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Lion King Image Credit: Top Gear South Africa
Lion King Image Credit: Top Gear South Africa

Lion King

R519 900 (as tested)

Andrew Leopold

It’s 5:45 in the afternoon, the African sun is still radiant with a shimmering haze clinging to the edges of the bush. Time is doing that thing where day filters into night a little slower. The stars and moon arrive but are quite happy to share the sky in twilight, giving the animals a chance to change shift.

But Pilanesberg’s campsite rules aren’t quite as flexible. The gate closes at 6 pm and the thought of nibbling the last crumbs of biscuit locked inside a car and encircled by predators means the only window we’re looking out of is the one in front. Which is why we yelped “Lion” in panicked unison, worked the ABS until the Peugeot’s Lion emblem and that of the sniffy, twitching Lion nose were briefly locked in fright before he panted past and continued down the middle of the road, shadowed by TopGear’s longterm 3008.

Which, covered in dust, was still working perfectly. Hermetically perfect door seals with controlled climate teaming up well to bring some luxury to the bush. And while Peugeot’s choice of wheel size and design is always form over function, rutted roads still transmitted the forces through the proper suspension joints. Not class-leading, not anything to convince one that the road underneath is anything but a gravel road but with controlled movements and robust to tackle two days off piste.

Then again, in a marketing world this is spun from the same mould as 2018&r


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