The combination of a (comparatively) light diesel engine and second-generation common-rail technology have given this car impressive acceleration.
Excellent sound-proofing and the low-revving engine, plus the specially treated windows, make for an almost silent journey even under conditions of hard acceleration. The car handles like most big saloons, but body roll is limited by the stabilisers and the seats are supportive without pretending to be racing seats. The braking assistance is TOO fierce if anything and one learns quickly to be light-footed.
The array of gizmos is staggering. Two hours of study with manual in hand is necessary to get to grips with all the systems. This said, many of the innovations are genuinely useful, eg refrigerated glovebox, photo-sensitive mirrors, mirrors dipping to show the rear wheels when reversing, voice commands and electrically adjustable front seats. There are many more.
The car is not greedy and has a good range. Unlike the BMW 7 Series, the on-board computer is user-friendly and accessible. Interior fittings are of sound quality with the sole exception of the ghastly plastic cup-holders permanently on view in the rear armrest.
I am tempted to buy: I am told the model will not be replaced for three or four years. As always, the fear is of heavy depreciation. This is perhaps fractionally less worrying in France than in UK.
I have owned my 607 for 18 months and my initial enthusiasm has dulled due to several mechanical problems, which have meant that the car has actually been one of the most unreliable I have owned.
The car looks great and is very well finished inside, with a very good quality feel. There is tons of room and rear occupants have a lot of room. The boot is massive.
The car is very refined and is an ideal motorway cruiser. It is very quiet at speed and you very rarely hear the diesel engine. The climate control and stereo are very good. Generally most friends that have travelled in this agree that it makes a good "poor man's executive" car without you spending a great deal (especially if you buy second-hand... new ones plummet in value.)
Fuel efficiency has been 43mpg-46mpg. Servicing costs are very fair.
Now the not so good bits. The car labours, since weight to power ratio is poor. Once it's cruising all is well.
The car has been in and out of the dealers for recalls, programming problems. It has spilt diesel on our drive (split fuel tank). It has had numerous fuel problems. I am now wondering if the bulb on the engine control warning light might soon need replacing, since it seems to spend more time on than off.
Therefore, all in all, if you get a good one then this is a great car. If you get a bad one, then just be grateful that the car comes with three years' breakdown recovery, since you might be needing it!
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