It’s very easy to like the new Peugeot 607 2.7 HDi and almost as difficult to recommend it. It’s a quandary that can be tricky to resolve: you get a kick out of a car’s better qualities, ignore some of the more irksome aspects and forget the opposition for a while. In that context, this diesel 607 is an appealing machine.
But blotting out such names as Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes isn’t easy, especially when you’re spending around £30,000.
Officially, this car, fitted with the 2.7-litre V6 diesel engine it shares with the Jaguar S-type, won’t go on sale in the UK. The 607 2.7 HDi would make a lot of sense, though: it’s a fabulous power unit and instantly makes the HDi the best 607 of all.
I’d been driving a BMW 535d (272bhp and 413lb ft, 0-60mph in 6.0sec) just before hopping into this car for the first time, and it says a lot that I didn’t think the Peugeot lacked grunt. The 324lb ft of torque is available pretty much from tickover and hurls this car down the road at a satisfying rate – it’ll reach 62mph in 9.3sec, top out at 143mph and return 41.5mpg. It sounds much more delicious than any BMW diesel, too, with a slight howl to the exhaust note that is absent in Munich’s creations.