"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.
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.
Despite being very good to drive, the 207CC isn't an out-and-out sports car. The suspension is actually very comfortable, particularly on rough roads. It manages to strike a good balance between being firm enough to be agile, but soft enough to be comfortable too. At cruising speeds, comfort and luxury is first rate, with the cabin well insulated from wind and road noise.
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.
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.
Value for money
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.
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.