Car Review: Peugeot - 4007  Series 07 (3 stars)

The Peugeot 4007 is an SUV by committee and doesn't stand out enough in a crowded market.

PSA siblings Peugeot and Citroen teamed up with Toyota a few years ago now to create the 107/C1/Aygo trio of cars out of a joint development project, each rummaging around the proverbial attic to try and find bits and pieces they could each bring to the table that would keep costs down as low as possible.

That partnership was a reasonable success; the cars were well-received by the critics and sold in decent numbers. For a second effort, the PSA team joined up with Mitsubishi to fill an SUV-sized gap in its ranges. The result was the 4007/C-Crosser/Outlander - a different kettle of fish this time round, though.

The front end of the 4007 literally looks like has been grafted onto another car, the Peugeot family face not suiting the proportions of the rest of the vehicle. There are parts, such as between the rear light clusters, where the changes may as well have been done by drawing on an Outlander with permanent marker pen.

The Mitsubishi had already been started when Peugeot and Citroen got on board, and it really shows from certain angles. Hence the Outlander looks the best resolved of the bunch. The 4007 has all the basics you'd expect from an SUV - it doesn't have the same flair as the 3008 because it was brought quickly to market to fulfil an urgent gap as Peugeot realised it needed to have such a vehicle on the books. Its seven-seat practicality will appeal to some buyers though.

There is room enough for five people inside the 4007, but as with so many apparent seven-seaters these are in reality occasional seats for children - if you regularly need to cart around six other people in your car you will have to look at something more substantial. The fiddly rearmost seats will fold flat into the boot floor, though, leaving plenty of room there for luggage.

For the price that Peugeot expects for the 4007 we found the interior quality wanting - when the car is approaching Volkswagen Tiguan and Volvo XC60 territory and you're prepared to spend the money, it's worth finding the extra cash for the marked step up in quality, not to mention school-run kudos.

The 4007 offers a soothing drive, however, and surprisingly for an SUV it's actually quite capable off-road. These things might help, but ultimately it's a forgettable car in a packed marketplace.

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