With ground-hugging bodywork and a curvaceous roof, the Peugeot RCZ is a radical departure from the hatchbacks and MPVs for which the French company is best known. The RCZ was built to be France's answer to the hugely successful Audi TT and it also finds itself in the same class as the Volkswagen Scirocco, Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ.
The RCZ has a luxurious interior for front passengers but the rear seats are strictly for contortionists, small children and shopping bags thanks to a lack of both headroom and legroom. The boot, however, is surprisingly spacious. A recent makeover has updated the exterior with a dainty grille and headlights, bringing it up to date with Peugeot's latest models. Engine choices include a frugal diesel or a 1.6-litre petrol engine that can be had with either 156 or 200bhp. The Peugeot RCZ-R coupe, reviewed separately, is a bona fide performance car.
It might not appeal to driving enthusiasts as much as the rear-wheel drive Toyota GT86, 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 a winner.