The Peugeot 4007 drives surprisingly well bearing in mind that is a SUV not a hot hatchback.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
The Peugeot 4007 drives surprisingly well bearing in mind that is a SUV not a hot hatchback. The four wheel drive system provides plenty of grip at sensible speeds. Yes, the 4007 does suffer from body roll and it can become a little unsettled through demanding bends, but if that is how you drive then you are not going to buy a SUV.
Overall it copes very well with family motoring and it shouldn't disappoint, the ride is a little on the hard side but it does feel controlled, coping well with poor road surfaces.
We did not venture too far off road in the Peugeot 4007, limiting our use to our local farm tracks.
There are three 4-wheel drive modes or options which can be selected by the driver a central knob located between the two front seats:
There is a 2-wheel drive mode (2WD) which corresponds to driving on tarmac, when the driver does not expect any loss of traction (a dry road). The vehicle operates most efficiently in front-wheel drive (2WD), thereby reducing fuel consumption, which is good thing considering our fuel consumption figures.
The default mode is 4-wheel drive mode (4WD), in this setting torque is distributed between the front and rear axles controlled by the ECU. This provides the optimal road holding regardless of surface conditions.
If the weather conditions prevail or in off-road situations you can lock the 4-wheel drive mode to distribute more torque to the rear wheels than the normal 4WD mode. This is the case in particular at low speed, when 50% of additional torque will be distributed to the rear compared to 4WD automatic mode.
A lot of attention has been paid in collaboration with the tyre manufacturers to develop an 18" tyre (225/55 R18) suitable for both on-road and modest off-road driving. A 16" tyre (215/70 R16) has also been developed for more extreme leisure pursuits where the vehicles driving abilities under poor conditions are more important.
We found that the Peugeot 4007 could cope quite well with the farm tracks, but due to lack of off-road tyres and a low ratio gearbox we stayed off the wet fields and muddier tracks. Ground clearance is reasonable and although overall the Peugeot 4007 is more suited to tarmac it is ideal for country lane use in poorer weather conditions.
Ease of Use
Getting in and out of the Peugeot 4007 is hampered by the high sills, especially if you have short legs.
The driving position is good and the driver's seat is electrically adjustable but lacks a memory function. The raised driving position gives you a commanding view of the road ahead and our test car was fitted with optional parking sensors and reserving camera, making parking an easy affair.
The five door Peugeot 4007 has been designed to seat seven, it certainly can accommodate five in relative comfort although the rear row of seats is only suitable for pre-teenage children.
The rear two seats cleverly fold flat into the rear boot floor space, giving you the option of five or seven seats. With the Peugeot 4007 in five seat configuration the boot space is 510 litres (VDA) under the parcel shelf, which can be increased to 1686 litres with all the seats down.
Peugeot 4007 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot 4007 GT|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||123 mph|
|Top Speed||12.5 seconds|
|Transmission||6-Speed Dual Clutch System (DCS) Automatic|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||46.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 15/06/10)||£26,945|