Peugeot 407 Coupe Road Test -
It’s not uncommon to see me salivating over certain things – new gadgets, my mother’s baklava and even scantly clad women. Up until now I had never actually salivated over any cars – that was until I drove the Peugeot 407 Coupe.
Peugeot’s idea of style is often a wacky set of angles that don’t always meet everyone’s tastes. The 407 Coupe on the other hand is one of those cars that I could stare at day in, day out. Up the front, there is a gaping intake where the Diesel’s intercooler lies, whilst along the sides lay a set of gills – purely for aesthetic purposes.
There’s no doubt that the 407 Coupe has the ability to entice visually, does that ability extend to decent on-road manners though? I hit the road to find out.
One of the first things you notice when opening the driver’s door is the amount of effort required. Heaven forbid needing to open the door when the car is on an opposing angle; it’s almost a case of getting legs involved to pry the door from its comfy closed position.
Once inside though, I was simply awe-struck. The test vehicle I was driving had an almost white interior that looked quite stunning. The seats were accommodating and hugged both driver and passenger to ensure minimal movement through corners. They were electrically adjustable and were heated to increase comfort levels.
The centre console is common 407 ground. A flurry of buttons and switches control the various aspects of climate, audio and auxiliary features, whilst a little hatch at the bottom of the centre console provides storage space. The LCD centre console display that houses driver information can be adjusted to all sorts of colours to personalise the driving experience. A stellar JBL sound system with subwoofer headlines the audio system, whilst a 6-stack in-boot CD-changer facilitates for playback of golden oldies.
Boot room is quite impressive due to the car’s total length, allowing for a substantial amount of luggage space to suit everyone’s needs. Visual and audible warnings are available via the centre console LCD screen, this is assisted by six front mounted and four rear mounted parking sensor doodads.
The outer –
As I mentioned earlier, the 407 Coupe’s styling is near perfection. The lines that the vehicle follows from front to rear cease to amaze, whilst the image the 407 Coupe boasts while in motion is equally impressive and attention grabbing.
The windscreen wipers tuck in under the bonnet so they only become visible when in motion, adding to the minimalist approach of the vehicle’s design.
18” 235/45 wheels fill the wheel arches, whilst four wheel disc brakes (with front discs ventilated) dominate each wheel’s profile. There’s no doubt that the 407 Coupe is designed to look like it’s meant to move, the curved sculpture cuts the vehicle a line through the air and looks aerodynamically sound.
On the road –
Nailing the throttle in the 407 Coupe is like opening up a can of proverbial whoop-arse. The twin-turbo Diesel unit requires a moment before it unleashes a massive amount of torque through the front wheels.
Driving the 407 Coupe through our regular sports car test route unearthed an uncanny experience. There was seldom a chance to look down at the speedo to see just how quick I was going; the Coupe was ploughing through corners with little hesitation. The test vehicle was still a baby. With only around 2000km on the clock, the Diesel engine still wasn’t in full swing. None the less, keeping the 6-speed automatic transmission in Sport mode was the ideal way to fly through a set of corners with the most pace. Sport mode inherently kept the revs in the Diesel’s sweet spot and in turn provided an amazing amount of torque and barely any turbo-lag out of corners.
To further help the cause, the 407 Coupe’s brakes were on par with some of the best I have sampled in a standard production vehicle. The brakes remained strong and composed throughout the entire torture session and provided excellent feedback throughout all facets of driving. The steering was also sublime; the wheel was the perfect size for nipping out of corners with minimal fuss, whilst the feedback through the wheel kept the driver informed of every single bump and abrasion on the road.
Under the hood –
The motor isn’t a stranger to the Peugeot family. In fact, I tested the 407 Touring earlier with the same engine, which is also used in some Jaguar vehicles.
The 2.7-litre, twin-turbo V6 Diesel unit produces 150kW at 4000RPM and an impressive 440Nm of torque at just 1900RPM.
Price, options and features –
The 407 Coupe is available in two guises – Petrol and Diesel. The petrol model is available for $65,990 in manual form and $68,190 in automatic form. The Diesel on the other hand is only available in automatic form and retails for $72,500 (being test driven).
As one of the most expensive vehicles in the Peugeot range, the 407 Coupe is loaded with features, such as: Central locking; auto-locking hijack protection; cruise control, plus speed limiter; electric windows; auto-dimming rear vision mirror; heat reflective windscreen; front and rear parking sensors; tyre pressure sensors; JBL 6-disc CD player stereo; dual-zone climate controlled air-conditioning; pollen filter; trip computer; leather interior; 18” alloy wheels; metallic paint; adaptive Bi-xenon headlights; front and rear fog lights; rain sensing windscreen wipers; electric seats and heated front seats.
The Peugeot 407 Coupe took me by total surprise. On first glance, although the vehicle’s design is quite breathtaking, it didn’t strike me as a vehicle that had capable sporting agility. But, after taking the 407 Coupe for a good old thrashing, it became obvious that it was so much more than a gorgeous vehicle.
Its manners during regular driving were quite impressive, and its ability through corners, even more so. The sport suspension setting firmed the suspension up to a point where the suspension literally forced the vehicle to stay flat when pegging through a corner. The fact that the 407 Coupe was designed with sporty ability in mind also helped the situation, providing a rigid and compliant body.
There are an endless amount of features associated with the car. Therefore, there’s not doubt that it also carries an equivalent price tag. In the grand scheme of things though, there aren’t many other Euro vehicles that can offer the same level of features, sporting agility and such a compliant body for the same price.
CarAdvice Rating out of 5:
- Paul Maric