As the 407 Coupé range extends downwards to encompass an entry level 2.0-litre version, is it a case of all show and no go?
With a long history of producing svelte 4 series coupés, much rests on Peugeot’s 407 coupé to carry on the tradition of being an affordable, good looking coupé, with a touch of French flair. Even more so as its predecessor, the 406 coupé, was stunningly styled by Pininfarina of Italy. For this generation model, Peugeot has taken the design work in house, using the 407 saloon and SW front end as a basis, before grafting on a 2-door body, aft of the nose. And while the styling may not suit everyone, it is certainly distinctive and stands out from the crowd. The 407 coupé was first unveiled back in 2005, available with a choice of petrol engines and a 205bhp, 2.7 V6 turbodiesel unit.
With economy and CO2 emissions now firmly on every car makers agenda, Peugeot has released a lower powered 4-cylinder 2.0-litre version, powered by the familiar 136bhp Ford/PSA Peugeot-Citroën joint venture unit. It’s a cracking powerplant, offering smooth and punchy performance, while returning decent fuel economy and competitive emissions. In this application, though, with the heavy body, performance is blunted compared to other models the engine is fitted to in the Peugeot range, but is still offers one of the most comfortable and relaxing drives. On the road, the handling is sharp and turns in nicely offering a decent level of feedback through the steering. The damping is good, especially considering the sporting nature, with only the worst roads unsettling the ride. Our test car came equipped with optional leather sports seats, and these are comfortable with infinite adjustments offered by the electric operation, hugging your figure and keeping you firmly in place.
While the test car came fitted with a number of optional extras, the standard car is well equipped and at £20,495 for the Sport HDi 136 is good value. It will be interesting to see how Renault prices its new Laguna coupé when it goes on sale later this year. Standard equipment for the 407 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control, parking sensors, and dual zone climate control. On the safety front, there’s a full compliment of airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver, electronic stability programme and laminated side windows.
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- Engine: 1997cc, 4-cylinder, turbodiesel
- Gearbox: 6-speed manual
- Max Power: 136bhp at 4,000rpm
- Max Torque: 240lb ft at 2,000rpm
- Max Towing Weight: 1,480kg
- Combined Consumption: 48.0mpg
- CO2 Emissions (taxband): 156g/km (D)
- 0-62mph: 10.1secs
- Max speed: 129mph
- Insurance group: 14
Relaxing to drive, smooth engine, sharp handling, figure hugging seats, good value
Too many buttons on dash, and not as beautiful to look at as its predecessor