Peugeot RCZ coupe

Price  £22,350 - £28,650

Peugeot RCZ coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Big boot
  • Concept-car looks
  • Punchy, economical engines
  • Dated interior
  • Firm suspension
  • Cramped rear seats

At a glance

The greenest
GT 2.0 HDI 163 Diesel Manual 2dr £26,600
The cheapest
Sport 1.6 THP 156 Petrol Manual 2dr £22,350
The fastest
GT 1.6 THP 200 Petrol Manual 2dr £27,150
Top of the range
Red Carbon 1.6 THP 200 Petrol Manual 2dr £28,650

“The Peugeot RCZ is a great-looking and sharp-handling coupe that’s offered with petrol and diesel engines.”

The Peugeot RCZ is fun to drive and good looking, ticking arguably the two most important boxes for coupe buyers. The car's curvy roof and ground-hugging bodywork combine to create a very eye-catching car that may surprise those who think Peugeot only makes sensible family hatchbacks and MPVs.

The French manufacturer launched the RCZ in 2010 with the intention of stealing sales from the popular Audi TT but it has also proved a strong rival for the Volkwagen Scirocco, Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ.

The interior of the RCZ is starting to look a little dated now, particularly compared to the virtual cockpit found in the new TT, but it comes with a generous list of standard equipment and there's plenty of room for occupants of the front seats.

Quite the opposite is true in the back, where two small seats are best reserved for children or weekend bags thanks to a distinct lack of leg and headroom. It's best to think of the RCZ as a two-seater coupe with rear seats for very limited use. You do get a very handy 309-litre luggage area, which actually makes the RCZ more practical than many rivals.

If you fancy an RCZ, there are three engines to choose from - a 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel and two versions of a 1.6-litre petrol engine that have 156bhp and 200bhp. The diesel is available in all three of the trim levels (called Sport, GT, and Red Carbon) and has claimed economy of 54.3mpg despite a 0-62mph time of 8.7 seconds.

The 1ess powerful of the 1.6-litre petrol engines is the cheapest option, while the more powerful version comes with firmer suspension and quicker steering, making it by far the best for driving enthusiasts. The Peugeot RCZ-R (reviewed separately) is the ultimate version of this model but the standard RCZ is still an attractive proposition. While the RCZ ultimately lacks the driving dynamics of a Toyota GT 86 and the prestige of the Audi TT, it is certainly a good value coupe that will turn plenty of heads out on the road.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

The Peugeot RCZ diesel is very economical for a sporty coupe

Engines, drive & performance

4.5 / 5

The Peugeot RCZ is brilliant fun to drive thanks to sharp handling and eager engines.

Interior & comfort

3.5 / 5

A compromised driving position, dated interior and firm ride limit comfort in the Peugeot RCZ a little

Practicality & boot space

2.5 / 5

The Peugeot RCZ has tiny rear seats, but a surprisingly big boot

Reliability & safety

3 / 5

Peugeot recorded improved customer satisfaction in Driver Power 2014 and the Peugeot RCZ has good safety equipment

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
“The RCZ is well equipped and drives with plenty of verve thanks to the grippy chassis and potent, efficient diesel engine.”
6 / 10
“It looks like a proper show-car, oozing with improbable, even impossible, design ideas like that double-bubble roof that runs seamlessly into the curved rear window. It's a Peugeot you can actually desire.”
What owners say 
4.4 /5 based on 81 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
26 Aug 2015
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