The front suspension consists of double wishbones and a linked hub carrier offering superb road holding and comfort, combined with excellent directional control.
The torque produced by the engine and its throttle response at low engine speeds have been the subject of particular attention; as a result, at only 1000 rpm the engine develops 150 lb ft of torque which then increases to 209 lb ft at just 1250 rpm.
In addition, the engine has a very flat torque curve which provides excellent response at all engine speeds, with more than 265 lb ft of torque at 3000 rpm. It produces its maximum power of 170 bhp at 4000 rpm with a maximum torque of 277 lb ft at only 1500 rpm. This can propel the 407 SW from 0 - 62 mph in a reasonable 9 seconds onto a top speed of 137 mph.
Therefore the bi-turbo 2.2 engine has plenty of urge, we quite often comment of diesel engine that if you let the revs drop off you are left floundering not so with the 407. It is very rewarding and quite refined. On the move from inside the cabin audibly it is hard to tell you are driving a diesel car and I couldn’t think of many reasons for opting for a petrol 407 given the choice.
On the motorway our average fuel consumption was around the 38 mpg mark, when touring this reduced to nearer 33 mpg, we were a little bit disappointed with the figures but considering the performance we weren’t surprised.
Overall we were impressed - the 2.2 HDi is a commendable engine.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
The front suspension consists of double wishbones and a linked hub carrier offering superb road holding and comfort, combined with excellent directional control. At the rear a multi-arm rear suspension with inclined dampers optimises the internal width of the boot area. On V6 Petrol and Diesel models, variable electronic suspension with four independently, electronically-controlled dampers with nine individual settings, is fitted as standard.
The electro-hydraulic variable power steering is very well weighted and you soon forget that you are driving a business orientated estate car; the 407 SW is very sure footed and can be driven with considerable eagerness, even on ‘B’ roads. The ride is compliant and even takes on poor road surfaces with some enthusiasm.
The brakes were notably sharp and made a good job of stopping the 407 SW under quite heavy braking.
Overall the Peugeot 407 SW is a car to be driven and it can be very rewarding.
Peugeot 407 SW Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Peugeot 407 SW Sport 2.2 HDi FAP|
|Colour||Onyx Black Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||137 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||55.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 10/10/07)||£22,525 As Tested|