Peugeot RCZ

With its smooth bodywork and distinctive styling, the Peugeot RCZ Coupé is one of the best looking new sports cars of 2010. There's substance behind the style, too, because the car is more fun to drive than any Peugeot in recent memory. It's relatively cheap to run, thanks to the addition of a powerful yet frugal diesel engine, and it's practical too.

Peugeot RCZ coupe

Price 
£22,100 - £28,400
2 Doors
4.3 / 5
Pros
  • Dramatic looks
  • Punchy, economical engines
  • Great to drive
Cons
  • Tiny back seats
  • Expensive options
  • Not as prestigious as Audi TT

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

Price 
£32,000
2 Doors
4.1 / 5
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Very fast
  • Great to look at
Cons
  • 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.