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Sliding doors are kids' stuff; MOTORS.

Byline: By PETER KEENAN

PEUGEOT 807 EXECUTIVE 2.2 HDi

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 checked but no music was emitting from the Peugeot and 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 only usually experienced at FA Cup Finals.

Thankfully the doors are designed not to crush anyone in their way and I managed to clear the car without inflicting any injuries beyond the odd cuff round the ear.

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 kids, I was engrossed in the investigation of what each operated.

There's also an immense number of cubby holes and storage spaces.

The seats offer a large number of possible layouts as they swivel, slide, fold and tumble like an Olympic gymnast.

Take them all out and there is a vast amount of load space - although, even with the seats in, the boot is a decent size.

I took the kids to see their grandparents and the usual three hour journey passed in a flash for both driver and passengers thanks to the space and comfort offered by the 807's relaxed interior.

On the downside 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.

Power up for fuel economy 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 and with an 80-litre fuel tank there is plenty of range.

The ride is comfortable as the suspension mops up the bumps while wind and road roar are kept to a minimum.

Safety is taken seriously 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.

FAST FACTS MODEL: Peugeot 807 Executive 2.2 HDi

PRICE: pounds 24,205

MECHANICAL: 130bhp, 2,179cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6spd manual gearbox

MAX SPEED: 112mph

0-62MPH: 12.6 secs

COMBINED MPG: 38.7

INSURANCE GROUP: 12

CO2 EMISSIONS: 195g/km

BIK RATING: 29 per cent

WARRANTY: 3yrs/60,000miles; 12yrs paint; 12yrs anti-rust
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Sep 9, 2005
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