Peugeot 207 GTI Review

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ldquo; making Porsche-type performance available to the inexperienced, incompetent, ghetto-blasting hooligan near you”

Twentysomethings who demand a motor with zip find themselves barred by crippling insurance costs, not to mention the fact that cars with a modicum of poke are very expensive. Twentysomethings are also less likely to have worked their way up the corporate ladder far enough to get their hands on a company-provided vehicle, with all these exorbitant costs absorbed. If they do qualify for a car at all, it is more likely to be a bog-standard, basic, under-powered Vauxhall Vectra or its equivalent.

Introducing the Peugeot GTi THP 175, which goes like stink, doesn’t cost too much, and creeps into a reasonable insurance group. “Reasonable”, in these neo-Labour price-inflated times, means you don’t have to get another mortgage to afford one.

This new little Peugeot has more than its fair share of impenetrable acronyms, so let me explain. The “2” in 207 means that it slips into the range above the little “1” and below the family sized, VW Golf dominated “3” sector, as in 307. The GTi, well that means Grand Touring and injection.

And THP? That stands for Turbo Haute Pression, or high pressure turbo in English, and this all adds up to making Porsche-type performance available to the inexperienced, incompetent, ghetto-blasting hooligan near you.

Gaudy

I’m not fan of the genre, but I’ll concede that Peugeot has done a fine job making this hot hatch attractive. The GTi is at the top of the 207 range, above the mere GT with its 150 bhp engine. The exterior appearance is gaudy, but that is presumably what the buyers want, from the body coloured bumpers, dark-tinted rear windows, and large elliptical headlamps.

There’s a metallic grille, a tailgate spoiler, funky fog lamps and alloy wheels. This model also comes with a CD player, electric windows, and dual-zone climate control. The interior is impressive, with part-leather front seats which wrap around the body. There’s not much room in the back.

The five-dial instrument panel, with circular chrome-trimmed dials has a black chequered background combined with red indicator needles. Naturally, the foot pedals have an aluminium finish. Fourteen-year olds will love it.

Harsh ride

Performance is electrifying, with 0-62 mph coming up in 7.1 seconds.

As you would expect, the steering is quick and the car has grip in spades, but the ride is exceptionally harsh. Presumably teenagers don’t have many fillings to loosen. The 5-speed gearbox is exceptionally good. Peugeot says that because the 175 bhp engine, developed with BMW, is so torquey and powerful, 6 speeds are not needed. Umm.

After driving the car for a while, there was an irritating buzzing noise, which surely can’t be common to all THP 175’s?

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These new turbo-charged petrol engines are part of an attempt by European manufacturers to squeeze more power out of smaller motors, to give improved performance without compromising economy too much. The THP 175 returns a claimed average fuel economy of 39.2 mpg-7.2 l/kms, according to Peugeot, and produces 171 g/km of CO2.

Hostage to fortune

Peugeot says the GTi has an Electronic Stabilisation Programme which includes Steering Stability, and offers a startling claim, a hostage to fortune even.

“(Steering Stability) allows drivers of all abilities to enjoy their particular driving style to the full,” says Peugeot.

Does that mean that parents of said twentysomethings who own Peugeot 207 GTi THP 175’s will never get that dread knock on the door in the early hours of Sunday morning?

Neil Winton #150; June 15, 2007

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