Car Reviews: Peugeot 407 SW SE 2.0 HDi – The AA

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Peugeot 407

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Smooth-riding characteristics Huge sunroof cabin considerably Attractive styling Smooth power from engines


rear parcel shelf not feel durable Legroom in rear seats A few squeaks and from interior fittings smaller than most competitors

Marrying the front end of a and the rear end of a family estate may like the worst combination chalk and cheese, but in the Peugeot 407 SW the two key work surprisingly well.

For the Sport Wagon designation is rather than being a marketing gimmick, for this is not a estate car by modern standards. But it lacks in out-and-out bulk allow it to present a more profile than many of its and all of the space that is made is readily utilised.

Another by-product of the Sport Wagon is a keen driving dynamic. The 407 has been rightly praised for its and ride. Employing the same suspension set-up, the SW model a decent effort to match it.

Inevitably it falls just but on a motorway or A-road, the car is perfectly ticking off the miles as it wafts along.

Peugeot is making a effort to improve the quality of its The 407 range gives a clear of this and were it not for a few squeaks and from a few poorly-fitted seals and parts, the SW would start to an impact on similarly-sized ‘premium’ such as the Jaguar X-Type and Audi A4 Avant. But for the foreseeable Peugeot will have to it out in the mainstream, where there is no of similarly-priced competition.

The 407 SW can justifiably to be easier on the eye than most of and comes with an acceptable, if not amount of kit.

Cars from the rampant aren’t traditionally renowned for reliability, but this is another in which Peugeot is making ‘ evidenced by the fact 2.0 HDi models are the first Peugeot cars with extended intervals.

Our verdict on the Peugeot 407 SW SE 2.0 HDi

a proud history of estate behind it, Peugeot’s 407 SW is a more take on the genre, more to light duties such as to the shops and weekends away the serious load-lugging duties of a 405 or


Not immediately apparent as a the 407 SW offers reasonable value for Diesel engines are likely to most popular for their enhanced fuel economy, even the modest 1.6 HDi offering a level of refinement. All engines are to cope with heavy Provided some of the more electronics systems aboard do not glitches, the 407 SW should prove reliable and insurance and parts are good.

Re-sale values are likely to be good for this market thanks in part to the standard air

Space and practicality

Though on the the 407 SW looks like a large the available cabin space fairly modest. That’s because the long bonnet up such a large proportion of the length. Front seat are well catered for but rear passengers suffer from a degree of restricted legroom.

The main raison d’etre the boot ‘ is small by car standards at 489 litres but well with a low loading lip.

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Seven airbags on Executive models) come as along with important features such as ESP with emergency brake assist and control. A variable speed on some models is another safety feature and operates in with the cruise control

Driver appeal

Peugeot 407

Without this is one of the best-driving estate around. In fact, it handles better than some This is due in no small part to the wishbone front and multi-link suspension, which delivers of feel and accuracy through the wheel without making the unduly harsh.

Engines power in progressively so that the excesses of body roll can be by a competent driver, making swift and enjoyable, even in the 1.6 model.

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Quality and image

Despite short of true premium the 407 SW is well up to the required level to be as far as quality is concerned. Its elongated Wagon profile makes it immediately attractive than bulkier rivals, though the of the Honda Accord sneak on build quality. Nevertheless, estates are generally thought of as dependable vehicles.


doors have a pronounced shape, so they are light but a narrow at floor and roof The boot is simple to operate via the key fob or and the rear glass opens Seats display a high of flexibility ‘ even the passenger seat is modular, so can be flattened to carry very loads back from the centre or DIY store.

Stereo and ICE (In car

A six speaker CD player is standard but those with a desire for beats can specify a high-performance JBL system with 10 speakers and a bass box can be chosen from the list. Even more petrol-heads can indulge in a host of and can connect an MP3 player to the system.

Panoramic sunroof makes a difference

Colours and trim

are badged S, SE, SV and Executive. S and SE models are to be sporty with SV and leather-trimmed models providing a luxury Standard equipment on all models digital climate control, alarm and front fog lights but the surprising and welcome inclusion is the panoramic glass sunroof.

body colours are available, and can choose freely, as the 407 SW does not particularly colour-sensitive.

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