2004 Peugeot 407 ST 1.6 HDI

Summary:

Great car that is comfortable and reliable

Faults:

The radio on/off switch broke, but was replaced in a few minutes for free.

The rear brake light became loose, but this was fixed quickly.

General Comments:

Very happy with the car. It was been reliable except the two small problems mentioned above.

Its very economical 50+mpg and cheap to service with long service intervals.

Its quite to drive, comfortable. Passengers always comment on how comfortable it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2007

4th Jan 2010, 10:16

I was driving this version, and the 2.0 HDI one.

The both were very economical and acted well, but the conclusion came up after I've driven them for a week, is to be honest the 1.6 HDI seemed a bit sluggish compared to its bigger brother, the 2.0, which has more horse power and torque. The 1.6 struggled on some very steep parts of the road, while driving with my 3 mates.

2007 Peugeot 407 Coupe SE 2.2

Summary:

Fantastic value for money!

Faults:

Absolutely no problems so far, the car has been faultless.

General Comments:

Recently taken delivery of a 2.2 SE. Silver with fantastic red leather seats. I can't believe I only paid £16700 for this car brand new. Haggle hard, because the discounts are there.

The fit and finish are superb, helped no doubt by the seperate production line. The engine is very smooth and the car car extremely quiet. It's no rocket ship, but that's not why I bought it. I specified the sat nav/phone and overall it works great. It still suffers the small bug of the dash indicator thinking you drive on the right, but the main colour display is so good, it's not really a hassle. Equipment levels are massive and everything is working as advertised so far. I'm getting around 25mpg at the moment, but that's all town driving and it may improve a little as the engine loosens up.

I've received nothing, but complimentary comments about the car and am thoroughly enjoying every minute I spend in it. I can't imagine what else is available that is this good for the money and best of all, there isn't one parked in every car park. Can't recommend it enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2007

2004 Peugeot 407 SE 2.0 HDI

Summary:

A great car that is a pleasure to drive and be driven in

Faults:

Haven't had any major problems with the car so far. The most serious was when the CD player wouldn't eject a CD but spun it at high speed inside the player.

General Comments:

I used to drive a Peugeot 406 with a petrol engine. When the mileage was too high, I decided to sell it and buy a different car - not French and a diesel for a change. I test-drove Ford Mondeo, Audi A4, VW Bora, Mazda 6, Honda Accord (2-liter petrol) but wasn't happy with any of them. Then I gave a Peugeot 407 a try and made my decision to get one.

The car looks great - well, I like it. Interior is modern, clean and functional. Buttons and controls seemed a bit chaotic first, but one can get used to them quite easily.

All seats are comfortable. There is enough space for a tall person like me on the front seats. However, there isn't so much space on back seats. I even struggled to place the car seat to the back - I had to shift the front passenger's seat so much to the front that it is not comfortable anymore to sit there for more than 3-4 hours.

The 407 has a small boot for the size of the car. In fact, my wife's Renault Megane (1998) has a bigger boot. Comparing to Peugeot 406, the new 407 is smaller inside and has a smaller boot.

The 2-litre turbo-diesel is a great engine. Very powerful, without the annoying acceleration lag that Mazda's turbo-diesels suffer from. I expected it to be a little less "thirsty" though. According to the on-board computer, the average diesel consumption is 44 MPG (6.4 litres per 100 km) with 33 MPH average speed (53km per hour). I know other diesels (Honda Accord, BMW 3-series, VW Passat TDI PS that my mates drive) achieve lower consumption providing equivalent (or better) performance. But hey - they are much more expensive.

The only thing I miss in SE trim is the cruise control. You can get an aftermarket cruise control fitted (even with 407's original stick control) but that costs more than £500 and I think it's not worth that money.

I don't regret buying the 407 - I'm only sorry I couldn't find a good deal on an estate, since with the new baby coming soon the car will be too small, especially for long journeys from England to Slovakia that we do at least once a year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2006

12th Oct 2007, 10:10

UPDATE:

I got the original cruise control fitted in a Peugeot garage in Slovakia for about £40. Works great! The fuel consumption has improved to nearly 60 MPG on long journeys with it!

I got a roof-box so the size of the boot is not an issue any more.

A CD gets stuck in the stereo sometimes and makes an unpleasant noise when I try to eject it. Quite annoying.

Other than that, everything is brilliant. I love the car!