Peugeot 407 SW Review

Peugeot 407 SW Interior
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Peugeot 407 SW Review

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The Peugeot 407 SW we drove was fitted with Peugeot’s new RT4 Multi Media System which comprises of Satellite Navigation with TMC, a full hands free GSM telephone (just add your SIM card), a single slot CD player and radio, plus MP3 playback via the external RCA/auxiliary sockets or from the 30GB hard disk drive, oh you can also use the system to watch back video footage from your camera or camcorder.

Infotainment

The Peugeot 407 SW we drove was fitted with Peugeot’s new RT4 Multi Media System which comprises of Satellite Navigation with TMC, a full hands free GSM telephone (just add your SIM card), a single slot CD player and radio, plus MP3 playback via the external RCA/auxiliary sockets or from the 30GB hard disk drive, oh you can also use the system to watch back video footage from your camera or camcorder.

Isn’t it strange, last week I tested a Volvo XC90 which had a hard disk powered Satellite Navigation system rather than usual DVD or CD based systems. Which I thought was rather clever, now this week I see that the Peugeot 407 SW I am testing not only has a hard drive system it can also use the spare capacity on the 30 GB hard disk to store music files, around 180 hours of music from either audio CDs or MP3 CDs. You simply put your favourite CD in the slot and the system will automatically copy the disc to the hard drive after a few key presses, you can also select the bit-rate you wish the disk to be sampled. The only drawback I could find is that it can take a fair time to copy a disc. The idea is quite innovative and in some ways better than a CD auto-changer.

Disappointingly the Satellite Navigation system does not allow you to enter post codes when entering destination addresses, which might frustrate some business users. Otherwise it performed quite well; we took it out of its standard 3d mode preferring the look of 2d mapping.  Being hard disk based instead of DVD or CD means that it is quicker and can store the complete maps of 30 European countries.

How It Looks -

We think the Peugeot 407 SW is better looking than its Saloon sibling and as we have said before the exterior styling is both purposeful and elegant, yet it still retains its ‘shark’ like profile.

Viewed from any angle, the 407 has uncluttered, taut lines and possesses a look that is still unique in the market place

There is no doubt that from the outside it is instantly recognisable as a Peugeot - from the front grille to the rear badge. We liked the exterior which is elegant, yet sharp, more coupe like than saloon. It is very hard to believe Ferrari’s favourite design house Pininfarina did not pen the 407 - rather it was done in house.

How It Looks - Interior

The seats were a mixture of hard wearing cloth and leather. The trim was a mixture of metallic plastics and carbon fibre styling with chrome door handles. The instrument panel features ivory dials with chrome surrounds.

We thought the interior, including the materials used to be typical of this class of car, although as with the Saloon we were not that keen on the plastic centre console that surrounds the TFT telematics screen and air conditioning controls

Rivals
  • Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring, Citroen C5 Estate, Honda Accord Tourer, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, Renault Laguna Sport Tourer
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Peugeot 407 SW Road Test Data
Model ReviewedPeugeot 407 SW Sport 2.2 HDi FAP
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourOnyx Black Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban34.4 mpg
Extra Urban55.3 mpg
Combined45.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 10/10/07)£22,525 As Tested

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