Peugeot 207 (2006 – 2012) Review

Peugeot 207 (2006 – 2012) At A Glance


+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.

Insurance Groups are between 5–26
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

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

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


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

25–73 mpg

MPGs submitted


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How long should a head gasket last?
"Is it normal for a head gasket on a Peugeot 207 to pack up after only 41,000 miles? Thank you."
It isn't normal, no. But there are usually mitigating factors. Most head gasket problems are caused by the engine running low on oil or coolant. Is this the case here? If you bought the car within the past 6 months from a dealer (and low oil or coolant isn't an issue) then you may have ground to make a claim against the company that sold you the car:
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Why do I have to fill my car up with oil so often?
"I have a 2009 Peugeot 207 SW 1.6-litre automatic with 45,000 on the clock. I acquired the car in June 2020. The car has been serviced annually (last in June 2020) and passed its MOT in January 2021. I have, however, had to fill up the oil three times in the last 10 months. I don't know if this is because I'm doing predominantly short journeys or if this is something to worry about. Any advice would be of help. Thanks."
Due to the age of the car, I imagine various seals and gaskets are starting to deteriorate and cause small leaks. It's possible the piston rings may also be worn and allowing oil into the combustion chamber (where it is burnt off). At 12 years old, the car is approaching the end of its mechanical life (most cars are scrapped at 14-years). You might be ok for another two or three years by topping up the oil but there is no way to fix age-related seal/ring problems without spending huge amounts of money on the car. However, at the car's next annual service in June, I would ask the mechanic to check the engine over for any obvious signs of oil leakage.
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Does the Peugeot 207 comes with a spare wheel?
"Does the 2009 Peugeot 207 come equipped with a spare wheel and tool kit?"
Most 207s of this age were fitted with a spare wheel as standard when sold new. But that's no guarantee that this 11-year-old model will still have it. Spare tyres should also be replaced every 10 years, regardless of tread or condition. If this car still has its original spare then it'll need replacing.
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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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