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Peugeot 407 SW 2.2 Sport

Broadcast dates : 6th February 2005
10th February 2005

If youíre the kind of person who goes for Armani, Gucci, or Jennie Button, then perhaps the 407 SW is for you, especially if you have dogs or a large family.

We are told that "SW" doesnít stand for "station wagon", possibly too mundane a term for something this beautiful. "Style Wagon" perhaps?

The Peugeot 407 SW comes in a few power configurations, depending on how much you value pace to go with its undeniable grace. In 2,2-litre four-cylinder form, the Peugeot is just a little disappointing in terms of engine charisma and gearbox precision. Especially once youíve been seduced by that Ferrari-Maranello-like nose.

But it has excellent road manners. Top speed is two-hundred-and-eight kilometres per hour, and handling is well up to the performance.

The 2,2-litre engine develops a claimed 116 kiloWatts at 5500 rpm, an indication that this is a solid, middle-of-the-road motor rather than anything on the exuberant side. An unusual feature is the under-slung intake manifold.

But the Peugeot is not just about engines Ė itís about looks too. The exterior has all the upmarket bits to justify its cost of R 261 900. The ski-rails on the roof are high-style, as is the useful rear hatch window opening.

The load-bay opening with the tailgate raised is a little narrow but thereís over twelve-hundred litres of luggage space with the seats folded.

Inside itís a mix of practicality and style, and plenty of leather trim.

To sum up, a great looking carÖ Ferrari looks for the family man. Donít expect Ferrari performance, though.

Peugeot 407 SW 2.2 Sport
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 2 230 cc
  • Power: 116 kW @ 5 650 rpm
  • Torque: 217 Nm @ 3 900 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 10,99 seconds
  • Top speed: 208 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 11,07 litres/100 km
  • Price: R261 900

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