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Peugeot 807 (2002-2010)

The independent definitive Peugeot 807 (2002-2010) video review

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    SEVEN UP (some text hidden)

    BY ANDY ENRIGHT

    Introductionword count: 136

    The market for large MPVs has gone through a number of seismic shifts since the Renault Espace established the genre in the UK back in the late eighties. Ford, Volkswagen And SEAT weighed in with their Galaxy/Sharan and Alhambra trio and ruled the roost until they were suddenly made to look a little old hat by another heavyweight trio of contenders, the Peugeot 807, the Citroen C8 and the Fiat Ulysse. Of these three, the 807 is the most upmarket choice and therefore comes into the sights of the best of the prestige people carriers. A used example offers you many more options than you'd believe if all you were accustomed to was an early MPV. Take a look at an 807 and you may well be swayed from the usual executive saloon or estate fare.

    Modelsword count: 17

    Models Covered: 2.0, 2.2 petrol, 2.0, 2.2 HDi turbo diesel, [S, LX, SE, GLX, Executive, Executive SE])

    Historyword count: 437

    Product development is an odd business. Some manufacturers go about it in a very stealthy manner, continually and quietly changing parts of a model until the car you look at in the showrooms today shares barely a common part with the ostensibly similar model of a few years back. Others carmakers prefer to sweep the decks, banishing a festering old model to history with a shiny successor. Peugeot certainly adopted the latter tack with the 807. Its predecessor the Peugeot 806 was a likeable enough large MPV People Carrier, if a little old fashioned. Drive an 806 and you were reminded that the cutting edge had disappeared so far over the horizon that you had to frequently check the rear view mirror lest it came around and shunted you in the rear. Largely abandoned in an inconspicuous corner of Peugeot's product range, the 806 was left way behind by more modern rivals like the Ford Galaxy and the Toyota Previa. If revenge is a dish best served cold, then Peugeot's rivals probably got the mother of all ice cream headaches when the 807 was launched. The 807 is a model which managed to turn the establishment on its head, making what we thought were the class best look a little old hat. The adventurous styling is a major plus in a sea of family hutches, the front carrying its maker's family look a little more successfully than that worn by its Citroen C8 and Fiat Ulysse siblings. The flanks are a little more generic, but the neatly styled rear is as good as anything Renault could come up with. Moreover, the interior is something to behold, with a dashboard that is quite unlike anything yet seen. The range received a mild tweak in 2003 with automatic gearboxes being added to the 2.0-litre HDi diesel models. In mid 2005, the range was slimed down with the 2.2-litre petrol engine getting the chop along with the Executive SE trim level. Then, towards the end of the same year, the 807 received a new multiplex wiring system which enabled Peugeot to include a superior electronic stability programme, an upgraded stereo and cruise control with a speed limiter. The process of removing the rear seats was simplified with a revised latch mechanism and the 2.0-litre petrol engine was upgraded from 138 to 143bhp. In the early part of 2006, the 2.0-litre HDi diesel engine was upgraded from 110bhp to 120bhp. Another tweak to the engine line-up in early 2008 saw the arrival of a 2.2-litre HDi diesel with 170bhp. At this point all models also got body-coloured bumpers and side mouldings.

    What You Getword count: 343

    Four trim levels are available, starting with LX, rising through GLX, Executive and Executive SE. Even the entry-level model gets a CD stereo, digital air conditioning, a dash-mounted multifunction display screen and remote central locking, but the real party piece comes when you step up to the GLX model. This features electrically operated sliding side doors which can be triggered via the key fob. If only they were a little quicker or the key fob had more range, the effect would be better but it's still pretty slick stuff. They also remove the embarrassment of children opening rear doors into parked cars in public car parks. Practicality is also a major plus. All three rows of seats are mounted on runners, which means that adjusting for optimal legroom is simplicity itself. There are the usual zillion and one different combinations as to how you can arrange the seats and the front seats even capable of swivelling to create what Peugeot call "a sitting room environment." Somewhat comically, they then append this with "when parked." The 807 excels at shoulder room but others offer more total legroom. As with any MPV, the rear seats are removable, but they are very heavy and even a minor error in aligning the feet with the runners to re-engage them will cause the seats to jam, requiring a hefty shoulder to free them again. The range-topping Executive SE comes with six individual 'captain's chairs' rather than the usual two-three-two seating set up. As avant garde as it is, the 807 doesn't offer up a solution to the eternal MPV gripe that with all the seats in place there isn't space for luggage. Perhaps Peugeot should offer subsidised roof boxes with every purchase. Four-zone air conditioning helps combat the effect of no less than three sunroofs. Multiplex wiring allows for such electronic niceties as light sensitive headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers and speed indexing of the stereo volume, as well as rear parking sensors, guide-me-home headlights and remote control operation of the sunroofs, windows, door mirrors and the sliding doors.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Insurance group:

    11

    14

    CO2 (g/km):

    175

    199

    Max Speed (mph):

    111

    120

    0-62 mph (s):

    11.4

    13

    Urban mpg:

    30.7

    32.5

    Extra urban mpg:

    49.6

    52.3

    Length (mm):

    4727

    Width (mm):

    1850

    Height (mm):

    1759

    1863

    ... and 4 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: MPV People Carriers

    Performance
    40%
    Handling
    50%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    50%
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