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Peugeot 207 (2006 - 2009)

The independent definitive Peugeot 207 (2006-2009) video review

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    SEVEN UP (some text hidden)

    BY ANDY ENRIGHT

    Introductionword count: 132

    Many manufacturers find themselves utterly tied in knots when it comes to replacing or updating a hugely successful model. Often they wait for too long and wait for the car to wither or else they try an entirely radical direction that takes a couple of years for customers to appreciate. Not Peugeot. With the 207 they played a very straight bat, changing the bits people didn't like about the 206 such as the seating position, the build quality, the interior space and the steering response, and keeping the bits customers loved such as the shape and the cheeky personality. Although some have sniffily dismissed this approach as rather short termist, Peugeot are making hay while the sun shines with 207 sales sky high. Here's how to track down a decent used example.

    Modelsword count: 31

    Models Covered: 2dr convertible, three and five-door hatchbacks, five door estate (1.4 8v, 1.4 16v, 1.4 VTi, 1.6, 1.6 THP petrol, 1.4, 1.6 HDi diesel [Urban, S, Sport, GT, Economique, GTi])

    Historyword count: 261

    To follow one phenomenal success story with another takes some doing, but to do it a third time gave Peugeot a huge challenge. Their 205 supermini started it all off in 1983 and things got even better fifteen years later with the 206, a car that was to sell over five million units worldwide. Then the onus fell upon the model we look at here, the 207. Despite its sales success, criticism has always persisted over the rather low rent interior finish of the 206, something Peugeot were keen to address with the more up-market 207 supermini. Of course, better quality tends to mean bigger prices and Peugeot worked hard to keep the 207 at affordable levels. Initially offered with just three and five-door hatchback body styles, a neat 207 CC coupe cabriolet followed in April 2007 and the SW station wagon model in summer of that year. The range of engines was also fleshed out, with more powerful 1.6-litre petrol units, including the 1.6-litre turbo powerplant shared with the MINI Cooper. The 1.4 VTi engine with 95bhp was also announced in summer of 2007. The 207 was facelifted in 2009 but the changes were not massive. The controversial front grille was reshaped and additional vents were installed on either side of it to visually widen the car. LED tail lights were also introduced as were Economique models with modifications to improve efficiency. The HDi 110 range-topping diesel engine was upgraded to 112bhp early in 2010 and a far superior six-speed manual gearbox was introduced to replace the sloppy five-speed item.

    What You Getword count: 476

    Peugeot claims the 207 set new class standards in terms of trim quality and equipment levels. The design of this car followed the corporate image seen on other models in the range like the 307 and 407 with the large 'smiling' grille and sharky front light clusters. The neat styling has shades of 206 about it, yet the car is completely different, based on the company's 'Platform 1' floor pan which it shares with the 1007. The striking and rather sporty look, which was designed in-house by Peugeot's own stylists, has ensured a strong customer following. The car is offered in both 3-door and 5-door hatchback form or as a CC folding hardtop coupe. If you need estate versatility, there is also an SW on offer. Peugeot decided to build the 207 at three sites in France, Spain and Slovakia, ensuring that they would always have sufficient capacity to meet demand. Sitting inside the 207, you can immediately sense that this car is far removed from the 206 in terms of its quality and elegance. Plus the 207, even in its most basic trim level, is head and shoulders above its predecessor in terms of refinement. The elegant centre panel houses all the usual heating, ventilating and audio switches and the binnacle behind the steering wheel features three circular dials, mirroring those usually seen on a motorcycle. The overall effect gives the impression of a very up-market product. The front seats are generously cut yet still manage to offer decent support. In the rear, as with most vehicles in this sector, the available space is rather limited to the size of the passenger and driver seated in the front. With the front seats fully extended backwards, the space in the back can be a bit restricted. Equipment levels? Well, air-conditioning is available in two specifications, dual zone manual or automatic. In addition, each vehicle is equipped with a fragrance diffuser which is discreetly incorporated into the fascia panel and dispenses one of seven selectable fragrances to keep the interior of your 207 smelling sweetly. Each fragrance was specially developed by a leading French perfume supplier. Useful features include automatic activation of the dipped beam, automatic front windscreen wipers, electric front windows with one-touch automatic reverse control and a remote control for the radio situated under the steering wheel. The 207CC doesn't deviate too much from the template set by the 206CC but the proportions are a little less stubby, the silhouette a few degrees more elegant. With 2+2 seating (although you wouldn't want to try to lever adults into the back seats), the 207CC is 4.04 metres long, adding 21cm to the length of the 206CC. Operating the roof is simplicity itself. With a similar operation as the 206 CC, the 207 CC roof differs significantly in terms of convenience thanks to its entirely automatic operation.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Insurance group:

    2

    6

    Insurance group 1-50:

    5

    15

    CO2 (g/km):

    99

    145

    Max Speed (mph):

    125

    0-62 mph (s):

    10.7

    Urban mpg:

    32.8

    61.4

    Extra urban mpg:

    57.6

    85.6

    Combined mpg:

    44.8

    74.3

    Length (mm):

    4030

    ... and 6 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

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    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    70%
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