Peugeot 4007 Allure SE 2012 Review

January 27th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

Funnily enough, when I walked up to Peugeot to pick this 4007 up, I casually glanced in its direction and thought, why has someone parked an Outlander there? You see, I’d only seen the 4007 in front three-quarter and rear-three quarter view, and both of those slightly obscure its Outlander origins.

If you’ve read any of the Mitsubishi Outlander reviews we’ve written then you’ll know that it’s a solid SUV contender, and the 7-seat option adds practicality. However, what Peugeot does to make the 4007 is take it and make it better. It’s like a ‘finishing school’ .

Gone (praise the deities) is the slightly annoying CVT gearbox (the main thing I don’t like about the Outlander). In its place is a conventional 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic with a sport mode and a leather-bound gear shifter. The sport mode, as you would expect, changes down earlier and up later, but in typical French fashion it’s fairly ambivalent, and this actually works well. Some manufacturers overdo it on the sports mode; Peugeot has given it just enough extra verve to make it useful.

Second, possibly because of the revised weight distribution it definitely feels slightly less wallowy, but doesn’t compromise on comfort. The suspension setup on the two vehicles is the same – a Macpherson strut up front and multi link with stabilizer at the rear.

Third, there’s an aftermarket satellite navigation system by Pantera which forms part of the rear view mirror. In theory (and when it’s working), this is a really good system. It’s easy to see – you’re used to glancing at your rear view mirror – and it’s touch screen, with a fairly intuitive interface. It didn’t work all the time though; the signal dropped out occasionally and I couldn’t find the reason why as it was a clear, sunny day. The system also includes phone integration and will play music.
Fourth, Peugeot has some customleather seats made here in NZ, and they’re wide and comfortable. Continue reading “Peugeot 4007 Allure SE 2012 Review” »

Peugeot 4007 Luxury 2010 Review

April 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

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.

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