Peugeot 407 high on refinement, low on stress

Iain Dooley checks out Peugeot's refined, relaxing and capable 407 saloon.

Engines – Being French, the 407 can be had with a wide range of impressive diesel engines offering a solid combination of refinement and economy. If you plan on towing anything, this is the way to go. Alternatively, less demanding and low-mileage drivers won't be disappointed by the smooth petrol offerings.

Exterior – Opting to stay with the saloon format of its predecessor, the 407 boasts a long nose, large cabin and short, stubby boot. That said, the car's trunk is capable of swallowing a large amount of stuff. At the front the 407 was one of the first Peugeots to adopt the then new corporate 'face'.

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Interior – Keen to appeal to buyers seeking an upmarket experience, Peugeot designed the 407's interior with a heavy bias towards refinement. Plush seats and premium-level trim do much to position the car alongside the likes of Honda's Accord and Volkswagen's Passat.

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Driving – Along with the premium cabin ambience, Peugeot's 407 is very much biased towards comfort and refinement when on the move. This is no sports car – the engine choice reflects this – but it's a swift, engaging and relaxing experience.

Ownership – A deceptively large car, make sure there's enough room in your garage. Also, the 407's long bonnet can make parking a little tricky. Elsewhere, the big Peugeot is easy to live with; cabin and load space is good and it's not exactly a difficult car to drive.

What to look for – Bought by a wide variety of drivers – private and business – high-mileage company cars are common, although if supported by a detailed service history you should be fine. High miles or not, a test-drive is essential to ensure everything works and there are no surprises – rattles, clunks, unusual behaviour – to spoil the purchase. Parking dents and excessively kerbed wheels should be avoided for obvious reasons.

Model history – 2004, Peugeot launches all-new 407 saloon to replace 406 model. Car offers greater emphasis on refinement and range includes a revised range economical HDI turbo diesel engines to partner the petrol alternatives. SW estate also available. Generous levels of standard equipment across the range including safety kit, plus a useful choice of optional cost extras.

Reasons to buy – Plenty of choice, refined driving experience, diesel engine economy.

Reasons to beware – Used and abused high-mileage models, entry-level petrol variants.

Pick of the range – 407 1.6 HDI SE 110.

What to pay – 2004 04 �3,925; 2005 05 �4,750; 2006 06 �5,600; 2007 07 �6,600; 2008 08 �7,975. Figures relate to showroom prices for cars in A1 condition.

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