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Peugeot 407 SW Sport HDi 165 automatic in the driving report

Stephan Lindloff
Peugeot 407 SW Sport HDi 165 automatic in the driving report
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No, it doesn't look old-fashioned yet, at most it is a bit old. But the time for the P eugeot 407 and its extroverted design is slowly expiring. At the Geneva Motor Show, the French give an outlook on the successor 508, which will be launched in 2011 - without the oversized radiator grille and huge headlights, which first appeared in the 407 at Peugeot in 2004.

With its boldly curved D-pillar, the SW combination version goes one better. In terms of buyers' favor, it ranks clearly ahead of the sedan, which is no exception in the mid-range. Also typical for this segment: the high diesel share and the increasing demand for automatic transmissions.

In the price list, the Peugeot noted 407 with 30,950 euros

The 163 hp diesel launched at the end of last year is particularly interesting for this clientele. It already complies with the Euro 5 exhaust emission limits prescribed from 2011 and is only offered with a six-stage automatic converter. In the price list it is quoted at 30,950 euros - quite a bargain, after all, the 170 hp 2.2-liter twin-turbo diesel that is still available costs only 50 euros less - with manual transmission and Euro 4 rating. The Peugeot 407 at 2,000 tours; a good prerequisite for a harmonious interaction with the automatic converter. In practice, the combination with a brisk start from a standing position and smooth gear changes is pleasing.

The transmission reacts to acceleration requests without delay

Nervous shifting back and forth is alien to the transmission, it reacts to sudden acceleration requests via kickdown without disturbing Delay. The diesel responds to this with beefy thrust, but growls barely audible at higher speeds. If the desired speed is reached, the transmission could upshift faster - subjectively, it holds the gears a tad too long. On the generally good overall impression of the drive unitthe consumption of just 7.9 L /100 km also contributes - a good figure for a 1.7-ton station wagon. The Peugeot 407 SW is less efficient in terms of space. The tangled rear design impairs both the clarity and the loading volume (448 to 1,365 liters).

The Peugeot 407 compensates for weaknesses in detail with its equipment

The stubborn luggage compartment cover is just as unpleasant as the foldable backrest, which does not have to set up the seat increases sharply. There are other details that annoy you, especially in winter. There is no control lamp for the seat heating, the rain sensor reacts too nervously, and in the defrost position the airflow reaches the driver's forehead uncomfortably via the flat windscreen. The 407 compensates for such weaknesses in detail with extensive equipment (panoramic roof, automatic air conditioning). Because at the price of the Peugeot there is also a VW Passat Variant TDI with 170 PS - but only in the basic version and without automatic transmission.


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