The car for this hard working Musician
Steelasophical Steel Band vehicle of choice
The Peugeot 407 sw exec was purchased brand new in Sept of 2006 and was the successor to my beloved Peugeot 406 Estate exec and the obvious vehicle of choice at Steelasophical (www.steelband.co.uk).
With the introduction of the 407, Peugeot aim to return to dominance within the upper-medium segment of the new car market.
With its bold, sporting design, Peugeot has given the new range a high-tech specification that provides character, dynamism and real-world driving pleasure in equal measure.
The 407 is based on PSA Peugeot Citroen’s platform three for middle and upper segment vehicles.
The specification has however been up-rated significantly to meet Peugeot’s distinctive requirements for road holding, comfort and safety.
Its overall size places it in the middle of its segment.
Sales sand Marketing
The Peugeot 407 is a HDi 110 FAP 2.0l.
Transmissions is 6-speed manual gearbox.
Peugeot launched the 407 with the television advertisement entitled ‘407 Toys’ featuring a world where everyone drives a variety of wacky toy cars.
The 407 appears in the midst of these bizarre life-size toys with the line ‘The Peugeot 407 – Playtime is Over’.
Our test car was fitted with an integrated satnav/stereo/phone package that worked very well allowing operation of all the controls through one interface. This system is in addition to the generous standard equipment that includes bi-zone climate control and that panoramic glass roof, as well as the features you’d expect such as full electrics. A raft of active safety devices and airbags are also included, features that assisted the Peugeot 407 achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating
The 1.6-litre HDi engine offers excellent economy and only feels as slow as the figures suggest when extended; even then it retains its refinement and composure. Peugeot’s diesels have always been amongst the best and I’d find it hard to justify a petrol engined 407, although the 136bhp HDi looks like a better option than the 110bhp 1.6, for only £900 more. Nonetheless, if the majority of your miles are accrued on the motorway the 1.6-litre car will serve you well, humming away in the background sipping derv at around 45mpg. The refinement of the 407 at a cruise is impressive in terms of the lack of wind and road noise, as well as the hushed tones of the diesel.
The gear shift in our test car was a little more vague than I normally associate with a Peugeot, particularly between 4th and 5th, but the 407 SW steers accurately, if somewhat lacking in weight and feel, and handles fluently courtesy of a well set up suspension that also enables the car to offer a supple ride, soaking up expansion gaps and urban road scars alike. Personally I’d be tempted to overlook the optional larger alloys that may detract from the ride and handling balance found on this car shod with 205/60 tyres on 16-inch rims. The brake pedal is the usual over servoed affair found in most Peugeots, but once you adjust to the extra retardation in the initial travel they prove themselves to be strong with decent feel.
Gary Trotman – (DofM)
On behalf of Steelasophical
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