So we got a refreshed Peugeot 407
The last time we drove a Peugeot 407, it was 2005, and it was our second ever official test car. It was a 2.0-litre version, and while we didn’t do performance tests back then, it didn’t take a rocket-scientist to figure out that it was a slow car. Fast-forward to 2009, and the 407 has received a tiny facelift, and this time we got a 2.2-litre version. It really is a better car.
Four years after its release, the 407 still manages to look different from the crowd. Just look at how many cars have pointy headlights now, including our Chevy Traverse tester. And yet, the 407 retains its special feline looks, with a bumper-mounted grille and long front-end.
It is impossible to spot the changes up front. I believe there is possibly a bit more chrome on the grille. Maybe the rubber side-strips have been painted. But largely, the car is unchanged. And the front doors remain huge.
The rear simply has white indicator lamps instead of red ones in the previous model.
Our tester’s interior looked interesting, going for a unique gloss-black centre-console design. Combined with the tan interior and wood trim, the entire setup looked classy, especially thanks to generous use of premium materials. The multimedia/nav screen had an attractive graphical interface too.
Like any of today’s midsizers, the luggage boot area is generous, but a Peugeot specialty is big gloveboxes, and the 407 is no exception. A few large water-bottles can be stuffed in there. And even the glovebox cover has soft-touch materials on it.
The coupe-like styling results in rear space comparable to that of some growing compact cars. Today’s oversized Japanese midsize sedans offer more space.
We liked the addition of the simple manually-operated rear sunshade.
In this competitive segment, the 407 is aging well. It also continues to handle like a sports car. This unique car has never sold well, but that just makes it stand out more.