Peugeot 207 Hatchback 2006 - 2009

Peugeot 207 Hatchback 2006 - 2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Dynamic exterior design for a super mini
  • Powerful and reliable engines

Cons:

  • Minimalistic interiors
  • Still not enough space

Overview

The Peugeot 207, although classified as a super mini, doesn't look like a mini car, at least not anymore. The car's wheel base is 4 inches longer than the 206 and the dull, powerless engines had been dropped. Created from the rather dodgy car that the 206 was, French designers have done a great job of turning the fate around. The car has been built on the Citroen C3 platform and although they are similar in size, the Peogueot 207 is marketed as the sportier mini.

Exterior and Interior

Although the general stylistic line remains true to the old 206, the new generation is a much nicer car. Its aggressive front end and the swift wedge-shaped body sets it apart from the more placid-looking minis offered by other car makers. The 4 inches that the car has gained in its wheel base definitely helps, adding a little more legroom for the passengers and allowing the driver some flexibility in adjusting their driving position. Both the steering column and the seat can be adjusted in several ways to adapt to your individual driving preferences. The 207 features a minimalist interior with a slight hint of sportiness. The dashboard is very clean and neat. Everything that you'd normally find on a dashboard is hidden away in the centre column or in the semi-ellipsoid behind the steering wheel. Material use and quality of assembly is significantly better than in the previous generation Peugeot.

Performance and Economy

Considering, the 200 series has now dropped the dull 1.0-litre and 1.1-litre engines, you can go purely by fuel-efficiency when choosing your best option. Even the basic 1.4-litre engine is rapid enough to provide a great driving experience. It's not the greatest accelerator in the world and you'll be switching through the gears for more than 15 seconds before you reach 60mph, however, the economy is very good at 44mpg. The new petrol engines were developed in collaboration with BMW and similar engines can be found on Mini One. The 1.6-litre petrol engine presents the driver with better dynamics and still provides a reasonable mileage of 40mpg. As for the diesels, the 1.4-litre version can stretch to 64mpg, but it doesn't go to well with the sporty image of the car. The 1.6HDi provides excellent speed and agility and will deliver around 56mpg. Many people looking for used Peugeot 207 will end up choosing one of the 1.6-litre engines according to their preference. The basic Peugeot 207 can be very cheap to insure. The 1.4-litre engine places it in the insurance group 5. The sportier it gets, the more expensive the insurance with some modifications hitting the group 12 or even higher.

Like to Drive

The seats resembling anatomic seats of sports cars are positioned low on the floor and you'll have to get used to the new driving posture. The seats are very comfortable but might find them difficult to begin with. The upgraded suspension has a great ability of absorbing most of the bumps and potholes when driving on uneven surfaces. It provides a reasonably pleasant ride even when fully loaded. Steering may feel unresponsive, especially at low speeds. The power steering system of the 207 is very light and cottony. Driving a 1.6-litre Peugeot, be it petrol or diesel engine, is a great experience. Its sporty character is accented by the low seating position.

Faults and Repairs

The seats resembling anatomic seats of sports cars are positioned low on the floor and you'll have to get used to the new driving posture. The seats are very comfortable but might find them difficult to begin with. The upgraded suspension has a great ability of absorbing most of the bumps and potholes when driving on uneven surfaces. It provides a reasonably pleasant ride even when fully loaded. Steering may feel unresponsive, especially at low speeds. The power steering system of the 207 is very light and cottony. Driving a 1.6-litre Peugeot, be it petrol or diesel engine, is a great experience. Its sporty character is accented by the low seating position.


Overall Rating:
Review by Guest
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Great Car But Missing the Punch"

Exterior and Interior

I love this car mainly for the way that it looks. I bought this used and for a fairly cheap model you get a lot for your money. Typically I find a lot of the cars in this price range are very sparse inside and look 'cheap'. However I have never found this with the Peugeot and makes me feel like I am driving something with substance. The interior is made with decent quality materials too and the chrome finish is a nice touch. This is larger than the 206 but this is not a bad thing as it makes the car feel a lot more grown up. It is also now easier for the taller people amongst us to drive. Overall it is a good looking car for the price both inside and out, and does not look like a 'cheap' car.

Performance and Economy

Previously I had a 206 so the majority of my comparison is with that car. Although they are both very similar, I find that the extra weight that the 207 carries does not help the economy. Very quickly I realised that despite getting a 1.4 litre to replace my 1.1 litre, I was not making any saving on petrol. Although it says that on a full tank I can get over 400 miles, the greater liklihood is somewhere closer to 300 if I am driving economically. This is still good but is not what I was originally expecting when I upgraded as the economy is very similar to my older, smaller car. However the car drives very well, with no noticeable differences in the handling or performance in 5 years.

Like to Drive

This car is very good to drive and feels very comfortable and reliable. Although I find it very similar to the 206, I am assured by those taller than myself that this car is far more comfortable as there is more space in the foot-well and the larger interior means that you do not feel like you are 'sitting on top of the car' rather than in it. However, I do feel that the main detriment to this car is the lack of personality. It is comfortable to drive but not particularly fun. It also appears to have far more difficulty on snow and ice than the 206, possibly due to the increased weight. Overall it is a fairly dependable car and is completely practical. <

Faults and Repairs

I have had no real issues with the 207 since buying it. However, there has been an ongoing issue with the air con since I purchased the car that, after several trips to the dealer, I have written off as a quirk. Occasionally the air con will not work and I have never found it to be a cold as the air in the 206. Whether this is a fault of the model or my particular car, I cannot say. The radio also seems to be less powerful than the previous model as I am often losing the signal for up to a minute whilst driving, despite having the RDS REG enabled. However, these issues have been minor and may be due more to my specific car than the model in general.
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