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Peugeot 807 Executive HDi 170 road test report

Executive HDi 170

Born out of a joint venture between Fiat and Peugeot/Citroen this people carrier has had several manufacturer badges placed on its grille over the past few years. Currently available in both the Peugeot and Citroen line ups, the 807 and sister-people carrier C8 are large 7 seat vehicles designed to maximise internal space and comfort for large families. Equally the car makes for an enterprising choice as a multi-seat taxi-van. Can the classic people carrier still cut it in today’s world of crossovers and large SUVs?

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Performance Performance - 4 stars

The Peugeot comes with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines to suit most budgets, thankfully nothing under a 2.0 litre is available which would undoubtedly struggle with the size of car. For lovers of petrol motors then the car is available with a 16v 2.0 litre unit under the supersized bonnet, while diesel devotees are presented with a choice of a base level 2.0 litre oil burner available with ‘S’ trim. For those wanting a little more oomph then Peugeot have also made a 136 bhp 2.0 litre HDi unit knocking half a second off the 0-62mph time. Top of the range comes in the form of a 2.2 HDi 170 FAP engine, delivering (surprise, surprise) 170 bhp and capable of a top speed of 122mph – one wonders who in their right mind would want to take a seven-seat people carrier into such swift territory however! Increasingly important CO2 emissions across the range are fairly poor with not one model approaching best-in-class figures, the 2.2 HDi model has emissions of 191g/km which places it in Band J for Vehicle Excise Duty. The vehicle on test was the 2.2 litre diesel unit and while not delivering hot-hatch like qualities the car was surprisingly nippy; acceleration away from junctions and speeding up to join motorways was entirely carefree with plenty of power and torque to call upon. All manual diesel units in the range call on the same six-speed gearbox which is a pretty essential item on a car like this as torque is king, so utilising the gears is of paramount importance to get the car moving with the rest of the traffic. The gearbox presents no problems, and although its placement on the lower section of the dash isn’t ideal it doesn’t cause too many issues. In any car of this stature there will always be concerns of the dreaded wind buffeting the car at motorway speeds and again this does raise its head on the 807 but not in a serious way, the car remains stable with no noticeable sign of steering wheel wobble! Perhaps the biggest predicament with the 2.2 litre diesel is that it isn’t too much of a step up over the 2.0 litre 136 bhp engine, so perhaps for the budget conscious that would be the pick of the engines available.

Ride & Handling Ride & Handling - 4 stars

The biggest compliment that you can give the car is that the handling belies its size. Easy to steer, responsive, and true can all be said about it – which makes for stress free driving in both the urban environment and on the open road. Requiring the ability to cope with a fully laden cabin the suspension is a pretty meaty and stiff affair, which can make for the odd jar when traversing the plethora of traffic calming road items littering UK streets, however once out of the confines of the city the firmness allows for good, bounce-free ride. Not the greatest drive of your life but far from being the worst.

Build Quality & Reliability Build Quality & Reliability - 4 stars

Nothing too much has changed aesthetically since 2003 when the 807 replaced the 806, so it is one of the more dated new cars available in showrooms today, however it is not an ugly car, and while the front of the car no longer shares any styling cues to the rest of the Peugeot range it rather echoes past glories, cars such as the Peugeot 306 and 206 – and they weren’t bad looking motors were they?! Inside the cabin the carmaker has updated the quality of materials over the years and the Executive 2.2 HDi comes with a substantial number of bells and whistles. Leather seats can be found on all three rows, cruise control, automated headlights and rain sensor, electric sliding doors, and 180 degree swivelling front seats are just some of the features present on this trim level. Internally and externally the car is built to last, after all it going to have to meet the demands of a family, and Peugeot has ensured that the people carrier should be robust enough to cope. One gripe would be the placement of the speedometer and rev counter which are located centrally in the large two tier dash which means that the driver needs to slightly turn their head to read the dials, you also have an impromptu game of find the hand brake the first time you sit in the driver’s seat.

Safety & Security Safety & Security - 5 stars

The last thing when choosing a large people carrier for your treasured family would be to pick a car with a somewhat dodgy safety record and rest assured for the driver and passengers of the Peugeot 807 that this is one safe car, in fact it is still one of the safest cars on the road – claiming five stars when it was tested by Euro NCAP for Occupant safety. Things are a bit different for pedestrians however where Euro NCAP gave the car a measly 1 star. Driver and front passenger get SMART airbags (these airbags inflate to the correct level depending on the impact), the front also gets side airbags, while all three rows get curtain airbags. ABS and Electronic brake force distribution (EBFD) with emergency brake assist also comes as standard right across the range. Isofix child seat fixings are also available on all outer rear seats, while the car comes with electric child locks for the rear doors – vital to combat inquisitive young fingers! The top specification on the test car also means that front and rear parking sensors come with the car – great considering the size of the vehicle and a really useful bit of kit when navigating those tight city centre multi-storey carparks.

Space & Practicality Space & Practicality - 5 stars

With its seven-seat practicality as standard the car obviously performs very well in this category – it even is available with an option of 8 seats, as the third row can come with a bench seating arrangement which can snugly seat three. So rest assured all those couples that have had sextuplets, there will be room for all your brood in the Peugeot! Both the third and second rows can also be easily removed, creating almost 3000 litres of usable space. With both rows in place this takes a mighty large chunk out of the available boot space however, its enough for food shopping and general use but forget about luggage for your family – roof box would be the only solution, and in both the SE and Executive trim roof bars come as standard.

Ownership & Value Ownership & Value - 4 stars

Prices start at £21,495 for the entry level petrol 2.0 litre ‘S’ rising to the test driven 2.2 HDi at £28,795. Perhaps the pick of the range is the 2.0 HDi SE model, which is well priced at £24,695 considering the amount of kit as standard and the high quality engine. The fact that the current generation of 807 is pretty old means that any initial teething troubles associated with the have been well and truly eradicated – this model has been on the roads since 2002. Peugeot are obviously happy with the quality of the car as it specifies 20,000 miles between services, while the car comes with a 3year/60,000 mile warranty. Keeping a large people carrier on the road is never the cheapest option and when you total up the road tax, fuel economy, and insurance costs (between bands 10-14), and the Peugeot is no exception to this rule, however it isn’t significantly more costly than its competitors.

Performance Performance - 3 stars

The 807 is a large 7 seat MPV with the capacity to carry and 8th person. Performance is not its main priority although in our test it performed fairly well. The 2.2 HDi 170 BHP engine is a strong unit with plenty of pulling power through the gears and 300 lb ft of torque at 1750 revs per minute. Performance is relatively swift for this kind of vehicle with 0-62 dispatched in 11.7 seconds. The performance does not end there as the 807 feels able to perform well at motorway speeds as well.

Ride & Handling Ride & Handling - 4 stars

As it is such a large vehicle the 807 can at times feel quite unwieldy to handle and an effort to drive. The suspension however is set correctly as it has Peugeot’s legendary touch. The hand brake is actually set on the right hand side of the driver’s seat, which meant there was one more thing I had to think about every time I stopped at traffic lights and then set off again. When you are in traffic, this can become irritating. Going around corners the 807 can feel a little soft and it feels like it wallows around the bend rather than being able to facilitate a sharp, incisive turn.

Build Quality & Reliability Build Quality & Reliability - 3 stars

The build quality of the 807 seems to be fine; although it may have had a couple of subtle revisions, it doesn’t appear to have had a model change for quite a while! It begs the question does the 807 match up to, for example, the new 308 or 4007 in quality and appeal? You would have to say ‘not quite’ on this occasion. The executive model we drove had leather interior, plus a whole host of toys to keep driver and passengers busy! It certainly had a prestigious feel to the interior, with a DVD player, sat nav plus a refined layout to the dials and switches to lend a feeling that the 807 is a cut above your average MPV.

Safety & Security Safety & Security - 5 stars

The Peugeot 807 was the first MPV with a 5 star Euro NCAP rating and certainly feels safe inside. Front and rear parking sensors are standard on the Executive model and we would certainly recommend them for a vehicle of this size. There are curtain airbags for all three rows of seats obviously Peugeot has paid particular attention to this section of the vehicle. Rightly so, as you would assume most potential buyers in this sector would be parents, who have the primary concern of the well being of their children.

Space & Practicality Space & Practicality - 5 stars

Sliding rear doors are standard on the 807 and on the Executive model we test drove, there was a whole host of features to assist the driver and passenger. Automatic headlights and wind screen wipers, cruise control, roof bars, electric front seats to name but a few. The 807 is a very practical vehicle if your priority is to seat as many people as possible in comfort,. While city driving and parking is obviously slightly compromised by the sheer size of the vehicle, visibility is good and there are aids such as parking sensors available to the driver.

Ownership & Value Ownership & Value - 3 stars

Vehicles of this ilk can depreciate quite rapidly and the 807 we drove has a list price of £28,795. A well kitted diesel is likely to experience the minimal of depreciation within the 807 range and the Executive model we drove was certainly that! Contract hire values are reasonable although an insurance group of 14A we feel is too high for this vehicle.

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