Peugeot 407 Saloon 2004 - 2010

Peugeot 407 Saloon 2004 - 2010

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Comfortable and good inside space
  • Good diesel engines
  • Comes stacked with equipment

Cons:

  • Poor interior quality
  • Limited storage space

Overview

Peugeot introduced the 407 as a large family car in 2004. The car was revealed in three variants which include an estate, saloon and coupe models and all of them come with the option of both petrol and diesel engines. It was launched as the successor to the Peugeot 406 and has been up graded to meet the requirement of comfort, road holding and safety.

Exterior and Interior

The 407 comes in a range of body styles which include and estate, saloon and coupe models. The interior feels cheap and tacky though especially in the front where the plastics used in the center console not being as strong as similarly priced rivals and many of the switches have been borrowed from lower class Peugeots and many of the buttons and stalks feel flimsy. The centre console is a nightmare with a mind boggling amount of switches and buttons on it that are just confusing especially when you're trying to drive at the same time. The seats are very comfortable especially in the coupe where its front seats are unique to it offering excellent comfort and support. All of the cars comfortably fit two adults in the back or three children with the middle passengers having enough legroom due to the flat transmission tunnel. The boots are not that spacious and come fairly low down the pecking order compared to rivals with even the SW estate only offering a mere 430litres which is a lot less than the Citroen C5 estates 563litres and is only 23litres bigger than the 407's saloon version with its 407litres. The coupe comes in at the bottom as you would expect with only 400 litres. All of the cars come with a lot of equipment and there are multiple trim levels to choose from. All models come with air-con, curtain airbags, and electric windows as a part of standard kit. The basic entry level includes anti lock brakes, an alarm, electronic stability control, a CD player and climate control systems. The top of the range Executive models come with heated seats, leather upholstery, cruise control, xenon headlights and rear sun blinds.

Performance and Economy

All of the engines are well engineered. The 1.8 petrol is really just too small to be used in a car of this size, especially in the SW estate. The best petrol engine for both power and fuel economy would be the 2.0-litre which is only o.3 seconds behind the larger 2.2 engine going from 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds and manages 34mpg. The large 3.0-litre V6 is smooth and fast but is pricey and the fuel economy isn't great only managing 28mpg, it was dropped in 2008 from the coupe model. The better engines by far are the diesels with all three of the lower engines proving very strong and reliable. The best engine is the 2.2HDi twin turbo which offers good speed and economy going from 0-60mph in just 8.7 seconds and manages an impressive 45mpg. The smaller 2.0-litre HDi isn't far behind going from 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds and achieves 50mpg. If you're on an extremely tight budget then the 1.6-litre HDi should suffice. It is a lot slower but will still pull a fully loaded estate easily and achieves 57mpg which is impressive. The largest of the diesel engines the 2.7-litre V6 which is very quick coming in just 0.1 seconds slower than the 3.0-litre V6 petrol at 8.2 seconds from 0-60mph, but the fuel economy leaves a lot to be desired with it barely getting over 30mpg and it is expensive to buy as well. As for the gearboxes none of them are particularly good with the clutch being springy in the manuals with flimsy gear changes whilst the automatics are very relaxed and slow.

Like to Drive

The 407 is a competent cruiser and is good around town too with its light steering which makes parking and three point turns easy enough. Although the coupe had its handling sharpened it still feels just as unwieldy on the winding country lanes as the estate and saloon models. The ride is very good though with the suspension ironing out all but the worst bumps. There is very little wind and engine noise being carried through to the cabin however tyre roar can be heard when travelling over rougher roads. The driving position is good in all of the models with a fully adjustable drivers' seat and steering wheel and the coupe's seats are comfortable enough for you to do a whole days driving and still feel comfortable at the end of it.

Faults and Repairs

Peugeot really upped their game when they made the 407 and so there are few faults to be found with it. There have been a few problems with the diesel engines where some turbo's have blown and some may fail to rev cleanly which could indicate problems with sticky throttles, injector problems and exhaust gas recirculation. Other than that there have been no other problems to note and Peugeots repair and service costs are as cheap as they come.