Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016
- Spacious interior
- Good motorway cruiser
- It offers an enjoyable drive
- The diesel engines are superb
- The dash layout isn't logically laid out
- Limited luggage space when all seven seats are in
The Peugeot 807 may not be the prettiest car around, but then most other MPV's aren't either as it shares most of its looks with the Citroen C8 and Fiat Ulysse. The interior is extremely spacious, comfortable and is able to seat seven people comfortably. If you need to transport large amounts of luggage or take rubbish to the tip all the rear seats can be removed to leave you with a massive loading space of 2948litres. The handling is surprisingly good, as are the engines, with the bigger 2.2-litre units feeling powerful and refined.
Exterior and Interior
The 807 is by no means the prettiest car available, but then MPV's aren't known for their looks. The interior is spacious coming with seven seats that are all comfortable and large. All three rows come with enough head and legroom for adults to sit comfortably. It's easy to get into the third row of seats too with the second row folding and tumbling forwards to help with access. With all the seats in place there isn't much room left over for luggage, but all the back seats can be removed to produce a huge loading space. They are heavy to lift out though and unlike newer MPV's the seats can't fold flat into the floor.
The cabin is full of extra storage space for any smaller objects and the layout has been designed to try and increase the available space by giving the driver a more upright position and moving the gear lever onto the dash, closer to the steering wheel. The dash and controls don't seem to have much thought given to their layout with you having to search for all the controls when you first try to use them. The sliding rear doors are excellent for tight spaces making getting in and out of the rear two rows of seats easy.
When choosing a trim level you won't feel short changed if you go for the entry level LX trim as the 807 comes with plenty of kit as standard. However, if you want more kit we'd advise going for the executive as it comes with everything you are likely to want or need.
Performance and Economy
The entry level petrol is best to be avoided as it lacks real pulling power and can struggle when fully loaded. The 143bhp unit that replaced it is better, but can still feel sluggish when fully loaded and isn't much more economical than the 2.2-litre unit, achieving 31mpg compared to the 2.2's 29mpg. The 2.2-litre is the petrol engine to go for, but you may find it hard to find as it was dropped in 2006.
The diesels engines are the ones to go for as they come with that added low down pull that is lacking in petrol counterparts. Like the petrol's, the entry level 2.0 diesel feels underpowered and should be steered clear of. The 120bhp unit that replaced it is quicker at 12.5 seconds from 0-60mph, which may not be that quick, but it is more relaxing to drive and it returns 40mpg. The 136bhp 2.0HDi is even better being more refined and quicker by 1.5 seconds from 0-60mph and only loses 1mpg on the smaller engine. Of the 2.2-lite HDi's we would go for the newer unit as it is more economical at 39mpg and a second faster at 11.3 seconds from 0-60mph.
The entry level petrol and diesel 2.0-litre engines are the cheapest to insure at group 10, but the rest aren't far behind with the 2.0-litres falling into group 11 and the 2.2-litres into group 12.
Like to Drive
The 807 is an enjoyable MPV to drive with its well weighted steering. The body roll is well contained when cornering, something that is especially good fro the back seat passengers who tend to suffer the most from poor handling vehicles. The suspension is supple, if a little firm around town, but it provides a smooth and comfortable ride on the motorway making the 807 an excellent cruising vehicle. The wind and road is kept at bay exceedingly well, but some engine noise can be heard from the smaller 2.0-litre engines.
Faults and Repairs
There are very few stand out problems on the 807. The electrics can be faulty so make sure that everything works, especially the optional electric doors which have caused some problems. Also check for damaged trim as they scratch and mark easily. The last thing to check is that the ECU in the engine is working correctly as it can cause misfires, rough running or doesn't work at all and it will cost a lot when it comes to replacing it. As for services and repairs they wont cost a fortune, but aren't cheap either coming in around the same price range as most of its rivals.