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Peugeot 1007 (2005–2008)

Last updated 13 September 2016

 
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Dimensions
Length 3731 mm
Width 1662 mm
Height 1610 mm
Wheelbase 2315 mm
Boot Space 326–977 L

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Interior

No doubt about it, the doors work, and the car is exceptionally easy to get in and out of on city streets. From outside, the remote key allows you to open the door either side. From inside you pull a switch and they quietly pop out then glide back, a bit like the doors on an Underground train. You can even drive with them open, which might be illegal, but was the way newpapers used to get delivered to news stands. But that's not the point of the 1007. It's to offer something new that people will see in action and smile at, then want one.

Fashion can tell people to do all sorts of ridiculous things. Buy shoes so high they can't walk in them, wear baggy trousers permanently pulled down below their buttock line, drive a car so low they slip their discs just climbing aboard. Then, the next year, flat shoes are back, trousers are hung from the waist again and tall cars are ‘in' again. That's what Peugeot is hoping, anyway. The 1007 will either take off, or go the other way.

So what else is good about it?

Unlike the Smart City Coupe, a previous fashion car, the 1007 seats four, and does so with enough space over their heads to wear chefs hats. The back seats are reasonably easy to get in and out of and there's plenty of space for a five-foot niner to sit behind a five-foot niner. The back seats also slide backwards and forward and individually tumble to create a decent sized luggage well for two or three people going on holiday. It's easy to understand how the seats work, and the levers and structure seem very robust.

Up front, a long windscreen slopes into a short bonnet that probably contributes to the car's exceptionally high NCAP score of 36.1 out of a possible 37. There are airbags all over the place too, so it's a safe little car to be in. Some of the trim is held in place by Velcro tabs and you get a different coloured spare set so you can change it as the mood takes you. On reflection, it might be because the red dash top pads mirror themselves vividly in the windscreen, but the dark blue or dark grey ones don't.Being primarily a city car, you can accessorise your 1007 with all kinds of stuff. Basic trim is either ‘Dolce' or ‘Sport'. Dolce gets a leather steering wheel, fog lights, air conditioning, 6 speaker radio and CD player, heat reflective windscreen, one touch electric windows, luggage net and an extra mirror to watch children in the back seats. Sport gets the additions of aluminium finish pedals and interior, a chrome surround on the honeycomb grille and exhaust pipe, black masked headlights, 16" alloy wheels, sports seats and body coloured side rubbing strips. (Even thought the 1007's doors slide, everyone else's still swing, so it can still get bashed.) And you can choose from 11 good colours.

Then you can add ‘Cameleo' kits, which are 11 different combinations of door trims, dash top pads and air vent trims. You can supplement the Radio/CD with an 8 speaker JBL Hi-fi pack and a 5 CD glove box autochanger. Or you can go for the RT3 telematics system, which is a combination radio with mapping CD Rom monochrome satnav display, dual band GSM SIM card telephone with direct access to Peugeot Customer Care or emergency services.

 

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