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Peugeot RCZ (2010–2015)

Last updated 18 June 2019

A revelation on the road with superb handling. Great styling with double bubble coupe roof. THP 200 engine is the pick of the range. Available with HDi diesel.
Lower powered version of 1.6-litre THP engine lacks zest. Notchy gearchange. Pointless back seats. Production ended late 2015.
Updated 18 September 2018

Report of timing chain failure on 2010 Peugeot RCZ at 55k miles. Repair quoted at £5,500. Car has full Peugeot service history. "A couple of weeks ago, with no prior warning signs, the car lost...

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The recent styling of Peugeot models hasn't been much to write home about. Models like the 407 and 3008 could be considered borderline ugly. But the RCZ is different. This sleek and stylish coupe really stands out from the rest of the Peugeot range, hence the special name without the usual '0' numbering system. This is also the first special car from the French brand with more due in the coming years.

The design is clean and unfussy with smooth lines combined with sculpted sides. The double-bubble roof is the real highlight and also a feat of design. Along with the silver roof arches and the rear spoiler that pops up at 53mph it makes the RCZ feel special before you even get inside.

The interior doesn't fill you with the same excitement as the outside but the quality is good with a solid feel to the fit and finish. The driving position is low down and the seats have plenty of support which adds to the sporty feel plus there are even two small rear seats, although they're really only useful as an extra place to out bags. That's not really a problem though as the RCZ has an surprisingly big boot with 384 litres of space.

Engines start with the 1.6 THP petrol with 156PS but it does seem a bit lacklustre especially compared to the excellent 200PS version of the same engine. This is the real pick of the range and feels very much like a Golf GTI engine. There's also a more sensible choice in the shape of the 2.0 HDi with 163PS which averages a claimed 53.2mpg.

The good news is that the RCZ has the handling to go with the looks. There is plenty of grip, it's very reassured and confidence-inspiring in corners and the steering is nicely weighted too. The ride is pretty stiff but that adds to the sports car feel. Overall, the RCZ is a great coupe that has plenty going for it. If you're after an alternative to something like an Audi TT, this could perfectly fit the bill.

Road Test Peugeot RCZ 2010

Road Test Peugeot RCZ-R 2014

Owners' reviews

Good looks can be deceiving...
Lots of people say that she's a lovely car
i love the sexiness the of the car pure luxury a this is my first major spend on a car and the newest car I've owned.
Stylish exterior with a bit of french flair thrown in.
A delightful car with a fantastic specification; I just hope it proves reliable.

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