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By Glen Waddington
08 December 2009 09:56
Peugeot 4007? Hmm. What’s new that we can tell you about that? It’s still a renosed, rebadged Mitsubishi Outlander, it still has a Citroën C-Crosser sibling, and it’s still pretty decent if rather pricey and lightweight. Only now you can mix Mitsubishi’s dual-clutch six-speed transmission with PSA’s 2.2-litre HDi turbodiesel. A fine pairing? Let’s find out.
Funnily enough, if you buy the Outlander you can only pair this transmission with a ropey petrol 2.4 four-banger. But the Outlander is Lancer-based, and this six-speeder is Evo-related, which makes it quick to shift and so efficient in use you’ll barely notice it.
Problem here is that the manual 4007 HDi, while hardly quick, at least feels decently brisk, able to measure out its 285lb ft of torque against six well-spaced ratios. With the self-shifter, the 4007’s engine comes across as busy and a bit lacking. So it may be rally-bred but it just isn’t going to make you feel like Sebastien Loeb.
Well, it means you can get along quite lazily. Pootle and the engine burbles gently in the background while DCS snaps through the ratios and lands you in top. Gun it and it will kickdown smartly at the expense of silence, and there’s a Sport button that means it will hold on to ratios for longer – yet there’s little performance advantage to be gained from caning it. Paddleshift grants you greater control over engine braking and pulling out of corners on twistier roads, but the manual tranny is hardly a pain to use.
So maybe it’s a bit greener and more economical in use? If only. The official figures grant an advantage of 1.5sec to 62mph, 1mph at the top end, 7g/km and 1.7mpg in favour of the manual, which is also £1175 cheaper to buy. And in actual real-world use, we managed only 31.5mpg whereas Mark Walton achieved 33.2mpg in his very similar manual C-Crosser long-termer.
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RE: Peugeot 4007 DCS (2009) CAR review
The choice of location for the car is apt: a huge suburban bungalow of about 300 sq metres floorspace with an average annual commute of 22,000 km covering such challenging trips as: to the Outlet Centre, to the RegioMall, to Chloe and Rupert´s schools and to SuperMaxiMart for the day´s basket of organic chives, FairTrade ankle soap and biodynamic cinnamon.
09 December 2009 10:25
DSG or not, it's bloody ugly face on!!!!!!
08 December 2009 15:51
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