Peugeot 207

The Essentials

  • Price from £9,995
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 67.3mpg
  • What is it? Cute supermini is a decent all-rounder but we'd hold out for its replacement, called, you guessed it, the 208

Great

  • Sassy styling really stands out in a crowd
  • It feels almost as smooth as 007
  • Easy and smooth to drive

Gripes

  • Small engines struggle to pull its weight
  • Not enough legroom in the back
  • It's being replaced, which won't help resale values
  • Drive

    It's heavy and the small engines are sluggish, but the 207 is great fun once it's under way

  • Inside

    Very classy interior and it's easy to get comfortable

  • Safety

    Four airbags and Isofix child seat mounts are standard, you'll have to pay more for curtain airbags or stability control

  • Reliability

    An average rating for reliability in the 2012 JD Power customer survey

  • Space

    You can stretch your legs out in the front seats but it's a different story in the back

  • Standard and extras

    You really should get more for your money with the basic models

  • What's it like to drive?

    The 207 couldn't be easier to drive and is generally comfortable and quiet. A gearshift indicator helps you drive in the most efficient gear, it's just a pity the gearchange itself feels soggy. The car is surprisingly heavy for its size, though, so opt for the 94bhp petrol or a 1.6-litre diesel - the other engines aren't up to the job. At low speeds the steering is light which helps with manoeuvring; speed up and it's nicely responsive.

  • What's it like inside?

    There's seat and wheel adjustment to help you tweak the driving position until it fits you perfectly ? the backrest adjustor isn't the most precise but that's only an issue if you regularly change drivers.
    It's perfectly roomy up front but you'll need a guillotine to get anyone over 5'6" in the back where legroom is minimal. That makes the 207 impractical for a family with anything but very young children ? it makes more sense as a first car. The boot is smaller than that of a Ford Fiesta or Hyundai i20, but the back seats split and fold down to help carry larger loads.

  • How reliable is it?

    The 207's reliability has been pretty good for Peugeot, so it shouldn't present problems.
    Safety kit includes four airbags, Isofix child seat mounts and rear door child locks as standard but you'll need to upgrade to top-spec Allure trim to add curtain airbags. Stability control is standard only on eco-friendly Oxygo models, and a cost option on all other trims.

  • Should I buy one?

    We'd hold on and try the replacement 208 model, but if you're set on a 207 you should push for a serious discount to compensate for paltry future resale values. The diesel engines are clean and efficient, with up to 74.3mpg on offer in the Oxygo model which is also exempt from road tax.
    Pick at least Active trim which adds air-con and Bluetooth hands-free kit to the CD player and electric front windows of the basic model.