Design: aggressiveness versus classicism
Are the Peugeot 408 and the Renault Austral really direct competitors? It is true that the new family SUV of the diamond brand is positioned above all in front of the Peugeot 3008. And despite its thirteen centimeters less length, the Renault Arkana is undoubtedly closer to the 408 than to the Austral with its “ court”. Playing the raised sedans, the Peugeot 408 is in any case much more noticeable than the Austral. The latter, in fact, prefers an authentic SUV silhouette and fairly smooth lines, with a front inspired by the recent Mégane E-Tech and a more massive and vertical stern. The Austral is also somewhat smaller than the 408 (4.51 meters long compared to 4.69 meters for the Peugeot). But also a little taller (1.62 meters against 1.48 meters). Two radically opposite silhouettes, in short.
Advantage : draw, it’s up to you to see which you prefer between these two stylistic approaches
Interior presentation: opposing philosophies here too
Here are two innovations at the top of the interior technology. The Peugeot 408 uses the dashboard and equipment of the recent 308, with an angular and sporty design (10-inch central screen). For its part, the Renault Austral blows away the previous standards of the brand and shows a warmer style and two large screens (including a 12-inch one in the center console). And unlike the Peugeot, the on-board computer runs OpenR using the Google ecosystem.
Advantage : draw again
Habitability / trunk: the surprise 408
Neither the rear passengers of the Peugeot 408 nor those of the Renault Austral will lack space. Thanks to long wheelbases and good roof protection (even on the lower Peugeot), both cars show real volumes at the rear. The surprise is rather at the level of the trunk where the 408 does even better than the 3008 and its rival of the day. At 536 litres, the Peugeot actually dwarfs the Austral and its 500 liters overall. It is true that the plug-in hybrid versions of the 408 reduce this volume to 470 liters. But at the same time, the Austral E-Tech non-rechargeable hybrid drops to 430 liters. All in all, a small advantage for the 408 at this level.
Advantage : Peugeot 408 thanks to the larger trunk
Engine range: not the same approach, always
As for the engines too, the two French are opposed. The 408 lets you choose between a 130 horsepower gasoline engine and two plug-in hybrid versions of 180 and 225 horsepower. The Austral, for its part, multiplies the microhybrid gasoline engines (130, 140 and 160 horsepower) and also offers a 200 horsepower “E-Tech” simple hybrid version, which will also be available in 160 horsepower. The Renault SUV is currently unconcerned about plug-in hybrid engines, but the manufacturer recalls that its E-Tech technology would allow it to circulate “at 80% in the electric version in the city”. Finally, in the dynamic aspect, the Renault can have optional rear steering, unlike its rival. Even if Peugeot’s reputation in this area is well established, you’ll have to wait to get behind the wheel to get a real opinion.
Advantage : Another draw. The Peugeot offers plug-in hybrid versions but the non-plug-in versions of the Austral will undoubtedly cost less
Technology: Renault at the forefront?
The Peugeot 408 does not bring interesting technological innovations compared to the 308 launched last year. The latter in any case was already at an excellent level with its 3D instrumentation or its complete driving aids. But the Austral takes advantage of the superior efficiency of its famous OpenR Link system working with Google, whose lightning-fast and efficient interface makes it better than the Peugeot’s.
Advantage : Renault thanks to the OpenR Link system
The winner: Renault Austral?
We repeat, these two novelties are not exactly head-to-head competitors. And the divisive styling of Peugeot’s elevated sedan contrasts sharply with the conservatism of Renault’s SUV. Considering prices, which are probably higher for a 408 plug-in hybrid than for a simple Austral hybrid, the understated French SUV doesn’t seem too badly placed to enter the family crossover arena. Obviously we will have to wait to compare them in real life and know all the prices to form a more precise opinion, but the Austral could well surprise where we do not expect it.
Caradisiac, partner of the Paris Motor Show
As in 2018, Caradisiac is once again a partner in 2022 of the Mondial de l’Auto which will take place in Paris from October 17 to 23. Caradisiac’s editorial team will thus move to its own stand for the duration of the show to analyse, dissect, photograph and film all the new models. And this, of course, will also be an opportunity for you to come, as you are used to, to meet our journalists. What new or used car to buy? They will answer all your questions. Until then, we will give you in Caradisiac all the information that we have been able to obtain from the manufacturers about their new models.
Where : Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles
When ? From Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 October (day reserved for the press on Monday 17)
What time? From Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22: from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day; Sunday, October 23: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
the essay news It will take place in the hall from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
How much ? Two differentiated rates between the week and the weekend for adults (€16 and €20); for children from 7 to 17 years old: €8 and €10 (ie 50% discount).
Free entry for children under 7 years old.
How ? By taking tickets by following this link, or by logging in at https://mondial.paris/billetterie. Purchase also possible at the reception desks in Hall 5.1 (depending on the number of places remaining)
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