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Peugeot 207

Peugeot 207

XT HDi Car Review

Author: NRMA Motoring Date: 21 June 2007

There’s no disputing local buyers have taken to diesel power. Spearheaded by the Europeans, sales have jumped substantially in the last few years. And it’s no wonder.

Today’s hi-tech, direct injection turbo diesels leave the old guard floundering with improved performance and cleaner emissions.

Enter the Peugeot 207 XT HDi. Powered by a 1.6 litre direct injection turbo, it represents an Australian first for the French marque, with diesel power now available in its small car range.

From outside you won’t mistake the new model for anything other than a Peugeot, with its wide mouthed grille. Peugeot anoraks will notice the diesel shares its more prominent nose treatment with the GT version.

Longer (+200mm), wider (+65mm) and taller (+56mm) than its predecessor, the 207 scores a five star Euro NCAP occupant safety rating and three star pedestrian rating.

Value for money

Available only as a manual five door hatch, the HDi’s $27,990 price tag is a $3,000 premium above the XT 1.6 petrol version’s $24,990.

Design function

Up front there’s plenty of head and shoulder room, but the driver’s footwell is still a tight fit with almost no space near the clutch pedal. In the rear it’s definitely a two seater, despite the third seatbelt! There’s ample head room in back, but leg room is tight and entry and exit through the rear door can be a squeeze.

Sharing the same wheelbase and boot dimensions as the three door, the five door’s luggage capacity is still better suited for two, rather than a small family. The split rear seat nearly folds flat for larger loads. Apart from the boot, there’s little in the way of secure storage, the small, airconditioned glovebox holding only a couple of cans of drink.

Anything else will need to go into the larger door or seat pockets.

Up front the height adjustable bucket seats wrap around you and are thickly bolstered. They were comfortable over a long trip, but one niggle is the lack of any lumbar adjustment. For anyone travelling in the rear the cinema style seating gives you a good view forward, and while the seat is reasonably comfortable, the limited leg room wears thin over longer stints.

Peugeot 207

Ergonomics

Housed in a simple pod ahead of the driver, the chrome trimmed instruments are easy to scan. There’s a multi-function display, (audio, trip computer), in the centre dash with the airconditioning/ventilation controls set low in the centre console. The small steering wheel has a large range of tilt and reach adjustment, but is noticeably switch free. Peugeot prefer to mount its audio controls on traditional column stalks.

At first it can look a bit confusing, but the layout soon becomes second nature.

One area where form wins over function is the dashboard’s swept forward extremities. For the driver this makes adjusting the outer air vent or reaching the headlight adjuster a real stretch.

Forward vision is excellent, but the plunging nose remains out of sight, and can be hard to judge (reversing is simpler, the car isn’t much longer than the rear screen). The sweeping A pillars don’t create major blind spots like some designs, and the large door mirrors are set low, avoiding the same problem.

Euro NCAP crash testing rates the 207 at five stars. Standard safety equipment includes ABS brakes with EBD and Brake Assist. Adaptive front airbags are complimented by side and curtain airbags, and there is a seatbelt warning light for all occupants.

Pedestrian safety has also received some attention. There’s an impact beam and absorbent padding to protect lower limbs and more space between engine hardpoints and the bonnet, giving a three star pedestrian safety rating. Stability and traction control don’t make it onto the diesel’s spec sheet.

Build quality finish

Finished in Aluminium metallic silver, the test car’s paintwork appeared more consistent in its finish than some earlier 206’s we’ve seen. So that’s a plus for the newcomer. Stylish and simple, the interior’s design is more appealing than a VW’s minimalist approach, but can’t quite match the German’s industrial strength feel.

Peugeot 207
Peugeot 207
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