Very impressive. I love how the 407 performs, particularly because this is my first diesel.
Acceleration is excellent and the roll-on at motorway speeds in sixth gear is just as responsive on an incline as it is on the level.
Engine noise from the 136 HDI is unnoticeable with only a very slight diesel rumble at start-up. Overall, I have found the finish to be of a very high standard, the equipment level in the Executive is great, although I think it's about time that sat-nav came as standard. I have no problem with the centre console and I do not find it confusing. This seems to be a criticism on other reviews I have read.
If you’re a music-lover I would recommend the JBL sound system. 240 watts output with 10 speakers and a sub-woofer in the boot gives you everything you‘ll ever need.
I would highly recommend this car, 10 out of 10 Peugeot.
The 407 is a on the next level compared to the 406, which I owned previously. The interior, excluding the centre console, has been put together in a better manner and the materials are of a better quality. The cconsole, with its entire buttons can be confusing, especially at night
The seating and the front space is excellent, the seats are supportive and have multiple available positions
The rear passengers do have reduced headroom, due to the shape of the car. Also with the driver’s seat nearly at its furthest rear position, there is very little legroom behind it for the passenger to feel comfortable.
I find the diesel engine comfortable to drive, it has all the necessary power for all my needs, and it appears to be economical and relatively quiet. On the motorway, there are no problems, ease of overtaking, economic cruise and quiet, but in town, the diesel does have a background noise
Overall, I would rate this as a four-star car with some good and some bad points. I have driven various vehicles and the 407 in my opinion is above the Vectra, Avensis, Laguna and the present Passat. It falls behind the Mondeo, the Accord, and the Mazda 6.
The Peugeot 407 is a very nice car to drive. The suspension is very compliant, giving a smooth ride, especially at motorway speeds. The 136bhp diesel engine is both quiet and refined, with plenty of torque low down, avoiding the need to use the six-speed gearbox too often.
Inside, the cabin is airy, with the large windscreen and vast dashboard giving a feeling of spaciousness. Getting comfortable behind the wheel can take a bit of effort but I eventually managed to find a position that suits me. The equipment is excellent: plenty of airbags, a fairly good cd/radio controlled from a stalk at the side of the steering wheel, and a trip computer which I find very useful when driving, trying to make that expensive diesel go just that little bit further.
Overall the car is returning 47mpg, despite some fairly 'spirited' driving, and it will possibly improve as the engine loosens up. I initially thought that the centre console was festooned with buttons, but after familiarisation you quickly learn which ones are reqiured for everyday driving, and which ones you can ignore.
Overall I find the car very rewarding to drive, it is quiet, comfortable, economical and, so far, reliable. Having owned two 406 coupes previously, I appreciate the extra interior space, the larger boot, free from suspension intrusion, and the more refined ride and handling which Peugeot is famous for. I would certainly recommend anyone taking one for a test drive.
Very comfortable and refined. Diesel performance is surprisingly good for a 1.6.
It's a great motorway car with very good economy. I average over 50mpg mostly motorway.
Automatic wipers are not responsive enough. And there are too many fidly buttons on the console.
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