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BIG is beautiful.

Byline: Bill Caven

THE launches this year of the 107 and the 1007 mean that the spotlight has mostly been on the smaller members of the Peugeot family in recent times.

But now Peugeot are proving that they've not been neglecting their Big Boys - the 607 executive express and the 807 seven-seater.

The revised 607 range, which just went on sale, may now only offer a choice of two models, but that doesn't diminish its "six" appeal.

First up there's the new two-litre HDi diesel version, which has already been named the greenest executive car by a leading car magazine.

Its 136bhp engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, and its most impressive stat is no doubt that it can travel more than 46 miles on a single gallon.

But if you really want to impress your neighbours, then the three-litre V6 with its 211bhp output and six-speed automatic gearbox will surely do the trick.

While some might baulk at paying pounds 28,995 - or pounds 24,995 if you go for the oil burner - for a Peugeot, they should take into account that this shapely saloon comes with the most extensive standard spec list imaginable.

There is only one trim level - Executive - but it leaves buyers wanting for nothing.

Xenon headlamps, leather upholstery, heated seats front and rear, a top-of-the-range CD autochanger, colour satellite navigation and laminated side glass. You want it? You've got it!

You'll also find front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, headlamps and windscreen wipers that work automatically, tyre pressure sensors, bi-zone climate control and a hands-free in-built telephone system.

And if that wasn't enough, the saloon also boasts electronic stability control and cornering stability control as well as eight airbags to ensure that you don't come to any grief.

As a final proof that no buyer will need to look at an options list, even metallic paint comes as standard.

It is not just the luxury saloon that has been given a careful makeover, though, as Peugeot have also reworked their people carrier.

For starters, this firm family favourite has gained a new electronic stability programme, which means improved driving dynamics.

Inside the cabin, Peugeot have added a better sound system and introduced orange instrument lighting for a clearer information display.

Meanwhile, the rear seats have been reworked to make it easier to remove them.

Cruise control, complete with a speed limiter, has also been added to the SE models.

There's a new two-litre petrol engine, which is more powerful yet cleaner than the old unit, and two diesel options: a two or a 2.2-litre HDi.

Prices for the French-built MPV, which boasts sliding rear doors and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, range from pounds 19,295 to pounds 24,905

Factfile: Model: Peugeot 607 Engine: Two-litre

diesel/Three-litre V6 petrol Top speed: 128/145mph

Power: 136/211bhp 0-62mph: 10.8/9.2 seconds Fuel economy: 46.3/27.7mpg combined Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles Price: pounds 24,995/pounds 28,995 On sale: Now

Factfile: Model: Peugeot 807

Engine: Two-litre petrol; two and 2.2-litre diesel Power: 109 to 143bhp 0-62mph: 15.1 to 11.6 seconds Fuel economy: 29.4 to 40.4mpg Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles Price: pounds 19,295 to pounds 24,905 On sale: Now
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Dec 9, 2005
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