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Lets say straight away that I am an owner and have been so for 11 reasonably happy months. It is my 4th onsequtive Peugeot and by far the best. All 3 previously were 406's.
I am not going to bore you senseless with data that people get by cutting and pasting from the Peugeot site! You can go there and get it yourself.
My model is the glx hdi. Velour seats.
I have never had sat nav or cruise control before.Cruise control operates from 30mph upwards and I consider it essential to help keep points of the licence because contrary to belief point do not make prizes!
The Sat nav is the basic version and it is SUPERB! What the better colour one does must be something else as this is enough for me.
It has a memory for regular destinations and is easy to use. Turn a dial, push enter , to key in address one letter at a time. It pre-empts you all the time which is good to kep typing to a minimum. I COULD NOT MANAGE WITH OUT SAT NAV ! I am a rep and drive 30,000 miles a year. I reckon my sat nav helps me do one call a day more than my colleagues without it! This soon adds up and that is 200 extra calls a year! It pays for itself. You also arrive on calls less stressed beause you know you are going to get there. In 11 months doing 5-6 calls a day I have only had to refer to a map 5 times! I seriously would not have any car now without sat nav! If tomorrow I had to change car I would rather downgrade with sat nav than upgrade without. IT IS AS ESSENTIAL A SALES TOO AS YOUR PRESENTER AND SAMPLES OR THE CAR ITSELF!
The nice thing about the 607 is the heads it turns. New customers comment on it. It oozes success and creates an aura for you that they are dealing with a person who knows their stuff.
All 3 previous 406's never broke down. The 607 has once when the bearings in the fuel pump went in the outside lane of motorway. Fixed in 4 days under warranty. No other problems or recalls. Maybe I just had a lucky run with the 406's.
GADGETS AND TOYS.
Button inside boot to close lid automatically. Excellent on those wet and mucky winter days to keep your hands and cuffs clean.Everone comments on it as they havent seen it before...even the peugeot mechanics!
6 play cd in boot.
Electric windows all round.
Computer display for mpg etc.
Boot size is the biggest I have ever seen!
Leg room front and back is massive.
Nice seats. Not too hard hard like vw, bmw etc, not too soft like renault etc.
I average 37mpg for a combination of round town and motorway. The 406 did 46mpg so it is a guzzler in comparison but I am not paying for it so I dont mind! Still for its size and weight 37 isnt too bad I dont think.
Vast size sticks out at front and back in parking bays at supermarket, mcdonalds etc.
BASIC MODEL DOES NOT HAVE PARKING SENSORS AND THIS SHOULD BE STANDARD BECAUSE OF SHEER SIZE.
Washer bottle is tiny and windscreen is huge. My 406 was rarely filled between services. The 607 has to be filled weekly.
No car is perfect. The pluses far outweigh the minuses. If you like a big car this is top value, very comfortable. A real head turner and you feel very special in it...very statesman like!
I would buy another and recommend it to all.
I had a good day yesterday. I bought a new lawn mower and I had Chilli for my tea. I Like Chilli. I also had an enjoyable 3 hours test driving a Peugeot 607. I arranged the test drive as I am due to change my company car soon and the new 2-litre petrol and 2-litre Hdi diesel models both come within our new car price allowance ie below £20,000.. The new models seem to be Peugeot’s way of boosting sales for the 607. Like the 506 it replaces (admittedly after a gap of a couple of years) it is not selling with what one would consider hot cake frequency. The car is still something of a rare sight on UK roads. It is not unusual for a car company to slightly re-position a car in the market place and this does appear to be Peugeot trying to sell 607’s more to premium Mondeo and Vectra owners rather than the higher car classes. The danger is you can compromise the sales to the higher market segments as a BMW 5-series or similar driver is not going to shell out £30k for the 3.0 litre V6 when ostensibly the same car is going below £20k. The car is quite attractive and has styling cues from the entire Peugeot range but a rather unique rear-end treatment. The roofline is low in comparison with the height of the doors and it gives it a rakish sporty look as well as an upmarket design. The interior is spacious as a result having good leg room for all occupants as well as plenty of shoulder room. I was driving a 2.2Hdi today and this had leather interior which was very comfortable, not too firm like a Mercedes and not too soft like in some Jags. The dashboard is good neat and clear but again some cars in this class are better such as the Honda Accord. The dash is made of a nice soft touch plastic and slopes away from the front seat occupants and this adds to the feeling of roominess. I had a few problems with the keys as I hit the boot release a couple of times whilst turning the engine on. This was due to this button being on the key also
and each time I pressed it in error I had to get out and close the boot again. Perhaps in time I would have stopped doing this. On locking the car the wing mirrors fold away and open out again when you unlock. I would have to put this on the list of things car manufacturers have developed for us that we never really needed. Perhaps more thought should have gone on visibility when reversing. The low sweep of the roof and the high rear seat and head rests mean its like trying to reverse looking through a pillar box opening. Luckily I didn’t try any particularly demanding manouevres. The boot is long and reasonably wide but unfortunately as shallow as a teenager in an Ayia Napa disco. There are a couple of useful cubby holes in it (the boot, not the teenager) as well as the 6-disc CD changer. Of course all this is well and good but it is what all this moves along like which counts and here we hit a snag. The car was reasonably brisk being neither startlingly quick nor sluggish but I have to think the 2 litre Hdi must really struggle with all this weight having 15% less bhp. On the open road of dual carriageways the ride is fine but on country roads the feeling from the front wheels is not good. Every little pothole, cats-eye and rut is amplified through the steering due to too hard a suspension setting. As this was not compensated by any improvement in handling this was not good. The steering is too heavy and perhaps needs a tad more power assistance to make it more of drivers car. In a tough market –whichever Peugeot decide it is in – this was not up to standard. Steering in a £20k car should be taut and responsive not woolly and hard work. All things considered there is a lot to commend the 607. It seems well made, its attractive and well proportioned and on the face of it it’s a lot of car for £20k. However it is perhaps for the undemanding among us and not for those who want pleasure in driving.
With the 607 range now being extended to include a 2.0 petrol and the 2.0 HDi (110bhp)diesel engine the price of the 607 range has fallen so to open it up much more. Now it is now a real contender for the Vauxhall Omega market. The drive of the 607 is very smooth - this is more true of the v6 SE model which features a automatic suspension set-up, which constantly firm/softenes the ride depending on your driving style. But the other models are also nearly as smooth - but when you are on a standard 'A' road I think the V6 SE is just too 'wollowly', and I end up having to override the auto setting and set it to 'sport' mode to make the handeling more direct, as otherwise there is just too much body role for me. The performance from the V6 and the 2.2 HDi are super, very smooth but rapid at the same time. Then marry that to the new Peugeot Tiptronic automatic gearbox make a lovely drive. The 2.2 petrol engine does lack the power that the other two engines give, but neverless it is still far from underpowered. I have yet to drive the 2.0 versions, so I cannot tell if they are just going to be too small for such a heavy car. The equipment levels in the car is very high indeed, infact in SE guise the car literally has everything you could ever need and more! For instance the colour satallite Navigation system in the V6 SE and optional on the others also features ports in the glove box for you to plug in your Camcorder!! Also the car comes as standard with an inbuild GSM mobile phone, and you can plug you SIM card into it as well, which is an excellent idea. That matched witht he JBL sound system make for a very powerful sound system in the car capable of blasting out an Opera or a Telephone conference with amazing clarity. But the question is would I buy one? Well if I was in the market for a car that big it would cirtainly get my fullest attention, and I would have it over a Vauxhall, Ford, Citroen, VW a
ny day. But does it match up to a BMW or Merc? Equipment - yes it beats them. Driving - ok its not like an Audi Quattro. But it is different from the rest of the pack - it stands out and says I dare to be different!! J