At first glance, the Peugeot 1007 appears like an unusual car for its size. Its primary features include electric front sliding doors to replace the traditional opening doors seen in most cars. The advantage of this forward feature is being able to get out and back inside the narrowest parking spaces. The interior boasts of interchangeable trim panels and a stylish design that the more aesthetically inclined will appreciate. Unfortunately the interior’s four-seat dimensions make it difficult to fit an average-sized group. Only children will be able to fit the rear area. Compared to other engines and models, its performance around town pales in comparison. But the Peugeot 1007 does have its merits. Read on to find out how it will fare in the market and as a personal purchase choice.
The 1007’s best engine is the 1.6-litre HDi diesel. This unit is able to give that necessary nip and is available at 110bhp. Apart from its efficient fuel economy at 58mpg, the engine delivers more than enough punch and is able to overtake easily along freer roads and traffic. You won’t be missing out on the necessary features for motorway driving as the 1.6-litre HDi powers your 1007. The other option is a 1.4-litre at 75bhp petrol that is paired with a manual five-speed gearbox; you can also have it with a clutchless gearbox and a steering wheel-mounted shift paddle. The 1.6-litre petrol unit 110bhp comes only with clutchless transmission.
All-around visibility is decent enough for easier parking and three-point turns. Roll round corners are also readily handled but you may have to do so at a sedated pace for more stability. Boot space is generous and versatile. It even includes a deep low floor and the rear seats can be slid behind to accommodate rear passengers. But if you need a larger storage space, the rear seats can be split and folded flat. Boot space can be expanded large enough to accommodate a mountain bike. Cabin space is also adequate, particularly for head and shoulder space.
Foot space tends to be limited in the cabin. Since the Peugeot 1007 is only a four-seater, only children and smaller adults can be accommodated at the back for short trips. Only four individuals can fit and relax comfortably for longer journeys.
Although the big, elevated doors allow for easy access in tight spaces, you may experience some trouble with its actual design. The big side window provides enough visibility but the thick and deep rear pillars prevent shoulder visibility. Wide doors allow for a proper location for the seatbelts, but the driver may have to twist and stretch out before gaining access to them. This will be a problem for older users and no adjustment settings are available to remedy this problem.
Unfortunately the 1007 isn’t as agile around town despite being a small car designed for city driving. Once you go along town ways, drivers will have to get used to quite a struggling pace. Overtaking doesn’t become an option despite the free space along the road.
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