Bakkies are aplenty in South Africa, and not being the first time they introduce a bakkie to our market, Peugeot is back with yet another bakkie. Launched in late 2021, the Peugeot Landtrek comes to compete in a difficult segment, a segment that is dominated by the Japanese and American marquees, however, that does not deter them.
Featuring a bold boxy shape with the lion logo upfront as well as the LED running lights that look like lion claws, the Bakkie is not easily missed. Measuring in at over 1.5 metres, the Bakkie looks bigger than most of its rivals. Inside, it’s a familiar Peugeot interior. Piano like buttons that feature in models like the 2008 and 3008 make an appearance while the driver's display looks somewhat of that in some German automobiles. A 10-inch touchscreen infotainment takes centre stage and has phone mirroring capabilities and also doubles up as a camera for reversing. The partial leather seats are comfortable and have a lot of adjustabilities while rear occupants have a lot of head and legroom. It does not look like a workhorse and appears more of a lifestyle Bakkie. Overall, The cabin is very user friendly while the seats mentioned above do their best to keep you comfortable on the road. The interior also looks similar to what we have seen in the other Peugeot products, the piano keys give the cabin a modern sleek touch. The is acres of space in the cabin, a plethora of storage whole we thought they could’ve added more USB ports. Our small issue with the interior has to be the use of some hard-texture plastic on parts of the dashboard.
The Peugeot Landtrek is powered by a 1.9-litre Turbo Diesel engine which develops 110kW and 350nn of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the ride is very compliant and quite subtle while the steering is somewhat light. Turbo lag is quite frustrating and one feels the need for more power, especially when trying to overtake or when pulling away, another frustration? The turning circle, it takes quite some turns to eventually plot it where you want, fortunately, that is where the frustrations end. A department that particularly impressed us was the fuel economy department, while Peugeot claimed 8.9L/100km, we managed 9.4L/100km during our tenure which is something we appreciated.
On dirt roads, the Landtrek's ride quality is impeccable. It easily handles any bumps that you come across. The ride refinement is decent and the Landtrek's cabin is well insulated from wind and road noise.
Overall, we are pleased that there is a new addition to the Bakkie segment, the Landtrek offers a well-appointed cabin, a modern cabin that will appeal to people who want a different bakkie nameplate.
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The Peugeot Landtrek is sold with a five-year/100,000km warranty and service plan, with maintenance intervals every 10,000km.