Peugeot 407 HDi review (2004-2011) – MSN Cars UK

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Peugeot 407

HDi review (2004-2011)

Four-door Saloon

Engine: turbocharged 4 cylinder

Fuel Diesel

Transmission: 6-speed

Date of test: April

The 406 falls into what is as the full-sized car segment, aimed at the space needed by a growing with the size, performance and suitable for short and long alike. Peugeot has gone the saloon route, which necessarily a problem, except most direct rivals offer a hatchback alternative, a that seems to suit UK buyers. The 407 does offer an however, although in today’s it is known as the 407 SW with, Peugeot an altogether sexier image a traditional load carrier.

Where does it fit?

cars from the mainstream – like the Peugeot 607 and Omega – have demand tumbling, and now it seems to be the of family models like the

Buyers are either downsizing into the likes of the Astra, Focus and Peugeot 307, or for ‘class”. This second is typified by the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. has the room of a family car, but the saloon models sell so the 407 has that in its favour.

Mainstream for the 407 include the Ford Mondeo, Vectra, Nissan Primera and Avensis, although there are than a dozen other models in this sector.

Is it for you?

First you have to up your mind about the Sure, you have to do this any car, but the 407 is more radical most. The long bonnet and large, Ferrari-like grille, for a distinctive presence on the road. We a car with character, but it inevitably it’s not for everyone.

Peugeot 75% of sales will be diesels so the that there are two new engines, 1.6 and on offer is attractive; Peugeot has been a leader in this but others have caught up. drivers won’t miss out with a 1.8, 2.0, 2.2 and Upscale models get six-speed both manual and auto.

What does it do well?

Peugeot 407

You sell a car on looks alone, so Peugeot is hoping to reinvent as a maker of fine handling, riding cars, a mantle surprisingly Ford has taken on in years. And the 407 certainly turns in the as an appealing driver’s car, few rivals bettering it for grip and in the corners. It allows the 407 to be driven gusto when you feel the yet always feel safe and in its responses.

The 2.0HDi engine is a match for the chassis, with the strong pulling power the gears and economy well in of 40mpg.

What doesn’t it do

That sloping windscreen only a short length of the is full height, so tall may find they bash head getting in and out. The measures up well for size, but the height in the saloon is high and the shallow. The estate version is but still has a high floor and the parcel shelf/shallowest rear combination we have ever

Peugeot claims you can fold the seats without removing the but they clash with the seats unless they are well forward. Then a bit too much wind noise at speed from around the mirrors, and a ride that’s Germanic than traditional in its firmness.

What’s it like to with?

The above criticisms pale compared with the aspects of the 407. The seats are shaped and very comfortable, plenty of adjustment in the front, and the is particularly classy for a car in this Room in the rear is fair as long as those in the front make full use of that travel, and there’s a good control system in all models. The 407 comes packed with a compliment of airbags.

That long bonnet parking isn’t the easiest try parking head on to a kerb) and it means you’ll need care on ramps and speed The HDi is particularly easy to live it’s high toque little gearchange is needed if you feel like it.

Would we buy it?

The 407 would certainly be on our shortlist. It is at as good as a Mondeo to drive and looks and feels classier and out. The boot access is a bit of an and for that reason the stylish 407 SW would be our choice. But we like the way it welcome the economy of the 2.0-litre and admire the adventurous design.

The problem, as it is with all its direct is that cars like the 407 to depreciate heavily. That’s why so can justify buying more BMWs and Audis that their value far better.

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