The 2024 Peugeot 408 combines a unique design with cutting-edge technologies for an instinctive driving experience.


This month, thanks to Motor City Bahrain, FACT had the opportunity to test drive the exciting new Peugeot 408 in the premium GT trim.

We were instantly grabbed by its unique shape and bold design elements. Presenting a striking and unconventional form that showcases genuine originality from Peugeot – the car’s styling is a clear standout, as it manages to ingeniously place itself in that rare middle ground that combines aspects of a saloon and an SUV. At the front, the distinctive patterned grille is the same colour as the bodywork and blends in perfectly with the face. The eye-catching new Peugeot lion head emblem is placed right at the centre of the grille. While the new Matrix LED day running lights in the signature fang shape complete the gritty look. The model’s sharp and angular appearance continues on the sides all the way to the back drawing attention to its feline stance and unique allure. There are ‘cat ears’ at the roof spoiler that aren’t just an interesting design choice but also help direct the external airflow for optimum aerodynamics. While the sloping coupéstyle roofline adds a touch of elegance to the model.

We took some time to admire the progressive three-claw LED taillights at the rear end, that add to the modern look. They sit above a chunky grey contrast bumper design that gives the model a sporty and aggressive stance. The Peugeot 408 rests solidly on 720mm diameter wheels and uses the iconic looking Alloy Monolith Diamond-Cut, Matt Onyx Black, 20-inch rims that feature a disruptive geometric design guaranteed to catch your eye.


On entering the vehicle, we were immediately impressed by the abundance of space on offer. The beautifully constructed interior is sure to satisfy both the driver as well as the passengers. The latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit is quickly recognisable by its compact steering wheel dedicated to enhancing driving pleasure and controlled agility. It also offers top-quality ergonomics and technologies. The exceptional blend of premium detailing and sportiness is further accentuated in the GT trim with the multifunction leather and heated steering wheel, ambient cabin lighting, 3D XL digital cluster instrument and Alcantara front seats with heating and massage capabilities. The electric sliding sunroof greatly enhances the overall sense of spaciousness and brightness inside. The rear seats offer sufficient head, shoulder and leg room for three adults to travel comfortably over longer distances. As far as the internal storage goes, there are reasonably sized bins and large cupholders, along with a spacious cubby hole. While the luggage compartment offers 536 litres of space that’s big enough to store several suitcases and more. There are hands-free options for opening and closing the tailgate, including the power boot opening with foot sensor.

Infotainment and Technology

As we cruised along the highways and inner city streets, we had the opportunity to further explore other functions of the Peugeot i-Cockpit. The emphasis has been attentively placed on connectivity and latest technologies, which made the experience much more intuitive and rewarding. The 10-inch navigation display with a 3D effect is neatly incorporated into the dashboard, positioned slightly lower down and angled towards the driver for better viewing. While the infotainment system can be accessed through another 10-inch touchscreen and features a variety of responsive and user-friendly technologies. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features on hand, providing easy access to your favourite phone apps. Below the central display are the new fully configurable Peugeot i-Toggles offering quick and intuitive access to essential everyday functions which are completely customisable as per your preference, we found these shortcuts immensely helpful. The model also includes four USB-C ports and an exceptional six-speaker Hi-Fi audio system.

Power & Performance

The new Peugeot 408 in the GT variation boasts a 1.6-litre, four cylinder, two-wheel drive, petrol engine. Paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, this motor enables the vehicle to generate an overall output of 215hp and 300Nm of torque allowing for a robust but smooth delivery of power. The smaller steering wheel and rapid response give the car an inherent feeling of agility, while also displaying exceptional stability. Peugeot has included three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Eco. We thoroughly enjoyed the Sport setting as it allowed for an excellent performance and a pleasurable journey, thanks to its fine handling even when the engine was pushed across the busy streets of Manama.

Safety & Assistance

The Peugeot 408 features a comprehensive range of state-ofthe-art safety and assistance systems, that are fed information gathered by cameras and sensors, making driving, manoeuvring and travelling smoother and safer. The safety features include eight SRS airbags, active adaptive cruise control with speed limiter, active lane keep assist, active lane positioning assist, high beam assist, blind spot detection, extended traffic sign recognition, active emergency safety braking and rear cross traffic alert.

Our Verdict

In our time behind the wheel of the new Peugeot 408, we were nothing short of thoroughly impressed especially with the model’s design originality that truly makes it stand out amongst rivals. Also, the immensely engaging drive and handling make the 408 a true winner. ✤