Peugeot 407 Coupe review (2005-2011) – MSN Cars UK

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Peugeot 407

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I can count the number of coupes by mainstream manufacturers on one hand. offers their Coupe, the Monaro and Toyota the Celica and about it.

Of them only the can be considered successful due to its low prices, the soon to be lost with no likely and the Monaro selling to a number of power-obsessed Vauxhall So why then is Peugeot reviving its particularly as its beautiful Ferrari-esque 406 only ever managed sales over its entire – small fry in the volume market?

volume or not Peugeot seems to soldier on in the coupe market so the 407 is intended to pick up directly and on where the 406 Coupe left It’s not a conventional looker and certainly not pretty like its It is however a striking design, and that there’s a certain

Recognisable as part of the 407 family the snout with the decorative than functioning ‘gills’ on the of the front bumper to the familial and gaping grille work well; the 407 Coupe’s profile an one. Pictures really do it justice either, the 407 Coupe rather awkward and ungainly in That’s quite at odds its neat lines and smart in the metal.

Overall though, no denying that while it the same aching ‘I want looks of its predecessor it’ll demand your attention you see it. And that, after all is what are about. What they’re not about is practicality.

But the 407 Coupe manages to make a convincing case as a useable car. Most of the switchgear from its less glamorous relative but it’s laid out only some of the plastics down the quality feel and The boot is vast and the two rear are genuinely useable.

It certainly be cruel to put the kids in the back.

The experience doesn’t disappoint, A wider track combined suspension changes that shorter, stiffer springs and anti-roll bars gives the more even greater than its already impressive relative. The V6 models feature computer controlled dampers can be set to either sport or automatic with either setting progressive almost roll cornering, the ride supple on roads.

At slow speeds on rippled it loses some of its composure, being felt through the It’s a small price to pay for its impressive body control and the Coupe’s suspension otherwise balancing comfort and control on the roads on our test.

Peugeot 407

Variable assistance of the steering of both the and diesel V6 models reacts to and vehicle speed, steering and steering wheel speed. impressive is that Peugeot has to provide the Coupe with a system without blighting the with artificial over-assistance, the and response nicely judged and a decent amount of feel,

It works well with the 211bhp, 3.0-litre petrol V6 and the 205bhp, 2.7-litre turbodiesel V6. these six-cylinder units brisk rather than performance with the 3.0-litre V6 managing the 0-62mph sprint in 8.4 and the turbodiesel only 0.1 of a second at 8.5 seconds. But it’s the refinement impresses most, particularly the diesel.

It’s a PSA/Ford unit and the same powerplant used in Jaguar and Land models to great acclaim. In the it exhibits all the refinement as in its other and the 330lbft of torque makes for swift progress. Even the fitment of a six-speed automatic doesn’t detract from its the smooth shifting refinement the 407 Coupe’s calm, refined

Peugeot expects this to take around half the overall sales. Impressive as it is I’d doubt that. For all Peugeot’s and claiming that the Coupe compete against rivals BMW’s 3 Series coupe and the CLK, it simply doesn’t the badge appeal of such

Even with its cheaper price and compared on a fully-loaded-adjusted-for-specification it’s unlikely that will consider the Peugeot as a option against premium rivals. However, it’s not all bad as the cheaper 2.2-litre four-cylinder does make a great of sense as an alternative to a middling executive saloon or high mainstream machine.

And that’s the only area the 407 Coupe fails; at this point people are looking to buy premium brands even if means compromises. While undoubtedly a striking looker and a competent, enjoyable drive and too, it’s difficult to see the 407 Coupe will garner its from in the current premium obsessed market.

If Peugeot wants it to sell well need a broader range of to allow it to compete better a broader, more accessible range. Otherwise the Coupe is to remain a fringe player in the UK. And a shame, as otherwise the 407 Coupe is a impressive car indeed.

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