What is it?
Peugeot’s 1007 didn’t get a friendly reception when it was launched and hasn’t been at all successful in the showrooms either. It’s not cheap, the electric doors are heavy (so it’s a bit sluggish) and the packaging is a bit inefficient.
These are all good reasons why the 1007 hasn’t been a hit. But I do hope the team at Peugeot responsible for designing it are not now working as car washers at Peugeot Congo Ltd, because the ideas behind the 1007 are not at all stupid. Doors that slide open electrically are a brilliant feature for our overcrowded supermarket car parks and busy city streets.
Peugeot cannot do much about the packaging at this stage, but can and has about the power-to-weight ratio by simply fitting the bigger 1.6-litre HDI motor that’s used in the 407. The turbodiesel produces 110bhp and 177lb ft of torque – 40bhp and 57lb ft up on the current 1.4 HDi engine.
The 110bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine has been available from launch, but only with the 2Tronic automatic gearbox. Now it’s available with the conventional five-speed manual gearbox.
What’s it like?
Not surprisingly, nowhere in Peugeot’s press material does it tell you that you can drive the 1007 with its doors open. You can’t open the doors once the car is moving, but if you start the motor with the doors open you can continue on your way with them wide open.