Wintonsworld – Peugeot 407 review

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Peugeot 407

Nobody Will Complain This Car Looks Just All The Others

Can The #147;Wow#148; Factor Into Big Sales?

Rating out of 5

LYMINGTON, Hampshire

Look at the front of the new 407, and you might think Ferrari.

At least what Peugeot is hoping.

I that we can rest assured you won#146;t be saying #147;Look at new Peugeot. Is it a Peugeot? I can#146;t these modern cars these days#148;.

Peugeot has caution to the winds with the of its new 407. The new car competes in an unforgiving, and …, sector of large cars and rep-mobiles which the Ford Mondeo, Opel/Vauxhall Toyota Avensis, Renault II, Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, and the Accord.

If my readers in the U.S. or of you who have visited the land of the recently, find something about the 407, that#146;s it is eerily similar to the cab-forward Concorde and Dodge Intrepid. The beautiful, flowing lines and mouth are surely the Concorde and now sadly no longer built, in

No more bland, Russian anonymous look-alikes for France#146;s with the new 407, which the 406. The Ferrari-like front with its aggressive, open-mouthed is an unashamed attention grabber. No the 407#146;s competitors will try and say it like a goldfish or a gulping but there is method in Peugeot#146;s

Pressure From Above And

Family car sales are under pressure from above, as manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes downmarket with increasing From below, smaller, cars offer more and big-car extras like and high-tech safety gadgets, buyers increasingly believing Volkswagen Golfs or Honda have all the attributes of more cars.

Peugeot reckons that to sales and restore profit it needs a #147;wow#148; factor. It offend some, but who cares if on real buyers. Peugeot its first ideas for the 407 at the Frankfurt Car last September and it certainly the crowds there. The actual introduced at the Geneva Car Show in March, has retained most of the cues from the #147;concept#148;

Sales in Europe started in

Double Wishbones At The Front

the skin, the 407 is impressively engineered. The MacPherson strut-type front has been supplanted by a new aluminium wishbone system that provide better handling, weight, and less wear on the Standard throughout the range is an system, which coordinates brakes, brake assist, force distribution and stability

Seven airbags are also including protection for the knees. 407 models will include navigation, and electronic memory of column, seat and mirror Radar parking sensors are these are a necessity because of the in seeing the heavily stylised extremities.

V6 Diesel To Come

There are petrol engines #150; 2.0, 2.2, and 3.0 litre, and two #150; 1.6 and 2.0 litres. Later year a new 2.7 litre V6 diesel be available, which has been jointly by Peugeot and Ford, and was used first in the Jaguar S The engines can be mated with 5 or 6 manual gearboxes or 4 or 6 speed The latter incorporates a #147;Porsche System#148;, which allows override of the automatic.

Manual is de rigeur for modern automatic but about as useful to normal as a toboggan in high summer.

the 407 on motorways and country roads in and Hampshire, the car certainly turned It is an impressive looking car. It well too, although the 2.0 136 bhp diesel didn#146;t give the of performance that I#146;ve to expect from modern oil burners. It was strangely docile. The 2.2 160 bhp petrol version also was but nobody sensible really hot performance from mid-range like this.

The 1.8 litre petrol and 1.6 litre won#146;t have much though. You will have to for the 3.0 litre petrol, or the 2.7 litre V6 versions if you want electrifying

Drives Great If Driven

Handling was fine. I have to to a certain confusion when the of Jeremy Clarkson talk under-steer and over-steer and turn-in at the Suffice it to say that the car drives well if you drive it sensibly.

If you do it like an …, I can#146;t how it will handle. The suspension was a bit and jiggly; how could Peugeot be expected to design a system worked on roads more to the third world here in than France#146;s magnificent

Inside, there is masses of Assembly quality, a traditional over French cars, to be faultless. The dashboard was very

All the switches are easy to find and the where you#146;d want to be.

Digital Readout Would Be

The six-speed gear box in the cars I was fine, although I often that with the extra comes confusion about what gear I#146;m in. A readout on the dashboard saying which gear the car was in would be useful.

Because of all the new safety and equipment, the 407 weighs about 130 more than the 406 which it The 407 is also wider and longer its predecessor.

A neat innovation was the floppy wipers. They don#146;t a rigid backbone like wipers, and apparently hug the screen closely because of this new I like the idea that the warning lights come on if the are applied for an emergency stop.

The is huge with no sign of any arch intrusion.


start at £14,750 (21,900 for the 1.8 litre petrol saloon in S and rise to £22,250 (33,000 for the 3.0 litre V6 automatic. Even the model includes digital control, trip computer, CD ultrasonic alarm and front fog

A higher roofed estate car of the 407 will be introduced later year; that should dash any illusions that it be related to Ferrari.

Neil #150; May 21, 2004

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