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2001 Peugeot 607

As the flagship of the Peugeot range, the 607 sedan features a remarkable array of technology that the company says is "designed to ensure that driving is as safe, comfortable and effortless as it can be."

Features

On the issue of dynamic safety, the 607 has electronic stability control which combines with the anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution and traction control to steady the vehicle by varying braking and/or engine power.

The suspension also features electronically variable damping, with nine different settings, or the suspension can be locked in Sports mode.

Under the bonnet is a high-tech quad cam, all-alloy 3.0 litre V6 engine with variable intake timing. This engine produces 152 kW, which happens to be the same figure as produced by Holden’s 3.8 litre V6 engine.

The four-speed automatic (there�s no manual version) is electronically controlled and features adaptive operation, Sports and Snow modes, plus a sequential-style shift for drivers who like to change manually.

The Peugeot 607 has all the usual luxury items such as climate control air conditioning, power operation of just about everything possible (including the front seats), plush leather trim and a premium sound system with six-pack CD changer, plus a myriad of other features designed to make driving safer and more convenient.

For example, the 607 turns its headlamps on in low light conditions, the wipers switch on automatically when it rains and there’s a warning to the driver in the event of a loss in tyre pressure. The glove box is air-conditioned, the exterior mirrors tilt down when reversing, the interior mirror dips when sensing glare and the hazard lights activate under emergency braking.

While that might represent a big ask to people that buy something rather more mundane such as a Toyota Camry with the same size and type of engine, the 607 is competitive with other luxury sedans of similar size and engine capacity.

The 607 is a well-proportioned, good-looking sedan with a distinctive Peugeot flair in its lines. Good protection against parking scrapes is provided by bump strips along the body sides and on the ends of the bumpers.

The interior is nicely trimmed in plush leather and the ambience is suitably luxurious. Finish on the test car looked to be of a high order, with no apparent blemishes.

Occupants are comfortably seated, though the front seats could do with more lateral support to prevent slipping about when cornering. Leg space is generally good, as is headroom in the front. But the steeply sloping roof compromises rear headroom.

The boot compartment isn’t all that deep, but it is quite long. For those extra long items, there’s a porthole, or the option of folding one third or two thirds of the seat packrest.




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