When in France, drive what the French drive, right? If you’re planning a long trip to France this year—or any other European country, for that matter—it makes sense to secure the perfect vehicle to get you around without the hassle of public transportation.
Here’s a beginner's guide to 2016 Peugeot models that you will be able to choose from Auto France, the exclusive Peugeot rental agency for France.
Peugeot is really excited about the changes in the 208 Economy size vehicle. The 208 line has been a best seller since introduced in 2012. The 2016 GT line version is a sporty compact that comes in three colors: Orange Power, Menthol White and Lime Yellow and inaugurates the iCockpit. The touch screen on the dashboard allows for a mirror image of what’s behind you for easier backing up. Touching the Activity Brake enables safer stopping in city conditions.
The 208 is just as enjoyable and safe on the highway. The Menthol/White or Lime/Yellow combination are featured on the front panel, grille, fog lamps, door mirror shells, and on the interior door handles, stitching on the seats, the steering wheel and transmission handle.
Another change are two-tone LED headlights, while the rear has 3D LED “claws” along with regular lights. The 208 has the best gas efficiency in Europe, using 2.0 liters over 100 km with a 43-liter diesel tank. This sounds like a good option for the environmentally conscious student studying at the Sorbonne during the week, who wants to see the countryside on the weekend.
The 2008 is based on the 208, but is a medium-sized station wagon without the size of an SUV. It’s great for city driving, but just as good for trips. The 2008 is made for a variety of terrains as it has five drive choices: standard, mud, snow, sand and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) called Grip Control.
The inside is spacious and luxurious with a small steering wheel and touch screen. Everything on the dashboard is at eye level, so the driver never has to take their eyes off the road.
The three-cylinder engine might seem usual, but it reduces fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions. This combination allows the diesel HDi or gas PureTech to stop and start right away with no feeling of movement. This could be an option for retired couples spending time in France.
The 3008 provides enhanced brightness and a 5 square meters tinted panoramic glass roof. Peugeot’s concern for safety is again emphasized with a retractable display, that shows speed, cruise control, speed delimiter and the Distance Alert® system. Even the boot storage is unique. There’s three levels, a folding rear seat, door pockets and compartments. Seems like another option for extensive trips.
The 308 hatchback is lauded for its sleek body design and technological enhancements. LED front headlights provide a cat look, while the LED back lights bring new meaning to the “lion’s claw.” Lights also enhance the lights on the side mirrors and chrome grille. The 308 also features the iCockpit and a 9.7 inch touch screen. Could be another choice for the student.
The 308SW was the Car of the Year in 2014. The 2016 hasn’t skimped on the details. It is an “estate” car, which means it has fulfilled four conditions: room, volume, versatility and practicality. Like the hatchback, it has a roomy driver’s area with iCockpit and a 9.7” touch screen.
The handling is superb with features such as ESP, blind spot monitoring, collision risk alert (CRA) and Automatic Emergency Braking, Park and Hill Assist and Efficient Automatic Transmission 6, which helps reduce CO2 emissions. Driving business people in the 308SW could seal a deal.
Peugeot call its 4008 SUV “urban chic goes outdoors.” It incorporates the safety measures and fuel efficiency of the other models – an SUV that’s not a gas guzzler-- with luxurious style and eminent comfort. If you’re looking for an all-terrain vehicle that can handle mountain roads and city pot holes, go for the 4008.
The 5008 model’s assets are its beautiful exterior, incredibly smooth drive, ergonomic driver’s seat, comfort in a small place, a glass roof and wind screen providing great views for all passengers, as well as exceptional light. The pop-up screen provides a myriad of visual driving assistance information.
Is rain washing out the camping trip? Don’t worry. The 5008 is incredibly adaptable from its 2-3-2 seating. One, two three or all five back seats can fold down. When the kids are bored on the long trips, there are 7” screens built into the two front headrests. Electronic devices can be connected to the screen.
Peugeot 508 and 508SW
Don’t need a SUV, because it’s just the four of you, but would still like the space, comfort, luxury and beautiful ride of the 5008? Remove a 0, and try the 508 sedan or 508SW. A 7” touch screen and driving aids like hands-free access and starting, reversing camera, parking and blind spot monitoring are among the features.
The Partner and Partner Teepee is a differently crafted SUV, but loaded with technological features. The Navigation includes European maps, speed limits and traffic patterns. Sounds good for travelling.
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