January 21, 2009

CKD Peugeot 308 - Sneak Peek

Anything launched by Peugeot is worth waiting for. It's because Peugeot has a knack for incorporating extraordinary design ideas into mainstream cars.

The huge windshield, pointy face and stepped butt all add up to a futuristic shape that hides its height well. The front end features the familiar Peugeot gaping-mouth grille and catlike headlights.

Interior quality is improved, and there is more space for driver and passengers. Cabin materials include a nice rubbery dashboard which is soft to the touch, unlike 206 hard plastics. The upper door sills are also covered in thin rubber, but they simply cover hard plastic underneath. At least all armrests are padded to keep things comfortable. Rear legroom is ample for the class.The good-sized luggage area is shorter than that of a sedan, but the available height makes up for it. There are small storage spaces around the cabin.

The CKD 308 THP has a 140hp 1.6-litre 4-cylinder with a turbocharger tacked on. The turbo makes itself heard with slight whooshing sounds. On paper it clocks off a 0-to-100 kph in less than 10 seconds, which is in my opinion better than any equivalent car - thanks to the impressive 240Nm of torque constantly available from 1,400rpm all the way to 5,000rpm.

The 308 THP is more like a budget racer - at around RM111k it is affordable! - comes standard with add-ons that Ahbeng, drivers of Japanese econo-boxes usually spend heavily on upgrading!

The 120hp VTi [non-Turbo] shall be around RM96k which is the logical alternative for the less spirited drivers.

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