What is it?
The facelifted Peugeot 407, which has received some useful but essentially minor changes. Despite a rash of more modern competitors, Peugeot believes that the 407 remains modern enough to remain competitive.
Visual updates are limited to a neater-looking chrome grille, new bumpers frojnt and rear, a piano-black fascia and enhanced options. The only significant change is a new, Euro 5 compliant version of the 2.0-litre common-rail HDI diesel engine, which now produces 140bhp instead of the previous 136bhp and is usefully more refined that its predecessor.
What’s it like?
The Euro 5 engine might be a tenth or two quicker outright against the stopwatch, but it has a dip in the torque curve around 2000rpm which means it loses the easy flexibility of its predecessor.
Fuel economy and CO2 figures remain very competitive, and although the new 2.0-litre engine can’t match the frugality of the smaller 1.6-litre HDI, it’s still one of the best in the segment and company car tax liablity is impressively light for user-choosers.
As before, the 407 feels supple and quiet over bumps, with excellent body control over rougher road surfaces. The steering is precise and satisfying, too. You wouldn’t describe it as a particularly sporting drive, but it’s more than sufficiently dynamic to be able to hold its head up in this segment.