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3 out of 5 stars

For It has lots of kit, it's great on the motorway, and the diesel engines are cracking

Against It has a long front overhang and a fussy dash

Verdict It's a comfortable, well-equipped cruiser

Go for… 2.2 SE petrol

Avoid… 3.0 V6 petrol

Peugeot 407 Coupe
  • 1. Although the rear is cramped, the car can take four adults
  • 2. Take time to check all the high-tech kit (voice-activated telephone and sat-nav) to ensure it's in good working order
  • 3. Check the manual gearbox – the gearchange may feel slack if the car has covered a high mileage
  • 4. Track down a car in SE trim, not S, as this will give you leather upholstery
  • 5. There's plenty of boot space
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Peugeot 407 Coupe full review with expert trade views

There are plenty of coupes around, but the 407 doesn’t fit into the little gang that’s made up of regulars such as the Nissan 350Z, Audi TT and Mazda RX-8. It just isn’t sporting enough; although Peugeot stiffened and lowered the 407 saloon’s chassis, the resulting coupe still lacks the nimbleness and poise of its rivals. It feels more at home on the motorway than on a country road.

There’s no faulting the performance of the V6 petrol engine and the choice doesn’t end there, thanks to a smaller 2.2-litre petrol engine and a meaty V6 diesel on offer.

Inside, Peugeot has gone for a high-tech look, but to some it will appear cluttered and gimmicky. Although the rear is cramped, there is room for four adults and plenty of boot space, too.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Good-looking coupe but it's a Peugeot so will always struggle with image

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

Sometimes, less is more, which is why our pick of the range is the 2.2-litre 163bhp petrol - it posts a 0-60mph time of 9.2sec and runs on to 138mph. Track down a low-mileage example at a Peugeot dealer, but in SE trim, not S, and this will give you leather upholstery, electric seats and a multi-disc CD-player.

All models get curtain airbags, air-con and electric windows. Top-spec trim is GT, but this only comes on the 211bhp V6 petrol and the 205bhp V6 turbodiesel.

The petrol V6 came with a six-speed manual gearbox while an automatic cost another £1000 when new. The six-speed auto is fitted as standard to the diesel car and, although their power delivery and the noise they make are quite different, there is little to split the diesel and the petrol when it comes to performance.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Reasonable demand for smaller engine over larger and with SE spec

James Ruppert
Used car guru

At launch, car cost experts were predicting that the 407 Coupe would be worth 35% of what you paid for it after three years. That’s woeful when you consider the old-shape Audi TT was still predicted to retain 52% and the Mazda RX-8 49%. Still, it does make the Peugeot very cheap to buy used.

The 407’s lengthy service intervals also take some of the hassle out of ownership, and servicing costs are competitive; it will be cheaper to look after than the Audi and cost around the same as the Mazda. The V6 engines attract group 16 insurance and it’s only one group less for the 2.2-litre, which returns 30.7mpg. The V6 diesel returns 33.2mpg and the petrol V6 27.6mpg.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Good-looking coupe but it's a Peugeot so will always struggle with image

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

As it was only introduced in 2006 there’s not a huge body of evidence one way or the other on the 407 Coupe’s reliability. In the past, Peugeot has not exactly covered itself in glory in surveys such as the JD Power Customer Satisfaction study, but we have seen the build quality steadily improve over the last few years.

The electrics are often a cause of concern, though, and there is a lot of high-tech kit available on the 407, including a voice-activated telephone and advanced satellite navigation systems. So, take your time and check everything individually to make sure it is in good working order before committing.

Check the manual gearbox thoroughly, too – the gearchange may feel slack if the car has covered a high mileage.

By late 2006, there had only been one recall, detailing a tendency for engines to stall.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Reasonable demand for smaller engine over larger and with SE spec

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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