Peugeot 207 Allure
The manual petrol model powered by a 120bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. To all intents and purposes, it's the same engine you get in a MINI Cooper.
Allure is the semi-sporty top model in the 207 range. It's similar in appearance to the limited edition Sportium, but it only comes with 1.6-litre engines. You can have the 1.6-litre 120bhp turbocharged engine created in collaboration with BMW, with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox. Alternatively, there are 1.6-litre turbodiesels developing 92bhp or 112bhp, and both are available only as manuals. A six-speed gearbox is fitted to the more powerful version. Allure is not only the sportiest-looking 207; it's also the most luxuriously equipped. It has tinted rear windows and 17-inch alloy wheels, a sports interior pack and a glass sunroof, and comes with rear parking senors and side curtain airbags, on top of the features found on models lower down the range. However, Allure trim is expensive.
The 1.6-litre petrol engine is smooth and powerful, delivering decent punch from below 2,000rpm. It suits the agile 207 well, although comfort suffers a bit on bad roads because of the 17-inch wheels that come with Allure. The diesels are even stronger and can potentially give more than 60mpg economy. The 207 looks especially stylish in Allure specification and has a smartly trimmed cabin with an extensive list of comfort features, including air conditioning, a sunroof and Bluetooth mobile phone connection.
It's a surprise that the Clarion multimedia stereo available in the 207 Sportium isn’t included with this top-of-the-range model. Nor is electronic stability control. As a result the 207 Allure looks expensive and a little under-equipped against more modern rivals, and it won’t hold its value as well as some of them. You can expect to lose around two-thirds of what you paid after three years. Fortunately big discounts are available – more than £1,500 if you haggle determinedly. Rear-seat legroom is a weakness in all 207s, and reliability has not always been one of its strongest points. With 17-inch wheels, Allure models aren’t the most comfortable 207s, and that's especially true of the heavier diesels.