Richard Lawton’s Peugeot 4007 road test | 26/11/2009

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Peugeot 4007

Peugeot 4007

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Performance

At the core of any Peugeot 4007 is an excellent 2.2 HDI diesel unit with plenty of grunt to call upon, the oil burner is capable of 156bhp at 4000revs and performance is truly spirited and leaves the driver with the impression of driving a premium SUV. With plenty of torque to also call upon coupled to the power available the car belies its size offering swift acceleration and a no fuss approach motorway cruising.

Zero to 62mph takes only 9.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 124mph and you can feel this perkiness every time you get behind the wheel – if you’re expecting a lethargic, cumbersome SUV which is a chore to drive then think again, the car makes a mockery of its dimensions! Fuel economy is also somewhat of a welcome surprise, with an official ‘target’ combined figure of 38.6mpg the car on a long motorway test averaged over 35mpg. The Car’s CO2 figure of 194g/km places it in band J for Vehicle excise duty, which is pretty much middle of the road for a car of this size.

Ride Handling

Love or loathe the Peugeot philosophy when it comes to handling, there is something unique about the way the French carmaker sets up a car, and the trademark lightness of steering is apparent in the mighty 4007. With the ability to switch between two- and four- wheel drive modes this does make a dramatic difference to the feel when driving.

The four wheel drive option feels more assured on the road, in contract to two wheel drive where at times the car can feel a little skittish, especially with surface water. The handling makes for an involving and engaging drive.

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Peugeot 4007

The 2.2 litre 4 cylinder 16 valve diesel engine in the 4007 generates a healthy 156bhp at 4,000 revs, giving the 4007 enough power to make it appealing to drive if not lightning quick from a standing start. The engine also generates 285 lb ft of torque at 2,000 revs, giving the driver plenty of the low down power which Peugeot diesel engines are renowned for.

The 4007 is a fairly large and heavy vehicle, weighing in at 2410 Kg gross weight, however the engine does have enough in its locker to move all of this weight along comfortably. On motorways you should not ever feel short of opportunities to overtake, equally the 4007 will cruise comfortably at 70 mph between 2,000 and 3000 revs. Power isn’t exactly delivered in an urgent fashion although the 4007 does feel livelier than a lot of its competitors.

Ride Handling

The superb ride and handling has been hallmark of Peugeot vehicles over the years and the 4007 certainly does not let the side down. The quilted leather seats that the car we road tested came with, come as standard on the higher spec Sport and GT models. They are extremely comfortably and help make the 4007 a joy to drive.

The handling is sharp for a vehicle of this size and body roll is only noticeable by its absence. This is certainly the best handling vehicle of its class I have driven and the most comfortable to drive. The larger alloys which were fitted to our car did not seem to hinder the drive at all.

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Space Practicality

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