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Peugeot 408 review

2023 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0
” Wild-looking crossover with PHEV heart “

At a glance

Price new £31,970 - £44,720
Used prices £18,540 - £34,048
Road tax cost £190 - £590
Insurance group 19 - 31
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Fuel economy 41 - 58.8 mpg
Miles per pound 6.0 - 8.6
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Available fuel types


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Pros & cons

  • Different from the SUV herd
  • Good value
  • Clean, economical engines
  • Not spacious in the rear
  • No four-wheel drive option
  • Seating position won't be to everyone's tastes

Written by James Dennison Published: 21 March 2024 Updated: 21 March 2024


This rather striking fastback is the Peugeot 408. It’s the French firm’s answer to the best family car question, along the lines of the supremely comfortable Citroen C5 X – namely, how to make a large car that’s equal parts SUV, saloon and hatchback. Expect more of the same from rival manufacturers in the coming years.

It slots into Peugeot’s range between the 308 hatchback and the 508 fastback, though with its slightly elevated driving position and raised ride height, it could also appeal to those looking at the 3008 SUV. With a marketing campaign built around ‘the power of allure’ and that standout styling, Peugeot’s clearly hoping that the 408 will appeal to people’s hearts as well as their heads.

Power comes from a choice of two plug-in hybrids or a three-cylinder petrol, while a fully electric Peugeot e-408 is on its way. Rivals include the aforementioned Citroen C5 X, but Peugeot reckons the car’s buyers will come from all corners – from popular hatchbacks and estates such as the Volkswagen Golf or Kia Ceed, upsizing from small SUVs like the Ford Puma or downsizing from larger ones examplified by the Hyundai Tucson.

Conceptually, its closest rivals are the burgeoning breed of coupe-SUVs – the Audi Q3 Sportback, Cupra Formentor, Citroen C4 or Renault Arkana – all designed for family-friendly functionality with a dose of additional style thanks to their sloping rooflines.

Peugeot offers the 408 in three well-equipped trim levels, making the buying decision easy for UK customers. All models come with LED lights front and rear, two 10.0-inch displays for instrumentation and the infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, connected navigation, a reversing camera and a raft of safety equipment. Base-spec Allure cars ride on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Stepping up to Allure Premium brings even more safety equipment, including adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, laminated front windows and 19-inch alloy wheels. The top-spec GT cars get cabin air quality monitoring, a heated steering wheel, more luxurious interior upholstery, matrix LED headlights, and a smart body-coloured grille.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Peugeot 408, including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it’s like to drive and live with – and whether we recommend buying one.