I bought this car to replace my ageing LR Discovery 3dr est, I carried out some research via the i'net and bought it unseen or driven(not something I would normally recommend),however, on this occasion the result was better than I could have hoped for. More space for kids, 3 of, inc tall 17 y.o. and autistic 10 y.o.(who normally causes problems in the back seat trying to climb out of windows, which he cannot do in this car thanks to the hinged style rear 4 windows) in back with safer and better access via sliding doors, more useable space generally. Very relaxing to drive and, considering the design history, very sure footed, and better than a lot of cars I have driven recently. In my occupation I spend my day driving prestige cars, but its nice to get back into my Escapade at the end of the day and drive home in comfort courtesy of supple suspension and comfy' seats. Over 40mpg in the city is a bonus. The engine is very quiet for a diesel and after driving a Discovery for 6 years I am impressed with the huge amount of torque this car can produce. The interior is well finished and better than many cars I have driven at 2 and 3 times the price, nothing special just good solid finish. In short a good solid frugal comfortable spacious wee car that is a pleasure to drive and use and one that can swallow up a load of cargo including, if packed carefully 6'x4' fence sheeting.
Disappointed that WC has not yet reviewed this 1900 cc model which replaced the other engine sizes and is far superior with its BHP. I love driving it and have only one reservation. I find the brakes woolly and unresponsive unless I stamp on the pedal so I am returning my brand new car to the dealer for examination. Shame, as this is the only thing that prevents an overall 5 star rating. I do not find cabin noise noticably more than my last car, a 1400 hatchback, in spite of its being diesel powered and, as you cruelly put it, an ex-van! I have seen numerous much more pricey 4 x 4s with far less style.
The large rear will accomodate two golf bags and two electric trolleys, all of which are out of view when the shelf cover is closed. The vehicle is very comfortable on long journeys. A bonus are the sliding rear doors, which are a boon when trying to accommodate young children.
I bought this after a Seat Alhambra, and with respect to style and equipment, it comes as a bit of a shock. However after living with it for a year, things are different.
Parts are cheap if you need them, as is insurance.
I have been using it for pulling boats and have been completely satisfied. The diesel has enough torque to lift the car, five people, a boat, camping gear and tackle highland roads in scotland.
The rubber in the boot and around the vehicle means there are no mucky marks everywhere and the carpets have stayed in good condition.
There's ots of storage as well. The overhead lockers with 12V sockets have been very handy and the overhead boot locker is just where you want things to be when the boot is loaded. It's handy for fuses, lamps, coffee etc.
Faults include a few blown fuses and the brake pads needed changing on ours as they were squealing. It's a known issue and they were replaced by dealer without question. The dealer, Randersons in Leeds, have been very good and prompt, as was the selling dealer, Woodkirks in Wakefield.
The warranty is unlimited (on our one at least) if you meet the Year One service and mileage constraits (12,000 miles, I think). The RAC charge £120 at end of year one to increase the European roadside cover for two more years!
Overall, it's strong, simple and cheap to run, and does what Peugeot set out for it to do. I'm very pleased.
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