Review: Peugeot 207

Buy if you want a used, all rounder car

29 Oct 15 Tim Barnes-Clay

Pros

  • Stable on the road

  • Good size for a small hatchback

  • Easy to drive

Cons

  • Not the most reliable car

  • Limited room for rear passengers

  • Small boot

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The Peugeot 207 is a French supermini car that was produced between 2006 to 2012. It’s available on the secondhand market as a three or five-door hatchback, a Station Wagon and as a coupe or a convertible.

Performance

The Peugeot 207 isn’t sparkling to drive, but it does its job of transporting a small family competently. Its steering and pedals are undemanding and straightforward to get used to.

It is also sprightly and agile around town, but not as accurate or as entertaining to drive as, say, the Vauxhall Corsa.

On longer journeys, the Peugeot is comfy enough but not particularly powerful. There is a big range of petrol and diesel engines and the latter are the best for economy if you do quite a bit of mileage.

Front of Peugeot 207

Ride and handling

The amount of road noise differs significantly according to the engine and wheels selected. The larger engines with small wheels are the quietest. The 207’s steering is accurate and nicely weighted, but the gearbox can be a bit sloppy on older used models, so it’s quite easy to select fifth gear rather than third.

On the road, the 207 feels stable, even able to take bends fairly quickly without much body lean.

Outside of car

Interior space

In keeping with most cars in this small hatchback class, the 207 can carry a reasonably ample load. Rear seats fold almost totally flat and Peugeot’s usual assortment of drinks holders are distributed throughout the cabin.

The car will seat four adults or two adults and three small children comfortably. The five-door models are obviously better if you have kids than those with just three doors.

Indeed, the relatively good size of the 207 makes it a good car for small families or it will make a decent second car.

Steering wheel

What to know before you buy

Wheel bearing failures can happen. You will know if the car you are test driving is dodgy in this respect because there will be a dragging or grinding noise. It can also sound like whining or humming.

Wheel bearings can impact on economy, performance and ride quality, so it’s important to get the bearings replaced. The diesel engines can also sound raucous when cold, but this should dissipate once the car gets going and everything warms up under the bonnet. Be sceptical and walk away from the sale if the noise doesn’t go away.

Another irritating issue involves a dashboard notification about the anti-pollution system and the engine management system. This can trigger the car’s ‘electronic ‘brain’ to reduce the 207’s performance. It has been attributed to a physical engine fault, or a software gremlin in the car’s software. Peugeot dealers are the only place you should take any 207 with this glitch.

Two Peugeots side by side

Alternative cars

Fellow French car, the Renault Clio, and the British-built Vauxhall Corsa are probably the Peugeot 207’s biggest rivals.

The Clio has similar talents in terms of practicality and handling, but lacks the Peugeot’s vibe.

The Corsa is easy to drive, simple to fix, and there are lots of them on the used market. Another secondhand car competitor is the Kia Rio. This South Korean produced hatchback looks similar to the 207 and is good value for money.

A Citroen C3 is also worth checking out. It is not a great looking motor but it can be bought for a song.

Overall verdict

The Peugeot 207 shows its age now, but this doesn’t mean it’s a bad looker. In fact it is a rational buy if you want a used, all-rounder rather than an exciting small family car.

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