Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The interior fails to impress, especially when compared to newer estate cars. Many of the controls are shared with lesser Peugeots and the quality isn’t great either. While the plastics aren’t exactly flimsy, they’re not as durable or tactile as you’d find in similar priced family cars and it lacks sophistication. The button-heavy centre console is another criticism – it’s simply too confusing plus there isn’t enough stowage.

At least the steering wheel that adjusts for height and reach and forward visibility is good too – although thick rear pillars and a high screen can impair rear visibility.

Excellent ride quality means that all on board should have a comfortable trip, plus it’s fairly spacious, with decent leg room in the back and ample headroom – although other estates are more generous. However the 407 can easily accommodate two adults or three children, plus the flat transmission tunnel means the middle passenger on the back seat is comfortable.

At speed the engines are quiet and wind noise is minimal but there can be noticeable tyre roar which takes the edge of refinement compared to alternatives like the Ford Mondeo.