Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Arriving Down Under in November 2009 (however it’s been on sale in Europe since mid 2007) the 4007 is a ‘rebadged’ Mitsubishi Outlander. In Peugeot’s defense the 4007 has its own front bumper and headlight design. Build quality should be on the money as the 4007 in produced by Mitsubishi in Japan alongside the Outlander.
Not so good Look past the Peugeot nose, and what you get is pure Mitsubishi Outlander – much of the 4007 (Chassis, body & interior) is all Outlander, this kind of ‘badge engineering’ has gone out of fashion in the last decade. As a result the 4007 misses out on a number of the French brands strengths and favourable quirks. As with the Outlander, the entry level ST grade rides on 16 inch alloys (the SV grade looks far sportier with its standard 18 inch wheels).
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Class leading space for a compact SUV; choose from five or seven seats; the top dog SV grade features leather seats all round with the front two heated and the driver’s electric. As with the Outlander, the 4007’s second row offers plenty of room. Boot space is impressive – measuring almost 600 litres might not sound like much (but that’s with the third row seats up), but increases to approx 1,700 litres with the third row folded flat or in the five seat version. The neat split folding tailgate creates a usable seat to watch the kids play sport whilst being protected from the weather.
Not so good 100% Outlander in here and that means brittle, hard plastics. This is especially disappointing as Peugeot’s of late have warm and inviting interiors.
Performance

Performance

Good Unlike the Outlander the 4007 is 100% Diesel powered. It’s a Peugeot / Citroen Group four cylinder engine, 2.0L in size and producing 115kW of power and 380Nm of torque. This is a smooth engine on the move and impressively doesn’t need to be revved hard (great low down pulling power on offer - 250Nm of torque is available from only 1250rpm and 300Nm from only 1500rpm).
Not so good The 4007 isn’t a fast car from take-off. Fitted with the six speed dual clutch auto transmission (the other option is a six speed manual), it even feels slow at times. The turbo diesel is a touch noisy at idle.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The 4007 sends power through the front wheels, only needing to engage the rear when sensors detect the front wheels slipping (as with the Outlander). Limited body roll thanks to the all independent suspension, results in an overall decent drive and the succinct steering is well weighted.
Not so good The added weight of the turbo diesel compared to the petrol four, in the entry level Mitsubishi Outlander, results in a slightly more nose heavy feeling when cornering. The ride is also too easily unsettled on anything less than smooth surfaces.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Peugeot claims this is Australia’s only ‘European’ SUV with seven seats and a diesel engine for under $50k (but you could argue the 4007 is more Japanese than European). All grades come standard with Anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stability Control and six airbags. Rear parking sensors and cruise control are also standard across all grades and the option of seven seat capacity is a plus. Excellent fuel economy. From June 2010 Peugeot reduced the 4007's Recommended Retail Price by a couple of thousand dollars.
Not so good The top of the range 4007 is more expensive than the comparable petrol V6 Outlander (but now only just) yet misses out on a number of tasty features standard on the Mitsubishi (such as a rear view camera, satellite navigation, bluetooth and the booming Rockford Fosgate audio system.