Peugeot 407SW HDi V6 2007 Review

Peugeot 407SW HDi V6 2007 Review

Peugeot 407SW HDI V6

Winter can be a difficult time for reviewing cars. Occasionally Thor, God of Thunder, is in town, and not just for a lightning quick stop, so getting a decent photoshoot in the shorter daylight hours is a battle. Unlike many people, I don’t mind driving in the rain as long as I have a decent car to do it in, and fortunately Peugeot’s shark-like 407SW HDi V6 is perfect for the water.
Usually I like driving uncompromising, uncomfortable and edgy cars that make your ears bleed and teeth rattle, but when ‘il pleut’ (as they say in France) I like an armchair of a seat, fast window wipers and a heater that could melt my ex-wife’s heart. Time to get the 407SW wet while I stay warm and dry.
Both leather front seats are spacious and comfortable with electric adjustment. They’re supportive laterally as well, but without being intrusive in a bucket-seat type of way. Straight ahead is a set of dials that evokes a bygone era — very classy, but quite at odds with the LCD screen and swarm of buttons in the central console.
It may be raining outside the car, but I’ve opened the electric blind on the panoramic glass roof to laugh with impunity at all that Thor can muster, and off we go! Eating up the motorway miles is a doddle, so I turn off for some more challenging tarmac. Engaging the sports suspension mode and the Porsche Tiptronic gearbox I’m impressed with the handling. Cars this size usually don’t like being thrown into tight bends on wet tarmac, and it certainly helps to have 235/45R18 Pirelli P-Zeros on all four corners.
The 407SW’s steeply raked front window and long bonnet really give you the sense you are driving from the middle of the car. Under the bonnet lies a class-leading turbo diesel in terms of fuel efficiency and meeting stringent Euro IV emissions ratings. It contains a maintenance-free FAP (Filtre à Particules) filter which means that the exhaust emissions are virtually particle-free. Our 2.7-litre V6 test car reaches 100kph in a claimed 8.5 seconds, delivering 150kW and a whopping 440Nm of torque at only 1900rpm. It’s acceleration that is seamless and smooth, but is blighted by slight lag from take-off.
Driving in the wet takes more concentration than in the dry and Peugeot’s 407SW has a multitude of features to make it an easy for the driver. It has a user-friendly cruise control (you set the precise speed you want on the digital readout) and a speed limiter to thwart any pesky speed cameras along the way. Automatic rain-sensing wipers and automatic lights give you two less things to think about. One thing that is an advantage to figure out before you depart, though, is the stereo. It’s a competent 10-speaker JBL system with a six-stacker CD in the boot, but other than putting a CD in and turning up the volume, the controls are not intuitive for finding or tuning radio stations or changing settings.
The 407SW’s only real problem is its storage. The back seats don’t fold flat, the glovebox is small, and there are not enough cubby holes. Still, this should be a car on your shortlist if you are a person who does a lot of travelling, and wants to do it in style and comfort. It’s economical, quiet, probably better for the environment than travelling on a dirty, polluting bus, and if you’re a European car lover you won’t let its minor quirks cloud your judgement. It’s packed full of features, so reading the instruction manual is essential to get the most from them. If the V6 at between $66,990 and $69,990 is more than you’d like to spend, there’s a four-cylinder diesel at $54,990 to suit.

Price: from $66,990

Click here to view Peugeot 407s for sale

What we like

  • Comfort
  • Dials
  • Power
  • Fuel efficiency and cleanliness
  • Tyres

What we don’t like

  • Lots of quirks
  • Needs careful study of the instruction manual
  • Back seats don’t lie flat
  • Lag on take-off

Words and photos Darren Cottingham

Peugeot 407SW HDI V6

Winter can be a difficult time for reviewing cars. Occasionally Thor, God of Thunder, is in town, and not just for a lightning quick stop, so getting a decent photoshoot in the shorter daylight hours is a battle. Unlike many people, I don’t mind driving in the rain as long as I have a decent car to do it in, and fortunately Peugeot’s shark-like 407SW HDi V6 is perfect for the water.
Usually I like driving uncompromising, uncomfortable and edgy cars that make your ears bleed and teeth rattle, but when ‘il pleut’ (as they say in France) I like an armchair of a seat, fast window wipers and a heater that could melt my ex-wife’s heart. Time to get the 407SW wet while I stay warm and dry.
Both leather front seats are spacious and comfortable with electric adjustment. They’re supportive laterally as well, but without being intrusive in a bucket-seat type of way. Straight ahead is a set of dials that evokes a bygone era — very classy, but quite at odds with the LCD screen and swarm of buttons in the central console.
It may be raining outside the car, but I’ve opened the electric blind on the panoramic glass roof to laugh with impunity at all that Thor can muster, and off we go! Eating up the motorway miles is a doddle, so I turn off for some more challenging tarmac. Engaging the sports suspension mode and the Porsche Tiptronic gearbox I’m impressed with the handling. Cars this size usually don’t like being thrown into tight bends on wet tarmac, and it certainly helps to have 235/45R18 Pirelli P-Zeros on all four corners.
The 407SW’s steeply raked front window and long bonnet really give you the sense you are driving from the middle of the car. Under the bonnet lies a class-leading turbo diesel in terms of fuel efficiency and meeting stringent Euro IV emissions ratings. It contains a maintenance-free FAP (Filtre à Particules) filter which means that the exhaust emissions are virtually particle-free. Our 2.7-litre V6 test car reaches 100kph in a claimed 8.5 seconds, delivering 150kW and a whopping 440Nm of torque at only 1900rpm. It’s acceleration that is seamless and smooth, but is blighted by slight lag from take-off.
Driving in the wet takes more concentration than in the dry and Peugeot’s 407SW has a multitude of features to make it an easy for the driver. It has a user-friendly cruise control (you set the precise speed you want on the digital readout) and a speed limiter to thwart any pesky speed cameras along the way. Automatic rain-sensing wipers and automatic lights give you two less things to think about. One thing that is an advantage to figure out before you depart, though, is the stereo. It’s a competent 10-speaker JBL system with a six-stacker CD in the boot, but other than putting a CD in and turning up the volume, the controls are not intuitive for finding or tuning radio stations or changing settings.
The 407SW’s only real problem is its storage. The back seats don’t fold flat, the glovebox is small, and there are not enough cubby holes. Still, this should be a car on your shortlist if you are a person who does a lot of travelling, and wants to do it in style and comfort. It’s economical, quiet, probably better for the environment than travelling on a dirty, polluting bus, and if you’re a European car lover you won’t let its minor quirks cloud your judgement. It’s packed full of features, so reading the instruction manual is essential to get the most from them. If the V6 at between $66,990 and $69,990 is more than you’d like to spend, there’s a four-cylinder diesel at $54,990 to suit.

Price: from $66,990

Click here to view Peugeot 407s for sale

What we like

  • Comfort
  • Dials
  • Power
  • Fuel efficiency and cleanliness
  • Tyres

What we don’t like

  • Lots of quirks
  • Needs careful study of the instruction manual
  • Back seats don’t lie flat
  • Lag on take-off

Words and photos Darren Cottingham

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