All blinged up: Peugeot has added a dose of visual drama to its 4007 off-roader. Ian Robertson dons his wellies and ventures into the great outdoors to experience its charms
While the majority of European car makers were on the ball when it came to producing off-roaders, the French ones were caught napping and turned up late to the party. Not just Peugeot and Citroën, but Renault, too. Pug needed to play catch up and get a vehicle to market quickly, so it shared development with the Citroën C-Crosser, and asked Mitsubishi to provide the donor vehicle. What resulted is almost a carbon copy of the Mitsubishi Outlander, with subtle styling touches to the front and rear developed for each of the French marques.
The end result was a vehicle similar in size to the 407 saloon, complete with off-road capabilities. So the 4007 name was born, with an added zero to reflect the fact that it had an extra dimension and more versatility compared to its saloon stablemate. And while the new off-roader could never be described as pretty, it is distinctive, especially in special edition Sport XS guise, as tested here. To build on the visual drama of the standard model, Peugeot has added sporty 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome mirrors, door handles and side bars, together with front and rear spoilers. Inside there’s a special quilted leather upholstery and only five seats instead of the usual seven. To top it all off, there’s a choice of black or white paintwork. Out on the road, the proven 2.2-litre HDi engine is a quiet, sprightly performer. It’s refined too, with decent levels of flexibility throughout the rev range. The 4007 is at its best on the motorway, though, proving to be a comfortable, effortless cruiser. Ride is a little on the firm side, although never gets too uncomfortable, while handling is what you would expect from an off-roader, providing plenty of grip. The switch between two and four-wheel drive is as easy as a flick of the rotary dial and can be carried out while on the move.
The plush, quilted leather seats can’t hide the low-rent feeling when you climb into the cabin. The plastics feel durable enough, but they’re hard to the touch and feel basic, and for a vehicle with a price tag of over £24,000, that simply isn’t good enough. The commanding driving position affords a decent view, while the comfortable driver’s seat offers plenty of adjustment. It’s disappointing to find that the steering wheel is only adjustable for rake though, with most rivals offering reach adjustment, too. The low-rent feel also extends to the doors –they’re tinny and flimsy, often needing a second shove to get them closed. Space is pretty decent for a car of this size though, with a generous amount of leg and head room.
RIVALS: Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi 173 Acenta, Renault Koleos Dynamique S dCi 150, Vauxhall Antara SE 2.0 CDTi
- Engine: 2179cc, 4-cylinder, turbodiesel with particulate filter
- Gearbox: 6-speed manual
- Max power: 156bhp at 4,000rpm
- Max torque: 285lb ft at 2,000rpm
- Max towing weight: 2,000kg
- Max speed: 124mph
- 0-62mph: 9.9secs
- Combined consumption: 38.6mpg
- CO2 emissions (taxband): 194g/km (J)
- Bootspace: 510/1,686litres
- Insurance group: 15
Decent performance, refined and flexible engine, plush quilted leather seats, lots of space
Low-rent feel to interior, no rake adjustment to steering