Review

Peugeot RCZ coupe

Price  £22,350 - £28,650

Peugeot RCZ coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Big boot
  • Concept-car looks
  • Punchy, economical engines
Cons
  • 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 an attractive, good-to-drive and well equipped coupe that stands out from other cars on the road. With ground-hugging bodywork and a curvy roof, the RCZ is a radical departure from the hatchbacks and MPVs for which the French company is best known.

Launched in 2010 as Peugeot's answer to the highly successful Audi TT, the RCZ has since received a mid-life facelift that's updated the exterior, bringing it up-to-date with Peugeot's latest models. It remains a strong rival to leading coupes such as the Volkswagen Scirocco, Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ.

The RCZ has a slightly dated but very well equipped and pretty comfortable interior, with decent space for front-seat occupants. However, the tiny rear seats are strictly for contortionists or small children, due to very limited head and legroom. You’re better off thinking of the RCZ as a two-seater coupe with occasional-use rear seats that are better suited to carrying shopping bags than people. Not that the boot is small – in fact with a long and wide 309-litre luggage area, the RCZ is a surprisingly practical coupe.

Engine choice includes a frugal 2.0-litre diesel or a 1.6-litre petrol that's available with either 156 or 200bhp. With prices ranging from around £22,000 to just over £28,000, there's a choice of three trim levels – Sport, GT or Red Carbon. Offered in all three trims, the 2.0-litre HDi diesel has claimed fuel economy of 54.3mpg, so it won’t cost you a fortune to run, yet with 163bhp it has enough performance to hit 62mph from rest in 8.7 seconds.

The less powerful 156bhp 1.6-litre petrol model is the cheapest RCZ you can buy, while the 200bhp version gets uprated suspension and faster steering to ensure it has the sporty handling to match its performance. This model is the best choice for keen drivers, while the diesel blends style with low fuel bills.

The Peugeot RCZ-R coupe (reviewed separately) is a bona-fide performance car, but the standard RCZ is a very appealing coupe. It might not appeal to driving enthusiasts as much as the rear-wheel-drive Toyota GT 86, or be able to compete with the prestige of an Audi TT, but for those who simply want a good-value coupe with stunning looks, the Peugeot RCZ is very hard to beat.

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.”

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What owners say

4.445
4.4 /5 based on 80 reviews
79%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
19 Dec 2014
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