Taking Japanese reliability and dressing it up in the latest French fashions is more than just a novel idea, it’s the answer to a pressing need. While Peugeot have a solid line-up covering most vehicle segments, it has never, till now, produced a 4WD. With the steadily growing popularity of compact crossovers Peugeot has taken action by teaming up with both Citroen and its far-east connection Mitsubishi. The end result is three different vehicles coming out of the same Japanese factory. While the Citroen version hasn’t made it to NZ, the popular Mitsubishi Outlander provides the underpinnings for Peugeots own offering — the 4007. Stretching into the crossover segment is a gamble for Peugeot but by using Mitsubishi’s proven platform it might just pay off. Car and SUV got into the fresh-faced 4007 to find out more.
The 4007 is offered in NZ in three variants, a base model version with five seats and a manual transmission, and two 7-seat automatic vehicles. For our road test with the 4007 we high-rolled in the top spec ‘luxury’ model.
While the 4007 rolls on the Outlander platform and shares almost all its sheet metal, the ace in Peugeot’s sleeve lays under the bludging bonnet. Where Mitsubishi only offers two petrol engine options in the Outlander, a slick turbocharged diesel unit powers the 4007. With a 2.2-litre displacement and Bosch common-rail injection the motor produces 115kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. Thanks to the full compliment of torque being available from just 2000rpm the 4007 accelerates with good urgency for a crossover vehicle. It also remains smooth at cruising speed and returns an impressive 7.3l/100km fuel economy.
The diesel lump is mated to a 6-speed dual clutch auto transmission. It’s a smooth piece of kit and offers no fuss changes once up to speed but at take-off it can feel a little uncertain at times. That said, the dual clutch transmission helps distance the 4007 from the Outlander giving it a more luxury feel and a refined driving character.
On-road the 4007 is well mannered and car-like in its behaviour. The suspension is tuned for a comfort orientated ride and is rarely unsettled by bumps or dips in the road. There is a fair level of body roll when pushing the 4007 through the corners and the weighty diesel engine can, on occasion, be felt up front. However, grip from the 18’ tyres is good and the steering is precise and well suited to the 4007’s cruisy character. Effort has been put into soundproofing and the diesel engine is only intrusive when worked hard, there’s a faint hint of tyre noise but the cabin is generally a tranquil place.
In terms of the driving wheels, the 4007 offers a clever selectable 4WD system that offers three driving modes. You can choose 2WD that drives just the front wheels, good for around town or conserving fuel while motorway cruising. 4WD Auto mode creates a 70/30 front rear split in the power, this is handy on gravel or to avoid torque steer on slippery tarmac. Finally there’s a 4WD lock mode that splits the juice evenly between front and back for when the going gets proper tough. While it’s not going to appeal to the off-road hardcore the 4007 has enough torque and the right mechanicals to easily gobble up muddy sports fields or steep gravel driveways.
When it comes to the 4007’s exterior styling, opinion is divided about Peugeot’s daring front end. While the unkind would say it looks like an Outlander with its face smashed in others will admire the French flair. Either way, the gaping chrome front grille and curved bonnet is bold, distinctive and highly effective in visually separating the 4007 from its Japanese relative. Elsewhere it’s a handsome vehicle with integrated roof rails, a chunky C-pillar and two-piece red taillights. The luxury model receives chrome trim along the flanks and hatch, tinted glass, xenon headlights and well-suited 18-inch alloys.
The luxury upgrades extend into the cabin where the 4007 has a full leather interior, including trim used on the dashboard and door inserts. The heated seats are a highlight being soft yet supportive and offering commanding visibility. Elsewhere the cabin is nicely understated and mixes a large dose of dark plastics with just enough contrasting silver trim. It’s a look that won’t date quickly and there’s a feeling of durability to the materials and one of quality to the finish. The curvy dashboard houses minimal switchgear that’s simple to use. The three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel is slightly thin for larger hands but looks great and houses, audio, phone and cruise controls. There are some class touches in the 4007 cabin like a leather shift knob, 6 disc CD stereo, rear parking sensors, climate air-con and plenty of small storage options. There is also a colour display screen housed in the instrument cluster that displays trip and vehicle information.
In terms of space front occupants are well catered for, the back seat is adjustable and has good legroom, but a sloping roofline may restrict headroom for taller passengers. Three can fit in the back fairly comfortably and if that’s not enough there’s a third row of seating hidden in the hatch floor. This extra row boosts passenger capacity to seven but is very small and like most occasional seating best suited to children.
Cargo capacity is a generous 882-litres with the third row stowed away. To get more space the second row can be folded up providing a capacious 1,686 litres of luggage space. A practical split tailgate makes loading large items easier by providing a totally flat loading space and can double up as a seat when the vehicle is parked.
Safety bases are well covered with six airbags including front and rear curtains as standard. There is also Electronic Stability Control, ABS brakes and 3-point seatbelts for all occupants.
The bottom line is that while there’s a whole lot of Mitsubishi hiding underneath, the 4007 still has some nice moves all its own. The diesel engine is strong and refined with decent fuel economy. The ride is comfortable and competent on road and the 4WD on command system allows the 4007 passage into tougher terrain. The interior is well appointed with good quality materials and the exterior styling won’t suit all tastes but it’s bold. As a first entry into the competitive crossover segment, Peugeot have cheated a little, but the end result is a solid offering that will gather interest from badge fans and those looking for something just a little bit different.
Price: From $49,990 luxury model $59,990
What we like:
- Strong diesel engine
- Smart interior
- Comfortable car-like ride
What we don’t like:
- Awkward front end styling
- Restricted rear seating
Words & Photos: Adam Mamo
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Peugeot 4007 Luxury (2010) – Specifications
High-Pressure Direct Injection Turbocharged Diesel, Dual
Clutch System (DCS) 16 valve, 6 speed Automatic
Transmission. 4WD System with electronic control
Cubic Capacity (cc) 2179
Max Power kW (HP) @ rpm 115 (156) @ 4000
Max Torque Nm @ rpm 380 @ 2000
WHEELS AND TYRES
Size 225/55 R18
Rear solid discs
Front”Independent with McPherson type struts & anti-roll bar
Rear”Multi-link with anti-roll bar
Length (mm) 4635
Width (mm) excluding mirrors/including 1805/2072
Height (mm) including roof bars 1715
Kerb weight (kg) 1825
Boot volume with seats in place (l) 441
Boot volume rear seats folded to roof (l) 1686
Braked Trailer Towing Weight (kg) 2000
Unbraked Trailer Towing Weight (kg) 750
FUEL CONSUMPTION & EMISSIONS
City cycle l/100km 9.3
Highway cycle l/100km 6.3
Combined l/100km 7.4
Emission of CO2 by weight (g/km) 195
Emission Control EURO 4
Top speed kms/hr 200
0”100 kms/hr 12.5