Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good In our eyes the Peugeot 407 looks the best in this wagon bodystyle with the long roofline a good match for the cab forward styled windscreen and long front overhang. The standard 17 inch alloy wheels are a classy five spoke design and the relatively recent facelift (September 2009) see’s a touch more silver work scattered around the body.
Not so good At over 1,700kg the 407 wagon is one of the heavier choices in the medium family segment (however compared to a similar sized SUV it sure isn’t overweight). The larger than desired (styling wise) gap between the top of the wheels and the bottom of the wheelarches is a little ungainly and ensures the 407 will never be looked at as the sporty choice.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The standard panoramic glass sunroof brings a whole lot of rays of light inside to brighten things up if you go with the black interior (of course the sunshade can be pulled across to block out the summer sun); the steering wheel adjusts for both rake and reach and the driver’s seat is comfortable so getting positioned just right behind the wheel shouldn’t be an issue; the Piano black dash trim is an improvement over the pre-facelift 407’s dash finishing’s. Cargo space is good with the rear seats and front passenger seat able to be folded down flat when a long load is on the cards.
Not so good Aging interior - the centre console has too many buttons cluttered together and the LCD screen is undersized and dated in design. The interior lacks clever storage and only one front cupholder is disappointing. The rear seat is compromised by inadequate legroom (for a vehicle of this size).
Performance

Performance

Good The 2.0L turbo diesel (the only engine now available) produces a decent 320Nm of torque. This provides enough ‘oomph’ for normal urban and highway driving. Low down torque means you don’t need to rev the 407 hard to get the most out of it (by 4,000rpm it’s showed its strength).
Not so good Engine noise is noticeable at idle (and a little truck like); 100kW of power in a vehicle weighing 1,700kg = non performance car acceleration; fuel economy can’t match a number of Euro luxury medium competitors newer diesel offerings (however they are mostly significantly more expensive).
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Over most surfaces the 407 wagon is a good handler; the steering is free from kick-back, and is weighted well; the cabin remains quiet with low wind noise heard from around the windscreen pillars and side mirrors.
Not so good The ride quality detireates over coarse, secondary road surfaces; not drastically, but still enough to tell you that spirited driving is not this vehicles forte.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Ticks the safety box with standard Anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stability Control and an impressive eight airbag count. Now available in only one grade, the upper spec (in Peugeot world) ST ensures a good level of standard features – these include automatic headlights, cruise control, electric folding door mirrors, park assist sensors front and rear and dual zone climate control air-conditioning.
Not so good The 407 is heading towards the end of its lifecycle with a replacement model (to go by the name 508) due here in 2011.