Peugeot RCZ

The Peugeot RCZ has sports car looks but costs about the same as a family hatchback. Designed to compete with the Audi TT, it represents excellent value and comes well-equipped. Powerful turbocharged petrol or diesel engines ensure performance is in keeping with its sports looks, while a surprisingly large boot and decent fuel economy also makes the RCZ more practical than most rivals.

Peugeot RCZ coupe

£22,350 - £28,650
2 Doors
4.3 / 5
  • Big boot
  • Concept-car looks
  • Punchy, economical engines
  • Dated interior
  • Firm suspension
  • Cramped rear seats

Few cars are as striking as the Peugeot RCZ. And with an interior that's a step up in terms of design and quality compared to Peugeots of old, the RCZ is a great place to spend time. Unlike the VW Scirocco, it's really a two-seater - the rear chairs are more suited to bags than anyone more than five years old.

Peugeot RCZ R coupe

2 Doors
4.1 / 5
  • Fun to drive
  • Very fast
  • Great to look at
  • Expensive price tag
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Interior can't match exterior

The Peugeot RCZ R is the most focussed version of the Peugeot RCZ to date, meaning it gets a more powerful engine, stiffer suspension, and clever technology, which gives it plenty of grip in the corners.

The top-of-the-range model gets bigger 19-inch alloy wheels and a spoiler that distinguishes it from the more basic models. It also sits 10mm lower than the normal car, gets matt-black roof arches, and xenon headlights.

Just like all RCZs, the R gets striking concept-car looks, with imposing wheelarches, a double-bubble roof, and a beak-like bonnet.

Standard equipment is generous and includes sat-nav, auto wipers, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth, although the small stereo buttons and over-complicated navigation are fiddly to use.

At the heart of the Peugeot RCZ R is a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which is a development of the motor that features in the 1.6THP RCZ. Peugeot has made a number of changes and it now produces 270bhp rather than the standard car's 200bhp.