Peugeot 407 (2004- )

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Peugeot 407

Peugeot 407

(2004- ) (November 2004)

‘Sport’ handling

Not so much

Rear interior space

Turning circle

Automatic trans


The 407 was slipped on the Australian market in October with a launch at Sydney’s Australian Motor Show rather than a national press launch, however its bold styling will ensure it has a strong presence on Australian roads.

In contrast to the blandly-styled 406 it replaces, 407 is a shameless attention-seeker that makes a bold statement on the road. With massive Ferrari-like grille, stylish curves and a steeply-raked A-pillar, its looks should greatly appeal to buyers that want to stand out from the crowd.


407 offers a lot more than just a sexy body, with an impressive range of standard features hidden away by those seductive curves. The new Peugeot offers customers plenty of variety, with four specification levels (ST, ST Executive, ST HDi and SV) and two body styles (sedan and wagon).

Further to that, there are three engines (2.2-litre four-cylinder petrol, 2.0-litre turbo diesel and 3.0-litre V6 petrol) and three transmissions (six-speed manual, six-speed Tiptronic auto and four-speed Tiptronic auto), though each model limits your choice.

Prices start at $42,790 for the ST and rise to $58,000 for the SV Wagon.


Step inside 407 and you discover Peugeot’s designers haven’t been as adventurous with the interior as they have been with the body. Though attractive enough, the interior is bland and not consistent with the extroverted exterior.

The seats (leather-trimmed in Executive and SV models) are comfortable even over longer distances and the two-way adjustable steering-wheel makes it easy to find a good driving position.

Rear accommodation is for kids only, though teenagers may struggle to sit comfortably in the restricted area. Certainly you can forget sitting back there if you are around 186cm tall or more, unless you like your knees under your chin, and leaning forward so your head doesn’t strike the roof. The body is also too narrow to comfortably accommodate three rear-seat adult passengers.

Most controls are well laid out and easy to operate, however the cruise control and steering column-mounted audio control is obscured by the steering wheel spokes, making and difficult to use.


Safety features abound in 407, designed to help you stay out of an accident and to protect you if you still can’t avoid hitting something.

Peugeot 407

ABS with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist, electronic stability program and tyre pressure sensors help keep you out of trouble. If you come to a sudden, unplanned stop there’s driver’s and front passenger airbags, front and side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, retractable steering column and pedals, active front-seat headrests, and pretensioning and force limiting front seatbelts.

There is also automatic activation of hazard lights under emergency braking, and the door will automatically unlock in an accident.


Fitted to ST models, 407’s entry-level petrol engine is a 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 116kw @ 5650rpm and 217Nm @ 3900rpm. The ST HDi is powered by a second-generation common rail turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel that pumps out 100kw @ 4000rpm and a healthy 320Nm from a low 2000rpm. The SV employs a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine, offering 155kW @ 6000rpm and 290Nm @ 3750rpm.

Both ST engines are mated to six-speed manual or four-speed adaptive/Tiptronic auto transmissions, while SVs have just one transmission — a six-speed adaptive/tiptronic auto.

Performance? According to Peugeot, the 1555kg ST manual covers 0-100km/h in 9.0sec and has a top speed of 219km/h.

ST auto (1591kg) — 10.7sec/211km/h;

ST HDi manual (1580kg) — 9.8sec/207km/h;

ST HDi auto (1616kg) — 10.7sec/204km/h;

SV (1660kg) — 8.4sec/235km/h.

The company’s city cycle fuel consumption figures are:

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