The cabin is airy, bright and spacious. The windscreen is the largest in class covering 1.95 sq m with a total glass area of 5.20 sq m if the three optional sunroofs are specified. Automatic air conditioning with separate driver and passenger controls is also fitted, and even rear passengers get their own airflow adjuster.
On certain models, on the back of each front seat is an aircraft style fold down table, and the two front seats now swivel through 180 degrees so that the 807 can serve equally well as a picnic area, office or even a games room.
Among the options is a 7" colour screen which unfolds from the roof where it can be seen by the rear passengers. The dedicated in-car DVD player allows the rear passengers to watch movies on the move. It is also possible to link the screen to a games console, camcorder or portable computer. The system, including screens, an integrated Alpine DVD player and infra-red remote headphones is priced at £2199 (including VAT).
There are up to 58 storage areas in the cabin, giving a spectacular selection of bespoke places to keep things. For example, the centre console contains in its base, below the fascia-mounted gearlever, a refrigerated area capable of storing three drinks cans, and above it a drawer with a can holder, a removable ashtray and a 12 volt socket.
The cabin accommodates seven or eight people, depending on whether two individual chairs or a bench seat is fitted at the rear. In seven-seat mode, each occupant has a three-point safety belt. Each individual chair can accommodate a child’s safety seat. In the second row it is also possible to install Isofix child seats in the two window positions.
The main instruments consist of three green, translucent, spherical panels with silk-screen printed glass in the centre of the fascia. Conventional needle indicators create a clearly-seen shadow-play effect on the instrument faces.
The fascia has also been designed to accommodate a multipurpose screen to display, among other things, satellite navigation linked to a GPS telephone. This can be either monochrome or a full-colour seven-inch screen with mapping navigation.
The Peugeot 807 has achieved a four-star Euro-NCAP crash-test rating, and with its comprehensive active and passive safety systems is a safe place for families when they’re on the road.
Driving systems include the latest anti-lock braking system (ABS), with electronic distribution of the stopping effort between the wheels (EBFD) for maximum effect.
The system also includes emergency brake assist (EBA), which recognises when a driver is in an emergency stop and ensures full braking effort regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal. At the same time the hazard warning lights come on automatically to alert following traffic.
Also available is an Electronic Stability Program (ESP). This uses a number of sensors to identify when a loss of traction at either the front or the rear wheels could result in the car going out of control. It then intervenes – by braking a wheel, cutting engine torque, or both – to stabilise the car automatically.
If an accident is still unavoidable, the 807’s impressive passive safety takes over. It begins with the body structure and subframe, which divert crash forces away from the passenger cell towards the bulkhead, front screen pillars and side members beneath the floor so that there is minimal intrusion into the cabin.
All seven seats have a three-point safety belt. In most cases the belts include pre tensioners that retract and tighten the webbing a fraction, just before impact, and force limiters to reduce pressure on the wearer's chest. The seat in the middle of the second row has its belt and inertia reel neatly incorporated within itself.
The Peugeot 807 has side curtain airbags capable of protecting six occupants in all three rows of seats. These ’bags, housed in the headlining above window level, unfurl in side impact crashes to ensure all occupants in window seats are well protected.
There are the usual front and side airbags protecting the driver and front-seat passenger from injury in frontal accidents.
The driver can also isolate the electric rear windows and optional sunroofs in the second and third rows. The tyre pressure sensors first seen on the 607, which alert drivers to possible punctures long before they happen, now appear on Peugeot’s MPV.
The headlamps can be programmed to switch on automatically in dim light, or stay on after the car has been locked and to act as a ‘follow-me-home’ feature at night. This contributes towards the peace of mind of owners when returning to the car in poorly-lit areas.
Also with personal security in mind, all five doors can be programmed to lock automatically as soon as the car reaches a speed of 6 mph, thwarting opportunist thieves if, for instance, the driver is stopped at a red light.Published 17 March 2003