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First drive: Peugeot 807 2.2 litre HDi – on sale now



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With full-size MPV models plentiful and the sector under pressure from mid-size rivals, it’s no surprise most carmakers have sought partnerships to reduce development costs.

Peugeot has a long-standing venture with Citroën and Fiat, from which comes the 807.

Much like its C8 and Ulysse siblings, the 807 comes with handy electronically-operated sliding doors, five-star Euro Ncap rating and up to 58 storage areas. It’s a roomy seven-seater, with an option for an eighth seat, and is a pleasant place to spend a few hours travelling – especially if the roof-mounted DVD player is purchased to quieten squabbling children.

Compared to the C8, the 807 has more variants – more than twice as many – but they share four engines: 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre in diesel and petrol. The 807 is priced around £300 more than the C8 like-for-like.

The 2.2-litre HDi diesel on test is a solid performer. With 235lb ft torque at 2,000rpm, it pulls at low revs in high gears to reduce changes around town, but also has that extra push from the 136bhp/4,000rpm on tap for overtaking.

On open roads it feels stable without much body roll. The suspension is accommodating, cushioning potholes with minimal fuss. It’s ideal for the family.

Particular likes are the tinted glass and the built in rear screen blinds – perfect for protecting children from the sun. Dislikes are Peugeot’s tiny footwell, especially the low gap between the pedals and top of footwell, which clips larger feet.

It may not quite match up to the look and feel of the sector leading Renault Espace, but the 807 will appeal to families and offers dealers a great profit opportunity to upsell on spec and optional equipment.

Price (tested): £24,730
Engine: 2.2-litre HDi diesel
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Performance: 0-62mph 12.6sec; top speed: 112mph
Efficiency: 38.7mpg, 195g/km CO2
CAP RV 3yr/30k: £8,325 (34%)
Rivals: Citroën C8, Fiat Ulysse, Renault Espace, Ford Galaxy

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