Peugeot 207 Review

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Peugeot 207

Peugeot 207

Review

So, it’s a petrol-engined car that thinks it’s a diesel and that is no bad thing, especially when it comes to almost diesel-like fuel consumption figures.

12 March 2007 MAC

So, it’s a petrol-engined car that thinks it’s a diesel and that is no bad thing, especially when it comes to almost diesel-like fuel consumption figures. Measured under test conditions with the weight of one occupant, the 207 GT managed 30.3mpg for the urban cycle, 50.4mpg for the extra-urban and the resultant ‘combined’ is 40.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 166g/km (VED Band E).

In conjunction with the non-optional, 5-speed manual gearbox that has been re-worked to better suit the new engine, the new 207 GT takes 8.1 seconds to get from 0-62mph and the top speed is 131mph.

The performance doesn’t leave you breathless but is nonetheless very good. Driving enjoyment is better served by playing with the torque, particularly when driving a little off the beaten track. The road-holding is good too, as is the dynamic agility, thanks in part, to the firmer suspension, which comprises a torsion beam at the rear which is some 12.5 per cent stiffer than the same car with the 1.6 HDi 110bhp engine.

However, the electric power steering is far too light for my liking and added to the skittish feeling that begins with the thinly-clad 17-inch alloys that tend to wander on uneven surfaces.

Peugeot 207

The ESP system, which is standard on the GT models, comprises ABS, EBD or EBFD, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, as Peugeot chooses to label it, EBA (Electronic Brake Assist), ASR traction control and stability control (CDS). It is there to mop up any minor indiscretions, however, the ASR and CDS can be switched off for pulling away in slippery conditions but automatically reinstates itself at speeds over 31mph.

All 207s come with side, front passenger and driver’s airbags and only the base ‘Urban’ model is sans curtain airbags. In the Euro NCAP safety tests, the 207 scored a maximum 5-stars for adult occupant protection, 4-stars for child protection and 3-stars for pedestrian protection.

The GT is available as both a three- and five-door hatch, although it is only the three-door that benefits from the THP engine – the 1.6HDI 110 is available in both formats.

The test car was the 3-door costing £14,345 and for that you get an electrochromic rear-view mirror, directional headlights, tyre pressure sensors, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control and aluminium pedals, over the next level down, the SE. Both the SE and GT models benefit from the panoramic ‘Cielo’ sunroof, which lets in so much light that it almost feels like you are driving a cabrio. And, if you want to smell the flowers you can turn up the integrated fragrance diffuser instead of opening the windows, which I believe was first seen in the Citroen C4.

Peugeot 207
Peugeot 207
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