I have had the car now for 10 weeks and have completed just under 7000 miles. Overall I am very happy with the car, as it suits my long-distance/motorway driving requirements well.
It's very quick for a six-speed, automatic diesel. In sport mode there is good flexibility and excellent acceleration for overtaking, and the gearbox is fabulously smooth - only by listening to the engine can you tell whether it has changed gear.
The seats are very firm, but very comfortable on long trips. Equipment levels are very high and the freebie Smartnav system has a 100% record so far.
On the downside - the boot is very small compared to my old Peugeot 406 estate, the rear legroom is just as tight as the 406, and the fuel economy is appalling - 36mpg over 6500 miles.
It's not so bad once the engine warms up, but on journeys of less than 10 miles I generally average 25mpg. I think the FAP (diesel particulate filter) system has something to do with this as a friend has the non-FAP version and it's significantly better, although he still only manages 40-45mpg, which is much worse than the diesel Passats my colleagues have.
In summary - I suspect I will not be allowed to buy another Peugeot once the finance director sees the running costs of my 407. As Peugeot sell most of their cars to fleets, they are going to have to improve or get squeezed out of the market by the Volkswagen and Audi diesels.
I've had the car for approx two months and 4000 miles, and at the moment I'm horrified by the fuel consumption, averaging approx 35/36 mpg on a return trip from Cornwall upto the Midlands, and approx 34mpg running around locally (average 10 mile trips). Having just moved from a Mondeo and 47+mpg, I'm in shock!!
A few niggling faults, with the driver's seat rattling, erratic auto wipers and oil level indicator on dash lighting up when engine's full of oil.
Find the car quiet and comfortable to drive, although has anyone noticed how low the pedals are and how awkward it is to push throttle fully to the floor. Also find rear passenger leg/foot space limited.
In all a fairly nice car to drive, but I wouldn't have another one
Whilst the car has a very good engine it often seems to run out of puff and until you drive it you do not know if the car is going to have a good day or a bad day - it will either run perfectly or will give a 'I didn't want to go out today' effort - warnings will come on and the engine will be hesitant to pick up although after a few days in the Main Dealers this has improved.
The car looks modern however the trim you do not see as often is very lighweight such as the rear seat squabs being able to be bent through a ridiculous angle when you fold down the seats - not a sign of quality.
On the whole 5/10 - must try harder - especially with electrical gimicks and brakes that need replacing after 20,000 miles. It will be interesting to see how the inside lasts especially as the pedals and mats were worn at 5000 miles giving the indication that the car had done 10 times that mileage.
I replaced my 406 estate with the 407SW in December 2004 and have now done nearly 30,000km.
In my view there is no comparison with the 407 being an infinitely better car both to drive and for comfort and running costs.
The often criticised console layout is not difficult to use and I find the most used controls fall easily to hand. There is plenty of space in the backseats for my two six foot sons as well as the two labradors in the back.
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