2007 Peugeot 407 | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

The 407 was the successor to the hugely successful 406, and was launched in 2004 after first being presented in concept car form with the name “407 Elixir” at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. The streamlined design of the car was seen as quite radical, its most distinctive features being its large front grille and the steeply raked screen pillars.

The production 407 is available in sedan, and station wagon/estate variants. The station wagon, known as the 407 SW, was launched four months after the sedan, whereas the was put on sale in the Middle East in late 2006. The was originally presented at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show as a prototype under the name “407 Prologue”.

With a business-like exterior, the 407 is best described as a mid-size executive car though it carries off well as a family sedan too. The stylists have created a balance that is achieved through a long bonnet and a compact rear. Viewed from any angle, the 407 has uncluttered taut lines and possesses a look that is truly unique in the market place.

Following the example of the exterior lines, the interior of the 407 exudes strength and quality. Structured around a bold central console, the interior is organised to ensure that everyone can enjoy driving and travelling together. Everything that can potentially enhance comfort and practicality has been meticulously designed. The storage spaces located around the passenger compartment can be used by all occupants; the air-conditioned glovebox is accompanied by large door pockets and a cup holder along with small sealed or open spaces for use as storage.

 

 

In the Middle East, the entry level engine comprises a 2.0-litre engine with 16 valves and a motorised throttle, developing approx. 138 bhp and 143 lb ft of torque at 4,100 rpm, combined with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic – an auto-adaptive gearbox with a ‘Tiptronic System’ sequential control is also available. Then there is a 2.2-litre engine with a power output of 160 bhp and 163 lb ft of torque at 3,900 rpm, combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox or the 4-speed auto-adaptive gearbox. The top-of-the-line is a 3.0-litre V6 engine offering a power output of 211 bhp and torque of 218 lb ft at 3,750 rpm.

Body TypeSedan/Stationwagon/Coupe
Price (in AED)72,000-129,000
Engine (litre)2.02.23.0
Power (bhp)138160211
Torque (Nm)N/AN/A210
Transmission4A4A6A

 

Also look at: Volkwagen Passat, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord

 

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