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Peugeot package a delight.

Byline: By Maxine Ashford

After spending a week behind the wheel of the multi-purpose Fiat Ulysse, there was a real sense of deja vu when taking delivery of the Peugeot 807.

Inside and out the similarities were incredible, right down to the background colours on the instrument dials.

Like the Ulysse, the Peugeot 807 guarantees a versatile package with endless variations of seating arrangements, plus all the high-specification features of a modern car.

However you don't get quite as much for your money as with the Ulysse.

The 807 supplied for test drive was the LX 2.0 HDi which, at pounds 19,795, was about pounds 100 dearer than a top-of-the-range Ulysse, but lacked sunroof, six-CD autochanger, automatic rear doors, child surveillance mirror and a number of other little finishing touches.

Despite the lower spec, the 807 was a great drive. It handled really well, both on the open road and around town. The engine was nice and quiet and the pulling power was good.

But in my opinion the multi-purpose vehicle is not so much about performance as about how suitable it is for family lifestyles, and in this respect the 807 comes up trumps.

Reinforcing Peugeot's excellent reputation, everything is built to a very high - and sturdy - standard.

It is very comfortable - I covered more than 600 miles without it becoming a chore to drive.

But safety is the 807's trump card, with features including full-length side-curtain airbags that protect all three rows, plus four front airbags.

Facts and figures

Make: Peugeot Model: 807 LX 2.0 HDi

Price: pounds 19,795

Mechanical: 110bhp, 1,997cc 4 cylinder petrol engine

Max speed: 108mph

0-62mph: 13.4 seconds

Combined mpg: 39.2

Insurance group: 10

CO2 emissions: 189g/km

BiK rating: 24%

Warranty: three years/ 60,000 miles; 12 years anti-rust
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:May 9, 2003
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