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I'm basing my review on my ACTUAL current ownersip of a Peugeot 607 2.2HDi Turbo Diesel.
I am a self employed business man and have been since I left college a few years ago. My current car just doesn't look right pulling up outside potential and current business clients (I work in I.T).
I was going to go for one of the big 3 basically, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes C-Class or Audi A6.
How on earth did I end up with a Peugeot I hear you cry! Basically I bought my car around a month ago now for the sum of £4000. It's the 2001 2.2HDi Single Turbo Diesel.
This car, comes with everything:
Dual-Zone Climate Control Electric Seats Cruise Control Computer that shows, outside Temp, Time, Radio Station, MPG and estimates how many miles left with current fuel! Automatic Headlights, Automatic Windscreen Wipers Automatic Dipping Rear-View Mirror Automatic Fold In Wing Mirrors Full Closure of windows on the key fob Reverse Parking Sensors Auto Rising Boot Lid PAS, ABS, ESC, EBD
AND has a rear window blind!
If you choose one with leather, it'll also have heated front AND rear seats!
At first before I had test driven the car, I was expecting this huge beast to be a big old wollowing bus. I am so glad that my expectations were blown into smithereens.
When you open the nicely weighted door you can tell that this car, has had lots of effort put into styling and materials. As you sit down in the captains chair and pull the door closed, you are immediately in your own comfortable world. Cut off from the stresses and strains that are going on in the world outside. This is thanks to fully doubleglazed windows and amazing sound proofing.
Turn on the ignition and you are ready to go, the glow plugs warm up almost instantly so you can start it straight away!
I was expecting to hear the sweet sound of farm yard machinery...but no, the engine in these HDi Diesels is stupendous. Quiet, Refined and doesn't really rumble the car on idle at all! the 2.2 136BHP engine when driven properly, can return 50mpg. If you drive it like you stole it so to speak, expect about 16MPG, this rarely happens as you just want to spend time in it, meaning you drive it smooth and effortlessly :)
Driving this car is an absolute blast. It doesn't feel as big as it really is, the steering is very light but you get enough feel which means it's as suited on the motorway as it is blasting around country lanes (which is what I use it for mostly and what it wasn't really designed for).
Not much body roll, tight cornering ability and the steering lock is also very very good.
Everything is well placed out in the car so you'll never be left trying to remember where everything is.
This car is amazing. Infact if you want an executive car but wan't to be cleverer than the sheep that go and buy the big German badges...then you want to get a 607.
You get more toys, better engines and better value for your money buying one of these, then you ever will buying any of the other exec motors available now.
I just can't compare this to anything I have owned before, Fiat Punto, Peugeot 106, Peugeot 405 and Vauxhall Corsa (in that order) as it is in a class of it's own.
In this car, you just know you should be in the outside lane bombing past everybody, but ofcourse, if you had the common sense to use your brains and buy one of these, then you'd know better, just sit back, switch on the cruise control, and waft up the dual-carriageway/motorway at your own comfortable leisure.
Outside, this car is extremely impressive, they are a very rare sight on UK roads down to being around £30,000 new and depreciating like a lead balloon. When you do see one though, it is nothing short of a sight to behold, the low slung rear roofline that looks coupe like at the back, those strong extra terrestrial rear lights and very wide body make this thing look mean.
I'll let you into a little secret, when you unlock the doors, the wingmirrors fold out, when they are folded in, it looks like a puppy from the front :p, so me and the missus called our 607 buster! :)
I now constantly get comments like how can you afford that, oooh thats a smart car etc etc....and I love it!
Peugeot dealer prices aren't too bad down here in the southwest, so if the worst should happen you shouldn't be left burnt and penniless if you needed to book it in for anything.
The trouble with the car is the depreciation thing. My car was £28,000 when new, six years later (seven this october) its only worth around £4,000. No one buys them because they depreciate, and they depreciate because no one buys them, it's a nasty cycle.
The upshot of this is...They are one fantastic second hand buy.
To sum this up, I adore this car. I will work with the ambition of getting a brand new one of these and NOT the likes of a BMW, Merc, Audi etc
If you use your head, you know it makes sense. If you're trying to decide, consider your mind just made up!
You can't beat luxury cars from non-premium brands for sheer value for money. If this had a BMW badge on it, you'd have paid three times as much for it.
The 607 is an excellent car, and this is an excellent review. Enjoy the car.
lazza123 28.03.2008 12:26
Great review. We have a good Peugeot dealing here in Somerset, I might go and have a look!! Larry
manlybeach 28.03.2008 09:45
I like the sound of heated seats ! Very good review
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in menu item "product details"!Brand new, ready-to-fit, first class quality product including a 2 year warranty!Price including VAT!PLEASE NOTE: WITHIN THE EU BRAKE PADS MUST HAVE A VALID ECE/90R CERTIFICATION. WE ONLY SELL APPROVED AND APPROPRIATELY CERTIFICATED BRAKE PADS.