PEUGEOT’s new 408 has arrived
Bringing with it a striking look and a range of efficient engines, along with a fully electric version that is set to join the ranks later on. Utilising a ‘fastback’ bodystyle, the PEUGEOT 408 is set to stand out from the crowd - but it does have a number of rivals to go up against.
Here, we’re going to take a look through some of the cars that the 408 will have to fend off in order to get to the top of the pile.
Audi Q3 Sportback
Audi has been quickly ramping up the number of ‘Sportback’ variants it offers and the Q3 is one of the latest to get the coupe-influenced design. Retaining the regular Q3’s well-made cabin and smart design, the Sportback simply takes its exterior look and adds in a little extra drama.
Decidedly premium inside, the Q3 Sportback is a great option for drivers who want a compact SUV that’ll stand out from the crowd.
Volkswagen’s T-Roc is one of its most popular models, with its practicality and robust build quality being two key draws to this model. It’s also a very easy size of car to live with; parking and positioning the T-Roc at low speeds is a doddle.
There’s also an impressive R version which uses a punchy 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and four-wheel-drive to deliver some serious performance.
BMW has a wide range of SUVs and crossovers, but the X2 sits on the more compact end of the spectrum. It’s still got the same driver-focused approach that you’d expect from a BMW, but it builds on this with a spacious cabin and a good-looking exterior.
It’s available with a wide range of engines, too, including an efficient plug-in hybrid.
Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque has been a huge hit for Land Rover, with this pint-sized off-roader taking everything people love about the firm’s larger SUVs and compressing it into a smaller and more affordable package.
The latest version has taken the Evoque’s premium feel to a new level, yet while retaining the same look and charm as its predecessor.
You might think of the traditional hatch when Mini is mentioned, but the Countryman is a model for those who need a little extra space from their retro-inspired car. It’s got the same sense of fun as the hatch, mind you, and is still good to drive, too.
Like others here it’s available as an efficient plug-in hybrid, which delivers up to 26 miles of electric-only range.