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Peugeot's giant 807 relies on people power.

PEOPLE carriers are enjoying a renaissance with a host of updated offerings on the family-friendly MPV scene.

Gone are the box-shaped monstrosities that used to clog up roads in the late 80s and early 90s.

Newcomers include the latest Renault Espace, the Citroen C8 and the bargain of the bunch, the Fiat Ulysse.

MPVs are expensive and they are in danger of being eclipsed by smaller, five-seater fare such as the Toyota Corolla Verso, and soon- to-arrive Vauxhall Meriva.

But if you want a flexible car to suit any lifestyle, MPVs are hard to beat. Peugeot's new 807 this week joins the family-friendly seven-seaters, and comes in LX, GLX, Executive, and Executive SE trim levels.

Prices start from pounds 18,295 for the 2.0 petrol LX, through to pounds 24,755 for the 2.2 HDi Executive SE.

The 807 has electric sliding doors which can be opened, closed or locked at the touch of a button, curtain airbags and a `child check' surveillance mirror.

Power comes from either 2.0-litre or 2.2-litre versions of Peugeot's acclaimed petrol and common-rail turbo-diesel engines. All the units return excellent performance, flexibility and economy over a wide rev range.

The larger diesel, for example, the 2.2-litre, delivers 130bhp and has a top speed of 113mph. The combined fuel economy figure is 38.2mpg.

The 807 is available with a manual gearbox only for now but an automatic version is out later this year.

On certain models, on the back of each front seat is an aircraft-style fold-down table, and the two front seats swivel through 180 degrees so that the vehicle can serve equally well as a picnic area or mobile office.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Mar 30, 2003
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