Review: Peugeot 207 (2006 – 2012)

Rating:

The spirit of the 205 revived. Packed with personality. Fun to drive, safe, and decent quality.

No design classic. Escalating reports of swamped wiring loom failures. Vital to clear bulkhead vent well drains regularly.

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24 February 2018

Report that screen wash reservoir can crack if plain water in it freezes. That then deposits the contents on the wiring loom, causing mayhem. Vital to use screenwash with sufficient anti-freeze. 23... Read more

27 February 2017

Complaint of PAS of 2011 Peugeot 207 failing. Read more

2 December 2016

Report that flooded bulkhead vent wells of 2012 Peugeot 207 due to blocked vent well drains led to swamped electronics and a £3,500 repair bill of which Peugeot offered to pay half. See: 4-12-2013;... Read more

Peugeot 207 (2006 – 2012): At A Glance

The 207 has a big job to do. It has to follow Peugeot's best selling cars ever: the 206 and the 205. It has to be loved. Being bigger than a 206 (actually the same size as the old 306), it has to sell for more money. And it has to win hearts and minds of buyers who might otherwise have plumped for the new Clio.

There's no bargain basement 207. Though prices weren't set at the launch they later came in at "from £8,995", which is £1,500 more than the cheapest FIAT Grande Punto. If you want a ‘Two O' for less, the 206 will continue alongside for a while, like the 205 did after the launch of the 106.

At least you get a lot for your money in the base model 207. Dubbed the ‘Urban' it comes equipped with unexpected kit like a switchable passenger airbag, side airbags, remote control central locking with deadlocks, three rear 3-point seatbelts with outer belt force limiters and a comfortable centre rear seat with adequate headroom.

Peugeot 207 2006 Launch Road Test

Peugeot 207GT THP 150 2006 Road Test

Peugeot 207GT THP 150 2007 Long Term Test 1

Peugeot 207 GT THP 150 2007 Long Term Test 2

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Peugeot 207 (2006 – 2012): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4030 mm
Width 1748 mm
Height 1472–1502 mm
Wheelbase 2540 mm

Full specifications

With a height and reach adjustable steering wheel and height adjustable seats for both driver and passenger, everyone in the front can get comfortable. But some drivers will find the top of the steering wheel obscuring the top of the instruments when it's in the ideal driving position. Ride quality is excellent and even deliberately putting a wheel in a pothole hardly upset it at all.

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What's the Peugeot 207 (2006 – 2012) like to drive?

You'll get for your £8,500 a 1.4 litre 75bhp petrol engine, electric front window (driver's one-touch), split-folding 60/40 rear seats, three adjustable rear head restraints which disappear onto the seat-backs, a steering wheel adjustable for reach and rake, a stereo radio CD player, both driver and passenger seat height adjusters, ABS with EBD and EBA, a really nice, solid upper dash in non-reflective black, 15" steel wheels and trims with 185/65 R15 tyres, and a full-size spare.

And funnily enough the 1.4 petrol is the peach of the range. The engine itself is sweet as a nut; willing and free-revving. The gear ratios are well chosen. While the steering, ride and handling are spot on. It turns into corners well, grips like a homophobe's handshake, and puts a smile on your face.

The 110bhp 1.6 is a lot faster, of course. But that doesn't actually make it more fun, just faster fun. And you may occasionally find yourself hitting the rev limiter in 3rd, as we did on at least one occasion. Push it really hard and the electronics will finally wag their finger at you and put an end to the stupidity before any harm is done. But they are so far from rotten old spoilsports in the way the do this that you won't find yourself looking for the ESP ‘Off' button.

In contrast, the two diesels we drove were mildly disappointing. This 110bhp 1.6 16v HDI would normally be my engine of choice because it's the most undiesel-like diesel I know. It revs to just under 5,000, which is further than most petrol car drivers ever go, and makes the 1.6 16v 206 HDI by far the most fun car in the 206 range. But the two engines were simply to young and too tight to joyfully release the power and torque they will later be capable of delivering. So, though they had more punch uphill than the 1.6 petrol, and on paper offer a slightly quicker 0 - 60, the diesels just weren't yet lively enough to offer the fun factor of the petrol engines.

They will eventually, though. Once they're properly run-in. And with nearly 30mph per 1,000 rpm in 5th will be a lot more restful and a lot more economical on motorways.

However, the conclusion about the 207 is where I began. You'll probably be able to pay around £13,000 for a 1.6 HDI 110 GT on 17" wheels with 205/45 tyres. But pay £8,500 for a 1.4 Urban and you'll easily have just as much fun.

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Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.4 16V 44 mpg 14.2 s 152 g/km
1.4 16V 2-Tronic 46 mpg 15.5 s 146 g/km
1.4 8v 45 mpg 15.7 s 145 g/km
1.4 8V 45 mpg 15.7 s 145–150 g/km
1.4 HDi 64–67 mpg 14.8–16.9 s 110–117 g/km
1.4 VTi 48–49 mpg 12.1–12.8 s 135–140 g/km
1.6 16V 40–46 mpg 10.6–11.7 s 145–166 g/km
1.6 HDi 74 mpg 13.1 s 98 g/km
1.6 HDi 110 59–63 mpg 11.1 s 120–126 g/km
1.6 HDi 112 61 mpg 11.1 s 119 g/km
1.6 HDi 90 63–66 mpg 12.9 s 115–120 g/km
1.6 HDi 92 66–67 mpg 12.9 s 110–113 g/km
1.6 THP 150 40 mpg 8.7 s 164 g/km
1.6 VTi 46–47 mpg 10.7 s 139–141 g/km
1.6 VTi Automatic 41–42 mpg 12.7 s 155–160 g/km
Economique 1.6 HDi 74 mpg 11.7 s 99 g/km
Economique+ 1.6 HDi 74 mpg 11.7 s 99 g/km
GTi 1.6 THP 175 39 mpg 7.1 s 171 g/km

Real MPG average for a Peugeot 207 (2006 – 2012)

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Average performance

88%

Real MPG

28–73 mpg

MPGs submitted

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What have we been asked about the Peugeot 207 (2006 – 2012)?

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Why is my diesel car emitting blue smoke upon starting up?

I have a 2007 Peugeot 207 1.6 HDI, with 83,000 clocked miles. Basically, the longer the car sits unused, the more blue smoke it puts out when it starts and also the harder it is to start (cranks slower the longer it is left). Sometimes if the car is left for a full week, it will almost not start. This is even with a relatively new 640CCA 64AH battery. I'm not certain if the blue smoke issue is linked with the slower cranking but who knows. The recent cold snap is also taking its toll and increasing the difficulty of starting. The vehicle is normally used twice a week and covers approximately 40 miles for both days it is used. Another similar vehicle is used in the same manner and has no such problems. Performance when pushed to full throttle is as expected and it also returns similar MPG to the other vehicle. After a run, there is a faint odd smell from the exhaust, hinting that it is continuing to burn some oil as it is driven, however, no smoke is visible when driving, even at full throttle. The oil level on the dipstick does not drop at an abnormal rate so it can't be burning a lot. Engine idle speed is stable even immediately after a difficult start (although the start itself may be quite rough). It does not overrun when switched off.
The most obvious reason is one or more failed glowplugs failing to ignite the fuel/air in one of the combustion chambers leading to incomplete combustion and hence the smoke on start up. One the engine is running to temperature, ignition is by compression so it will then run fine.
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