With many European car makers deciding to introduce diesel versions of their new luxury models into Australia, it would seem a logical step for Peugeot to do the same - given that they have been at the forefront in the latest thinking in diesel design and innovation for many years. Peugeot introduced the first Diesel Particulate Filter in 2000, which has overcome the diesel particulate [black soot] problem that has plagued the industry forever. The new Peugeot 407 ST HDi Diesel is an exiting new vehicle in many ways; Peugeot has been able to put their latest diesel technology into one of the most striking looking vehicles around. Powered by a two litre turbocharged diesel engine it features the latest common rail diesel injection technology to maximise power and torque. Fitted with Peugeot’s latest Diesel Particulate Filter the 407 ST HDi reduces emissions to better the Euro Four emission standard for diesels which doesn’t come into force until 2006.

Peugeot lay claim to the 407 range boasting one of the highest levels of standard features in its class, and although the diesel Executive version comes in $6500 cheaper than the three litre SV its specification level is still high. The HDi Diesel misses out on the nine setting electronically variable suspension, xenon headlamps, the high end audio system and some interior detail has also changed. Climate control air-conditioning with vents to the rear seats, power external mirrors that are heated, cruise control, remote central locking, electric windows, all with one touch operation, electric and heated seats, park distance control and retractable side and rear sunscreens are just some of standard inclusions on the diesel version tested.

Because the 407 HDi shares the same body as its petrol engined cousins, interior space is the same. The 407 provides plenty of interior room and also features a decent sized boot. The rear seats can be folded down and if the seat bases are removed, [a simple operation], give an almost flat cargo area that measures 1600 mm. A ski hatch is also provided and a cargo net is there to secure luggage. When loading luggage into the 407 you need to be careful to avoid scratching the top edge of the rear bumper, as the bar is slightly higher than the load lip. Door pockets are reasonably sized; there are two map pockets on the rear of the front seats. There is a small binnacle for items in the centre of the dash. It’s very shallow and items like sunglasses fall out under acceleration. Sun blinds are fitted on the rear doors as well as the rear screen.



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