Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016
- One of the safest cars according to the EuroNCAP rating
- A versatile cabin with comfortable seats
- Decent fuel economy
When the time came to replace the 106 Peugeot had two options, either create a similar mini or go in an unchartered territory and build something entirely different. They decided on the latter and ended up spending more then half a billion Euros on a micro-van that we now know as the 1007. It was built on the platform of the 207 and although initially it was positively received, the sales were disappointing. They planned to sell at least 130,000 units per year but in their best year managed only 53,000. The 1007 was a massive flop, but that's good news for the used car market. The car was discontinued in 2009 and the prices have fallen since. This is a great choice for people who want a small car but are bored with the usual hatchback look. There's definitely nothing boring about the 1007
Exterior and Interior
The car looks innovative. Its short and high body attracts a lot of attention. Designed by the famous Pininfarina design studio, it's a little work of art, especially with the brightly coloured bodies and its 12 funny interior trims. The most striking design feature of the 1007 is the automatic sliding door that can be operated by the remote control or with a button on the dashboard. Not only do the doors look great, but it also allows for an easy access to the rear seats.
It's not a big car but the versatile seats provide comfort for 4 adult passengers. Although the exterior is quirky and colourful, the cheap materials don't really serve in delivering the designer's vision.
Performance and Economy
It's advisable to go for the 1.6-litre engine because the smaller petrol engines are too weak for the heavy 1007. With 42mpg it is still an efficient engine, not that the 1.4-litre versions are much more efficient as they are only capable of delivering 44mpg. If you don't venture too far out of the city, a diesel can be a good option. It delivers 60mpg and if you don't mind the 15-second acceleration to 60mph, there's nothing wrong with choosing the 1.4-litre diesel.
Like to Drive
Because the car is so safe and so full of electronics, it has ended up being quite heavy. A micro van weighing more than 1.2 tons is not ideal. As a result the car feels characterless as it is not very responsive to acceleration and steering. The stiff suspension makes it even worse. It's all ok in the city, but when you drive on uneven surfaces, the suspension faults will be noticeable. The car is designed for ease of driving, especially with the semi-automatic 2-Tronic transmissions which provides a great experience for a driver who prefers less involvement. Power steering makes driving an easy job in city and thanks to its dimensions the car can be parked effortlessly. Overall it is a practical car for a busy city, but don't expect to be inspired
Faults and Repairs
Compared to other mini vans, this is quite cheap to repair. The servicing and regular maintenance schedule is not difficult to follow and can be done within a tight budget. They've spent a significant amount of money on developing the 1007 and the car is built with quality in mind. Being a relatively new car, there's no record of serious faults.
The engines and gearboxes are stable and reliable. Being so electronically-advanced, if something goes wrong, it will be to a certain extent to do with electronics. During the first years of production, the 1007s were occasionally recalled to fix smaller faults, but there hasn't been anything too serious to report. Newer Peugeots are quite reliable and the 1007 is not an exception.The heavy and sophisticated sliding door can sometimes jam, that's why it's necessary to give both the doors a good test to make sure they work faultlessly. If the doors go seriously wrong, it might be quite expensive to put them right.