dual air-conditioning with digital display and which is controlled using a stylish turning knob and it even has rear air conditioning. The gear knob and the gear plate come in chrome color which outshines the whole interior. The panel meter comes with white classic dial meters and there is an LCD information display to show the average fuel consumption, distance of the trips and other important information that puts the driver at ease.
After exploring and having fun with the interior and features available inside the cabin of Peugeot 408 Turbo, we were ready to vroom around the city. We started heading off to the Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Penang where there is a long straight highway road to test out the turbocharged car. The moment I stepped on the pedal, the Peugeot 408 Turbo move effortlessly.
The Peugeot 408 Turbo gave me the feeling that the car is so LIGHT. It was like the lightest car I ever drove in my life. Thanks to the EP6CDT Engine 1.6L 4 cylinder, DOHC 16 valve, Twin Scroll Turbo High Pressure with VVT (variable valve timing). It is very well tuned and this engine delivers one of the best performance for a car in the C segment. Peugeot 408 Turbo gives Power: 163hp@6000rpm, Torque: 240Nm@1400 – 4250rpm.
On the highway, I managed to push this Peugeot 408 Turbo to the max by flooring the accelerator pedal and armed with 6 speed auto adaptive transmission with tiptronic & Sport mode, the car immediately accelerated without much lag and we could feel the G-force holding us back to the seats during the powerful acceleration. From here you know how powerful this car is and it was so much fun with the responsive 6 speed sport transmission! I never felt so strong a pulling force in any car that I’d tested before this, not even Toyota Camry 2.0G 2011, Honda Civic 1.8S, and my Vios 1.5J. During harsh acceleration, the engine does roar but at an acceptable noise level and I was enjoying the ‘vroom’ sound that the Peugeot 408 Turbo produced.
Handling of Peugeot 408 Turbo is impressive too, the steering is stiff yet precise during high speed (110km/h) and steering is light when at slower speed. Peugeot 408 Turbo is equipped with macpherson strut suspension and wide 17 inches with stylish 8-spokes wheels which give fantastic stability during cruising at high-speed and provide solid stiff handling at harsh cornering without creating much body-roll.
Peugeot 408 2.0 comes standard with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) while the Peugeot 408 Turbo comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Anti-skid Regulation (ASR). Peugeot 408 Turbo has 6 airbags to keep the driver and passengers safe too. It was such a wonderful experience to get to try out the Peugeot 408 Turbo which is priced at RM125,888.
After the test drive session, each of us get a Peugeot umbrella and a recycle bag. I am so satisfied and happy with the event held by the Peugeot. We will definitely be there again if there is another roadshow by Peugeot.
Thanks to Yuen89 Blog for allowing me to use his photos.
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