407 2.0 HDi 140 Sport
oriented 407 saloon does exactly
what it says on the label.
But that doesnt
mean that the
have a little fun sometime...
PEUGEOT'S 407 SALOON CAN STILL TURN HEADS. It's a pretty big family
car, immediately recognizable by its long nose for some it's
nose-heavy but seen in profile the front end and bonnet are not as lengthy as
they appear from the front-three-quarters where the elongated, swept-back headlights
visually 'stretch' the French saloon's lines. Whatever
your take on its styling, the 407 undeniably stands out from the other average
Swing open a door and slip inside and the cabin, while smart and well finished,
is more conservative than you may have been expecting. This is actually good
news as 'flavour of the month' designs tend to look dated after only a very
short time. Not so the 407's cabin, which will continue to look current for
at least as long as its owner keeps it.
First impressions are of good build quality and a 'busy' centre stack. Patterned
aluminium inserts add a well-judged touch of modishness and there are smart
chrome kick-plates. Actually, while the piano black centre stack is well-packed
with switchgear, familiarisation doesn't take long because each level is for
a different set of functions such as audio, A/C, etc. More importantly, the
five-dial instrument pack (rev-counter, speedometer, fuel, water and oil temperature)
dead ahead of the driver features smart black-on-white faces with crisp graphics
and good legibility at night they change to an easy-on-the-eyes orange-on-dark
The optional SatNav fitted to our test car was foolproof in use and had the
added advantage of adding visual imagery to the audible warnings from the front
and rear parking sensors. If you've previously only driven cars fitted with
traditional windscreen wipers (i.e. both blades working in parallel) then you'll
welcome the extra wet weather visibility provided by the 407's wipers
they sweep outwards in opposite directions at the same time.
all, the 407 saloon is a comfortable car to sit in: drivers will quickly set
a good driving position thanks to generous reach and rake steering column adjustment,
powered seat height and manually adjustable lumbar support.
a thing or two
about comfort and
in the 407 is
a very civilised affair;
is good with wind, road
and engine noise
In the front you'll find good head and legroom and the lidded centre armrest
adjusts for height and all of our front passengers were quick to commandeer
it for their sole use!
Worth a special mention are the front headrests: these not only glide up and
down with minimal effort (unlike most, they're not stepped) but also swivel
horizontally to provide the best head/neck angles.
are those sitting in the rear cabin hard done by they get 'individual'
shaped seats with good backrest angles although those taller than six-feet will
find headroom limited. The up-side is that there's decent leg and knee room
and a wide central armrest (a narrow load-through hatch can be found behind
this) with a lidded storage tray and built-in cup-holders. Three can be accommodated
in the back but the piggy-in-the-middle (unless a child) will forever want to
upgrade to one of the outer seats.
And when it comes to luggage the 407's boot offers a usable 407
litres. The seats split 60:40 and can be folded although the extended
boot floor this creates is not entirely flat but it still adds a useful degree
of flexibility for load carrying. Tie-down rings and an elasticated luggage
net come in useful, with extra storage provided by two large bins sited in the
rear corners of the boot.
There's a fair amount of kit on the £22,045 Sport trim version including half-leather
upholstery, 8-way powered front seats, front and rear parking sensors, electrically-folding
door mirrors (on demand and automatically on locking and leaving), auto-dim
rear view mirror that can be turned off, auto lights and wipers, automatic 'drive-away'
central locking, dual-zone climate control, chilled glovebox, four one-shot
auto up/down electric windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, radio/CD player
with MP3 playback, cruise control with speed limiter, trip computer and alloy
Safety is underscored by a five-star Euro NCAP rating plus there's also ABS,
EBFD, EBA and ESP along with lots of airbags (front, front-side and front and
rear curtain) and height-adjustable front seat belts.
for our Sport HDi 140 test model came from Peugeot's 140bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel.
It's an especially smooth unit and its 240lb ft of torque delivers solid low-end
and mid-range urge, whisking the 407 to 62mph from standstill in 9.8 seconds
and on to a top speed of 129mph.
407 rides flat
and level, turn-in is sharp
and theres more than
enough grip the 215/55
Michelin Pilot tyres
enhance grip as much
as comfort to allow
some fun tackling
At the same time it's also pleasantly refined and clean revving, ticking over
discreetly enough to make you double-check which pump you're filling up at.
Use the gears (there's six) and your right foot resolutely not a problem
because the gear change action is easy, delivering up smooth changes through
a close gate and the 407 bowls along with gusto.
it's a slow drinker; one capable of making a gallon last for sixty miles on
the extra-urban cycle. Officially it can return 37.6mpg on the urban cycle and
an impressive and pound-stretching 49.5mpg on the combined cycle. Our week-long
test drive saw an overall average of 42mpg not at all bad for a big family
members will like being ferried around in the 407 given its default role
as family transport, the ride/handling balance is well considered. On the one
hand passengers will appreciate the 407's comfort on traffic-worn urban blacktop
and on the other hand, drivers who appreciate some driving pleasure are also
On the open road the 407's chassis is a reassuring partner with good body control
and responsive handling and reasonably enthusiastic reactions; keen drivers
will doubtless prefer more feedback from the three-spoke leather-clad steering
wheel, but then it's ideal for 'family' duties.
That said, the 407 rides flat and level, turn-in is sharp and there's more than
enough grip the 215/55 Michelin Pilot tyres enhance grip as much as comfort
to permit some fun tackling twisty roads without the handling becoming
ragged. In truth, given that the driver sits well back from the windscreen,
the elongated nose and big family-sized footprint, the 407 is actually quite
easy to place and feels 'sorted'. Brakes are discs all round, ventilated at
the front, and the 407 stops hard and fast with no drama.
The French know a thing or two about comfort, and travelling anywhere in the
407 is a very civilised affair; cabin insulation is good with wind, road and
engine noise all impressively subdued. Cruising motorways or undertaking long-distance
'en famile' holidays or staycations, it covers the miles at an easy, non-tiring
pace. Other plus points on longer journeys are the efficient dual-zone climate
control (rear passengers get their own air vents) and the supportive and relaxing
Distinctive enough to stand out from the crowd, the 407 takes the hard work
out of transporting the family unit while at the same time providing some time-out
driving pleasure for the alpha family members. As they say in football, that's
a result then! MotorBar
Peugeot 407 2.0 HDi 140 Sport | £22,045
Maximum speed: 129mph | 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds | Overall test MPG: 42mpg
Power: 140bhp | Torque: 240lb ft | CO2 150g/km