Car Reviews: Peugeot 1007 1.4 Dolce – The AA

24 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: Peugeot 1007 1.4 Dolce – The AA
Peugeot 1007

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Likes

Sliding doors work effectively Individual rear seats are comfortable Able to fit into tight parking spaces Reassuring sense of solidity

Gripes

Feels heavy, lacks urgency Lots of wind noise at motorway speeds Cabin fit and finish merely adequate Only seats four, with little luggage space

Given some of the coverage the Peugeot 1007 has attracted, you might think it is little more than a couple of clever doors mounted on a chassis. It’s definitely different, if not quite as revolutionary as Peugeot would have us believe, and should make its presence felt in a marketplace that includes the Renault Modus and Honda Jazz.

Instead of launching into an involved discussion of the pros and cons of the 1007’s most obvious feature – its sliding electric side doors – it is really only worth noting that the system works well. That’s hardly surprising as it’s virtually the same as the system used for several years on the 807 people carrier.

It follows that many MPV-style benefits are available to the 1007 despite its relatively small size and the presence of only four seats. Older drivers and some disabled motorists will love not having to haul the doors open by hand and access to the front seats is simple as they are conveniently positioned at hip height.

There are also MPV-style drawbacks. All those extra electric motors add a good deal of weight. The MPV-like shape is rather dumpy and dynamically the 1007 is uninspiring and uninvolving, if perfectly able.

But there are also nice touches such as interior accents that can be changed to suit your mood, a generous standard specification and excellent crash test ratings. The majority of buyers are expected to be female, and women will appreciate the car’s feeling of being safe and secure as well as its town-oriented driving set up and a capable automatic gearbox.

Our verdict on the Peugeot 1007 1.4 Dolce

Ignore the doors and you’ll see the Peugeot 1007 for what it really is – a capable, safe, if slightly bland urban runabout with excellent accessibility. This relatively fresh sector of the new car market is already full of strong contenders, so securing a reasonable discount on the list price is probably necessary to make the 1007 seem more appealing.

Costs

A glance at the list prices seems to put the 1007 at a disadvantage compared to some competitors but as Peugeot is keen to point out, it does come with a good deal of standard equipment that not all rivals can match. Peugeot’s reputation for reliability is average, but any repairs that are required tend to be cheap and the dealer network is well regarded. General running and insurance costs are low.

Space and practicality

This is strictly a four seater, so you might expect there to be plenty of extra room to play with. You’d be wrong. The boot is tall but does not extend far into the cabin. Rear seats can be folded behind the front seats but not removed completely. Doing so restricts front seat legroom as the seats cannot be pushed fully back.

The range of storage areas around the cabin is good, though.

Controls and display

Comfort

Car security

Car safety

Safety concerns have centred on the reliability of the doors and their performance in a serious crash. In such an accident, they can be chopped off by firemen at three points. Peugeot is confident that they are just as safe as conventional doors.

The 1007’s official crash test performance was excellent and numerous important safety features are included as standard such as curtain airbags, side airbags, ABS with EBA and ESP.

Driver appeal

Peugeot 1007

This is not a driver’s car, but it is a car that’s easy to drive. The diesel engine with manual gearbox is the most satisfying combination on open roads, possibly because of different weight distribution, but in the busy traffic that is likely to be the 1007’s main environment the added practicality of the six speed automatic gearbox is hard to argue against. It can be operated in clutchless manual mode, though this is only really useful on steep inclines.

Steering gives pleasant feedback but in other respects the 1007’s demeanour is neutral.

Family car appeal

First car appeal

Quality and image

It’s difficult to pin down exactly how the 1007 will be regarded by the public and only time will tell whether it is viewed as a quirky one-off or – like the 206 CC with its folding hardtop – another case of Peugeot leading where other manufacturers follow. It’s a shame that apart from ease of access, the 1007 has no really outstanding features. Much will also depend on the reliability of the doors’ electric motors.

Accessibility

Because both rear seats are individual instead of being the bench style favoured by the Modus, rear passengers enjoy enhanced comfort levels. However, climbing into the back is tricky – because the doors must not extend behind the vehicle’s rearmost point, the available opening behind the front seats is narrow. Fine for kids or teenagers, not so great for more mature or weighty passengers.

Front seat comfort and headroom throughout is excellent.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

A very decent radio-CD player with six speakers is provided and gives good sound quality, perhaps aided by the 1007’s high roof. Operating it from the dashboard is fiddly, so you’ll quickly learn to master the integral steering wheel controls, which fall readily to hand. It is possible to upgrade to a JBL system with eight speakers and 240 Watts with a five-CD autochanger.

Without rear seats folded, boot is quite small

Colours and trim

Despite the name, Sport models are mechanically identical to Dolce models. Differences are largely cosmetic with slightly different headlights, grille, dials and interior detailing. You need to look pretty hard to notice many of them.

All buyers get an extra ‘Cameleo’ kit, which allows them to change the colours of some interior elements to suit their mood.

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