The 407 Coupe is a long car and it appears even more so because of the low roofline and sleek profile. It is some 58mm longer than the previous 406 Coupe and is wider too. That means extra interior space - it is more than a 2+2 with ample room for two adults in the rear of the cabin and plenty of legroom. The deeply contoured 'bucket' seats, which in the test car were beautifully upholstered in stone-coloured leather, are very comfortable and, despite the high hip-height, it doesn't feel at all claustrophobic. The rear seats have the appearance of being a static unit but do in fact have a 60:40 split and fold function, increasing the huge 400-litre capacity boot even further. Even with the seats in place, I had trouble reaching into the furthest corners. Thank goodness for the cargo net.
The front seats are 20mm lower in the Coupe than in the saloon version and are set back a little in comparison. Both passenger and driver's seats are even more sculpted and hip-hugging, offering a great deal of support when negotiating fast bends. They benefit from electric adjustment with two memory settings for the driver and variable heating for the squab and seat backs. The door mirror position also has a memory setting and is linked to the selection of reverse gear.
To make life easier for rear passengers getting in and out of the back, the front seats move forward electronically when prompted by a tug on the handle. It is easier but not quicker and when it is raining, you'd be forgiven for wishing they would move a bit faster.
While leather upholstery is standard on the SE and GT models, only the latter has an integral leather dashboard with dark leather areas on top of the fascia and brushed aluminium styling details. The instrument panel above the rake and reach-adjustable steering wheel features five dials in a chronograph style each with chrome surrounds. It's very readable and I didn't get the sense of being given too much information.
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