Peugeot 207CC cabriolet
Price: £17,195 - £20,695
- Good quality interior
- Comfortable ride
- Handles well
- Cramped rear seats
- Expensive compared to rivals
- Looks awkward from some angles
"Peugeot's 207CC is a sporty and stylish convertible supermini that's also comfortable to drive long distances."
The Peugeot 207CC replaces the Peugeot 206CC and addresses many of that car's flaws. The new car offers a good balance between a sporty drive and a comfortable one, while build quality also feels much improved. An appealing range of engines is offered, and includes a turbocharged petrol and a fuel efficient diesel. An impressively spacious boot adds practicality to the package, but fold the roof down and the boot capacity suddenly becomes quite limited. The back seats are so small that they are all but useless too.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Diesel engine is cheapest to run but short on performance
Peugeot has recently updated the 1.6-litre diesel model in the line-up so it now produces just 125g/km of CO2 and returns an average of 58mpg. Both petrol engines are far more expensive to run. The range-topping turbocharged unit produces 170g/km.
Interior & comfort
Outdone by the newer 208
The Peugeot 207CC is, being an old model now, noticably lacking in comfort compared to the 208 hatchback. There's no convertible version of the 208 yet, but because it's newer, quieter, easier to drive and has a softer ride we recommend waiting until the 208CC comes out if you're desperate for a new Peugeot cabriolet.
Practicality & boot space
Back seats are useless, but boot space is good with roof up
Aside from the back seats, which are so cramped you'd struggle to fit even small children in them, the Peugeot is quite practical for a convertible. With the roof up there's a very usable 449 litres of boot space, but fold the bulky metal roof down, and it gets stored in the boot, cutting space massively.
Reliability & safety
Reliability is much improved
Although some owners have reported reliability issues (which have affected both the car's drive train and electrical systems) the vast majority of owners seem satisfied. Build quality is certainly much better than the 206CC this car replaces - so it seems Peugeot has learnt a few lessons from that experience.
Engines, drive & performance
Turbocharged engine is the pick of the bunch
For outright performance the 155 THP turbocharged engine is the pick of the bunch, with the 120bhp 1.6-litre engine feeling sluggish in comparison. The diesel unit is smooth, quiet and offers low running costs, but the petrol engine trumps it for driver appeal, and is almost as efficient. In corners the 207CC is agile and the steering is very responsive, making for a sporty drive. The only let down is the gearbox which has a fussy shift that sometimes makes it hard to find the right gear.
Price, value for money & options
Basic models are incredibly well equipped
The long list of standard equipment fitted to the 207CC means that even entry-level Sport badged cars have the feel of a top-spec model. You'll find air-con, electric windows all round, sports seats and central locking are all included. GT models are also available and add sporty touches like aluminium drilled pedals, 17-inch alloys and a leather steering wheel.
What the others say
Not the most graceful of open-top conversions, and it only amplifies the hatch's problems. On top of that, the Peugeot is expensive next to some rivals
It's obvious from the interior that the 207 CC has been taken upmarket. Gone are the 206's cheap plastics, for a positively premium feel.
Last updated: 28 Dec 2013