Peugeot's Pied Piper.
As far as I'm concerned the Peugeot 807 is the Pied Piper of the motoring world. I pulled up outside my home in the seven-seat people carrier and made the mistake of pressing the button on the key fob to open the powered sliding rear passenger doors.
Immediately surrounded by every child in the neighbourhood, I initially thought someone had mistakenly pointed me out as the ice cream man.
I soon realised that the goal of the little cherubs was to be allowed the honour of pressing the button to close the doors. The situation deteriorated further when some bright young thing spotted the DVD player and video screen mounted in the ceiling.
A pounds 2,399 option offered with the car, I cursed Peugeot's generosity as I was now faced with a crowd control situation.
Thankfully the doors are designed not to crush anyone in their way and I managed to clear the car without inflicting any injuries. But the feverish mob were finally sparked into riot mode when the wing mirrors automatically folded in as part of the locking process.
The dashboard holds a similar attraction to anyone with a child-like mentality as it resembles the flight deck of a jumbo jet. Endless possibilities for button pressing present themselves and never mind the children, I was engrossed in the investigation of what each operated.
There's also an immense number of cubby holes and storage space too. The seats offer a large number of possible layouts as they swivel, slide, fold and tumble like an Olympic gymnast.
The 2.2-litre diesel engine makes good of powering the 807's bulk. The people carrier travels from 0-62mph in a respectable 12.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 112mph. Fuel economy is also decent at a touch over 38mpg with an 80-litre fuel tank.
The ride is comfortable as the suspension mops up the humps and bumps while wind and road roar are kept to a minimum. On the down side the drive, while smooth, doesn't set the pulse racing.
The specification on the Executive trim includes cruise control, climate control, radio/CD player, electric folding door mirrors, ultrasonic alarm, powered and heated front seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, a handy "child check" rear view mirror, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers with rain sensors.
Safety is taken seriously as the 807 is fitted with anti-lock brakes and emergency brake assist. There's also traction control while driver and front passenger are protected by airbags and front side airbags. There are also curtain airbags for all three rows of seats.
In the 807, Peugeot has a full-sized MPV to be proud of.
Facts and figures
Model: 807 Executive 2.2 HDi
Price: pounds 24,205
Mechanical: 130bhp, 2,179cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6 speed manual gearbox
Max speed: 112mph
0-62mph: 12.6 seconds
Combined mpg: 38.7
Insurance group: 12
CO2 emissions: 195g/km
BiK rating: 29%
Warranty: 3 years/ 60,000 miles; 12 years paint; 12 years anti-rust
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Sep 16, 2005|
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