Review

Peugeot RCZ coupe

£22,350 - £28,650

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.